Each summer the Missoula County Department of Ecology & Extension provides 4 high school students a unique employment opportunity to participate in and learn about local conservation organizations within Western Montana and the important work they perform.
Youth in Restoration is a cooperative program that builds collaborative partnerships between diverse land management organizations while providing youth crew members with career mentoring and on-the-ground training in natural resource conservation work.
The youth crew works on a variety of hands-on activities over their 8 weeks of service. This program is a great way to enter the workforce, establish a resume, practice time management, and gain valuable skills in working with a team.
A typical day may include the removal of noxious weeds on public and/or private land, monitoring, and mapping vegetation such as newly discovered invasive grass species, collecting and releasing thousands of biological control insects, removal of fencing that inhibits wildlife movement, removing browse cages as part of an ongoing stream restoration effort to enhance native trout populations, thinning for fire suppression in an old-growth ponderosa pine forest, backpacking into the Bob Marshall Wilderness to remove noxious weeds, or floating the local rivers and lakes to monitor for aquatic invasive species.
Is the Youth in Restoration Program perfect for someone you know?
- High school students aged 14-18 years old.
- Has transportation to and from the Missoula Fairgrounds Monday - Friday by 8:00 a.m.
- Will miss no more than 4 workdays throughout the 8–9-week employment period.
- Enjoy hands-on tasks, outdoors in all kinds of weather and locations.
- Have fun working to improve or restore public lands.
If you know someone who might be interested, contact Steffany at 258-4211 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about the program and a link to the application on our website.