Northwest Youth Corps
  • Field Staff
  • Leavenworth, WA, USA
  • 826.00-875.00 per week
  • Other

POSITION TYPE: Temporary non-AmeriCorps position.

LOCATION: Lake Wenatchee, WA with extensive travel throughout the state of Washington.

DATES: Multiple sessions are available starting in February; woodsboss candidates may be considered for spring, summer, and/or fall positions depending on availability. Hiring and scheduling is on a rolling basis. Woodsbosses will spend the duration of their employment in the field supporting crew work. Days off are sporadic and coordinated with your Program Manager.

COMPENSATION: $118 per day ($125 with current WFR or EMT certification); transportation, campsites, and meals provided. Compensation is under review and may increase for the 2023 season.

QUESTIONS/CONTACT: Edison Velez, WA Program Manager:


Since 1984, Northwest Youth Corps (NYC), a non-profit organization, has provided tens of thousands of youth and young adults opportunities to learn, grow, and experience success. Through partnerships with conservation agencies, youth and young adults gain the personal and professional skills needed to carry out a variety of stewardship projects, from which they can earn a stipend, high school credit, and/or an AmeriCorps educational award. More importantly, these young people gain skills needed to become economically and socially self-sufficient, benefit their communities as citizen stewards, and recognize that they can make a positive difference. NYC also operates an accredited charter school, internship program, and the Idaho Conservation Corps (ICC).


The Woodsboss will spend the duration of their time with NYC travelling to crews throughout the Pacific Northwest providing support both personal and technical. This includes but is not limited to ensuring projects are to our partner and NYC specifications and NYC standards, camps are to NYC standards; that they are clean, safe, and follow organizational protocol; and that seasonal staff presents a rich educational program. This position will also include giving project specific technical support to crews which may include, trail maintenance and construction, fence maintenance and construction, invasive species removal, and fuels reduction. A Woodsboss may also manage some weekends, recreational trips, and be responsible for resupplying crew food and equipment.

Position Qualifications & Certifications:

  • Education: Preferred college education in outdoor recreation, forestry, environmental education, resource management or related field.
  • Experience: Experience leading or supervising a group or team in outdoor or conservation projects. The ideal candidate will have previous experience as a leader in the outdoor field or conservation corps program. We are seeking individuals with both technical skills to support crews on a variety of conservation projects and interpersonal skills to serve as a mentor to staff and participants.
  • Certification: Current wilderness first aid/CPR or higher certifications are required; or willing to obtain prior to start. Applicants must be able to demonstrate an acceptable driving record during the last three years.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license and clean driving record.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal history background check
  • Must be at least 21 at start of employment

Physical Demands/Work Environment:

  • Physical Condition: Applicants must be in good physical condition and capable of working long hours on strenuous, labor intensive projects. Work projects often require heavy lifting, constant bending, digging, and long hikes to and from the worksite.
  • Applicants must be able to backpack 7 miles and lift up to 50 lbs (with or without reasonable accommodation).
  • Position will require camping in different locations for the course of the season.
  • This position will primarily work outside in all types of weather conditions and environments including but not limited to high elevations, remote areas, cold, rain, snow, heat, humidity, wind, etc.
  • The noise level in the environment is quiet to loud. PPE is provided and use is required.
  • While performing the duties of this job, with or without reasonable accommodation, the employee is required to stand; walk; use hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools or vehicle; reach with hands and arms; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk, hear; and smell repeatedly.

Terms of Employment

Based in Lake Wenatchee, but will require travel to remote training and project locations throughout the season, which may also include travel to projects in OR, WA, and ID as needed. Our programs begin in March and continue through October, and positions may be available for each season. We are accepting applications and hiring on a rolling basis. Please provide your availability in the Job Questions section of this application. Our team will review your availability and, if you are selected for an interview, will provide approximate dates of employment.

To Apply: Visit to view open positions.

Northwest Youth Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our core purpose is to provide opportunities for youth and young adults to learn, grow, and experience success. We believe diversity is a key source of strength for our communities, and we strive to create a safe and empowering environment for participants from a wide range of backgrounds and abilities. We are deeply invested in the success of youth and young adults of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, religions, sexual orientations, economic statuses, or other socio-cultural identifiers.

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