Youth in Restoration

Youth in Restoration

The Youth in Restoration Program (YIR) was developed to expose high school students to the processes involved in land management. YIR provides youth career mentorship and on the ground experience in natural resource/conservation work while building and strengthening partnerships within a diverse mix of stewardship and management organizations.


The extensive partnerships involved in making this program successful enable the YIR to work with a variety of experts within different levels of land management. The youth crew is involved with; land management professionals from state and federal agencies, conservation managers from the City and the University, botanist and range technicians from DNRC and Forest Service, local ranchers and land stewards from non-profit partners. The partnerships between state, federal and private agencies will ensure a variety of land-use/conservation/restoration work experience for the youth crew and the collaboration is beneficial for all.

Program Partners:

  • Five Valleys Land Trust
  • Lolo National Forest
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Montana Biological Control Coordination Project
  • National Bison Range
  • City of Missoula Conservation Lands
  • University of Montana Natural Areas
  • Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
  • DNRC
  • Lolo National Forest Bureau of Land Management
  • Fish, Wildlife & Parks
  • MPG Ranch
  • Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation
  • Missoula County Parks
  • Clearwater Resource Council

Is the Youth in Restoration Program for you?

Are you a high school student age 14-18 years old?

Can you get to the Missoula County Weed District office Monday - Friday by 8:00 a.m.?

Will miss no more than 4 workdays throughout the 8-9 week employment period.

Do you enjoy hands-on tasks, outdoors in all kinds of weather and locations?

Do you like having fun working to improve or restore public lands?

Does camping as part of your job sound fun?

Important Dates:

Apply by Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

Interviews June 4th and 5th, 2020

Employment typically runs from third week of June through the third week of August


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