Here is all the information you may need to help you understand who the Canyon Country Youth Corps is and what you can expect if you are chosen to be a part of one of our crews!
Youth (ages 14-25, depending on crew) work under the supervision of two professional staff (Crew Leaders: ages 21+), and learn skills including: use of tools, specific project skills, employment expectations, field techniques, resource protection, environmental education, outdoor living/cooking/menu planning, and careers in natural resource management and recreation. Youth earn a wage. Tents, sleeping bags, food, tools, and safety gear are provided, if needed. Former Canyon Country Youth Corps crewmembers can be hired as Leaders-in-Training (one per crew) to help foster leadership skills/create future crew leaders.
For spring, DRRC, ERRC and fall crewmembers: the crews work in two-week sessions. These two-week sessions are called HITCHES. Each hitch is 8 days on (eight 10 hour days) then the crew will get 6 days off where they can go home or explore the area.
For the 4-Week summer crews: the crews will work four 8 hour days (Monday –Thursday). The 4-week summer crews will have a town day on each Friday then education and recreation Saturday and Sunday. The 4-Week crews crewmembers will stay with the CCYC program for the entire 4-weeks.
Once dinner is done and the kitchen is clean, nightly activities will include a crew meeting that will include a high/low activity and a time to bring up any issues amongst the crew. Once that meeting is done, then the crew will spend an hour or so doing their educational activities.
Typical Daily Work Schedule
- 5:30am: 1 CM wakes up & sets out breakfast & lunch items for the crew
- 6:00am: Everyone wakes up, eats breakfast & makes lunch
- 7:00am: Work begins with 20-minute stretch/safety circle
- 9:00am: 15 minute break
- 11:00am: Lunch Break: 30min (Unpaid)
- 2:00pm: 15 minute break
- 3:30pm: End of workday
- 4:00pm: Back to camp; for chainsaw crews only: Chainsaw Cleaning time (1 hour)
- 4:30pm: Chore time; preparing dinner, writing in journals
- 6:00pm: Dinner Time!
- 7:00pm: Diner Done; dishes washed & put away, kitchen is clean and all food is properly stored
- 8:00pm: Evening Crew Meeting and Education
- 9:00pm: Journaling and Free time
- 9:30pm: Bedtime
Please be aware that CCYC provides transportation from a set meeting location to all work sites and back at the beginning and end of the hitch only. Transportation is not provided on days-off. We do not reimburse members for travel to and from Monticello, Utah or while employed with us. We highly recommend you bring your own vehicle. It will make your experience in the Four Corners Region much more memorable and exciting. Monticello is a little town surrounded by so many breathtaking places and many of them are not walking distance! Having your car means having the freedom to explore this amazing part of the United States.