Forest Stewards Youth Corps

The Forest Stewards Guild would like to thank all of our 2018 sponsers, funders, and supporters!
Do you like the outdoors and need a summer job? Watch for announcements to apply to the Forest Stewards Youth Corps (FSYC) program! The FSYC, a program of the Forest Stewards Guild, provides employment and job training for youth interested in forestry and natural resource management careers. In 2018, FSYC will employed six crews based out of the Cuba, Mt. Taylor, Jemez, Las Vegas/Pecos, Española, and Mountainair U.S. Forest Service ranger districts. The program ran for 9 weeks from May 29th until July 27th. Applications taken through the online form only, early in the year. 
• CPR and First-aid certifications 
• The opportunity to earn 2 college credit hours for successful completion of the program 
• Experience working on a variety of conservation projects including trail maintenance, forest monitoring, fire ecology, and wildlife habitat restoration 
• To work as a team on important projects that will benefit the environment, public lands and your community
• $8.80/hr and good work experience to put on your resumé!
You must have an interest in learning about natural resources, forestry, wildlife, biology, fire ecology and related fields and a positive work ethic. You must be prepared to camp at Hyde State Park during a 3-day orientation at the start of the program. You will return home every other night. Food is provided while camping. Every other day you must come prepared to work with lace-up leather work boots, long sleeve shirt, long pants, hat, sunscreen, jacket and a bagged lunch. You must be willing to comply with Forest Service and FSYC rules and policies. You must be available for work Mon-Fri. Crew members will earn an hourly wage of $8.80. Must be a NM resident between the ages of 16-19.
To apply for Crew Member please watch for announcements early in 2019 that we are accepting online applications. Application deadlines are typically in early March. You will be contacted by phone or email if you are selected for an in-person interview. You will need an accurate phone and email on your application. View last year's (2018) job announcement here.
If you would like to apply for a Crew Trainer position please send a resumé and cover letter to Matt Piccarello: detailing your experience and reason for applying. Indicate in your cover letter which Ranger District and which season (summer and/or fall) you are applying for. Use the email subject: yourlastname_2018FSYC_trainer_app. APPLY EARLY, spots are open until filled! View last year's (2018) job announcement here.
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. Since it's inception, the FSYC program has employed over 600 youth, achieved 200,000 hours of conservation service and education, awarded over 200 hours of college credit, and invested over $3 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.
Youth employment in conservation provides service, training, education and employment opportunities for young Americans and helps preserve, protect, and promote America’s greatest gift - our public lands. Youth corps programs like the Forest Stewards Corps change lives by providing critical opportunities, training, employment, and life skills to low income and disadvantaged youth just entering the work force. 
In 2017, the Guild employed 35 youth on six different Ranger Districts across Northern New Mexico. The crews worked to: 
  • Protect and restore public lands and waters, and natural, cultural, and historical resources. 
  • Increase public access while promoting local economies and outdoor recreation.
  • Perform noxious weed removal on USFS land
  • Build or repair fencing to protect natural and historical resources
  • Build and maintain public recreation trails
  • Create resilient landscapes and fire adapted communities
  • Improve facilities, wells, and cattle guards
  • Restore riparian areas in key watersheds
  • Install wildlife-friendly fencing and restore endangered species habitat
The FSYC program develops a new generation of skilled workers, educated and active citizens, and future community leaders. You can help us change more lives and provide more opportunity for young people by supporting the Forest Youth Stewards Corps program.

Press: KSFR 101.1, Julian Paras, Forest Stewards Guild Trains Area Teens in Resource Management

Important information for the 2018 FSYC season. Emergency Contacts, What to Expect, and Gear

Read our 2016 Forest Stewards Youth Corps Case Statement or look back at FSYC history.

FSYC is a 20+ year old program in New Mexico, learn more about past FSYC accomplishments and impacts here.