Forest Stewards Youth Corps
The FSYC program develops a new generation of skilled workers, educated and active citizens, and future community leaders.
The mission of the Forest Stewards Youth Corps program is to provide career training in natural resources for 16-19 year olds from forest dependent communities in New Mexico that have few employment opportunities.
Our fire and fuels crew provides similar, advanced opportunities for 18-25 year olds.
Benefits of participation
The Forest Stewards Guild is a member of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC), a national youth and veteran service program. Alumni of the FSYC qualify for 21CSC benefits.
If you have completed 640 hours of appropriate conservation corps projects on public lands (the equivalent of at least two full FSYC work seasons) and are between the ages of 16-30, you are eligible for the Public Lands Corps Hiring Authority (PLCHA) two year non-competitive hiring status for land management positions.
Forest Stewards Youth Corps accomplishments
Since it's inception, the FSYC program has:
- employed over 700 youth,
- achieved 300,000 hours of conservation service and education (similar to 8 full time employees per year),
- awarded over 200 hours of college credit, and
- invested over $7 million in rural New Mexico communities.
Corps members have gone on to build successful careers in natural resource management and become strong leaders in their communities.
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