Young Adult Conservation Corps


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Eligibility Guidelines 

To be eligible for the Young Adult Conservation Corps program, you must be:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 24
  • A resident of Minneapolis or suburban Hennepin County
  • No longer enrolled in high school OR enrolled in a school that allows work credit and/or independent study credits
  • From a low-income household
  • Eligible to work in the US and have proper work ID
  • Interested in developing a variety of skills and engaging in physically challenging construction labor projects

The Tree Trust Young Adult Conservation Corps (YACC) hires young adults for paid job training positions to help improve the environment and the community by maintaining green spaces and making other environmental improvements, such as property maintenance and landscape construction work. This work also helps these young people build transferable job skills to help them reach their future goals. With only five crew members per crew leader, each participant receives personal attention in a supportive and real work environment. When they graduate from the program, they leave a lasting impression on the local landscape and take with them skills they need to be successful in the workplace and in life.

Positions are available for 18-24 year olds living in Hennepin County. Program participants work 28 hours per week for 12 weeks and the beginning pay rate is $9.50 per hour with immediate potential to earn weekly incentives. The work day is Monday-Thursday, 8am-3pm. A unique part of this program includes specialized follow-up services available to participants after leaving YACC. Individualized case management services encourage young adults to follow their career passion and we are able to offer credentialing opportunities, application fees for higher education, books, and assistance with job placement.

This program is federally funded and participants must meet the funding requirements (below). To learn more, contact Outreach Coordinator, Hannah Maertz via email or 612-508-0292, or apply online by clicking the “Apply Now” button below. Tree Trust is always seeking qualified candidates for positions on our crews. Our typical 12 week work sessions are June-September, September-December, December-March, and March-June with most recruitment occurring the month prior to a session start.

Tree Trust thanks our partners for supporting the Young Adult Conservation Corps.

Bloomington Public Schools
The Bridge for Youth
City of Minneapolis Employment and Training Program
City of Plymouth Parks
Dunwoody College of Technology
Feed My Starving Children
Habitat for Humanity
Hennepin County Environmental Services
Hennepin County Libraries
Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority
Hennepin Technical College
Home Steps Preservation – Freddie Mac – DuAll Services
Intermediate District 287, Bren Road Education Center
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Minneapolis Employment Training Program
Minneapolis Public Schools, Transition Plus Services
Minnesota Internship Center Charter School
Minnesota Transitions Schools
MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge
North Hennepin Community College
Orono Intermediate School
Osseo Area Schools, Secondary Transition Center
Robbinsdale Area Schools, Transition Center
Saint Paul College
St. Anne’s Church
Westwood Hills Nature Center
Three Rivers Park District, Baker Regional Park
Three Rivers Park District, Carver Regional Park, Lake Auburn Group Camp
US Navy
University of Minnesota
Urban Ventures


If you are interested in partnering with Tree Trust to support YACC, please contact Keith Wyne via email or at 612-590-3655.



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