Rockland Conservation & Service Corps (RCSC) Members dedicate their summer to carrying out environmental service projects in the Rockland County region. We are looking for passionate, enthusiastic, and friendly young people (18+, out of high school) who want to grow as civic leaders and gain work-related experience while making tangible environmental impacts on our community. As part of our Corps, you will see how volunteer-led conservation efforts can lead to real community change!
RCSC is not your average Conservation Corps!
RCSC provides the Conservation Corps experience (trail work, conservation, education, service projects) along with excellent opportunities to learn about land use, community development and planning. We use the unique land use features of the Rockland region along with the community’s rich social, cultural, historical and recreational assets to guide our service-learning experience. Members apply their knowledge and training to government and non-profit workplaces, resulting in tangible community impact. The cumulative Conservation Corps experience sharpens the Member’s workplace competencies and enhances their career exploration and opportunities.
The program begins full-time on or about May 22, 2023. Applications are due April 7, 2023.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis after 4/7/23 if positions remain available.
WHAT YOU WILL DO
Our Corps consists of about twenty-six college-aged Members who spend 350-hours outdoors learning about environmental conservation and carrying out community service work. The summer is broken into three primary parts:
Part I: Training
A 7 to 10-day environmental conservation and leadership training with the whole Conservation Corps.
Part II: Site Placement
Members are placed in teams of 2- 4 people at one of several host sites for four days out of the five-day work week (Monday to Thursday). Site examples: County of Rockland Drainage Agency, Town of Ramapo Department of Public Works, and the Division of Environmental Resources. Sites change annually. At these sites, members work on various types of conservation projects for 250 hours of service time.
Part III: Friday Projects
On Friday of each week all our Members come together for hands on group service projects which will total about 50 hours.
TERM OF SERVICE
Start Date: On or about Monday, May 22, 2023
End Date: Friday, August 18, 2023*
*As needed, members may serve until August 31, 2023 to complete the required hours.
Hours: 350 [100 training, 250 direct service]
Hours Per Week: 35-40
Days of Service: Monday through Friday and some weekends
TRAINING: What you will learn
(50 hours) RCSC offers an experience that has components of classic environmentalism and community action projects while also exposing you to hands on government and not-for-profit environmental conservation work. Our 50 hours of environmental training and 50 additional hours of Friday service projects provides environmental education on a huge variety of topics such as public speaking, pollution, consumerism, career readiness, and event planning.
Members are taught how to:
SERVICE: What type of work
(250 Hours) Each site placement offers customized community service experiences with unique environmental opportunities. Below is an example of some of the work our Members have done in previous summers:
What are the sites:
Member are placed at one of several service sites for four out of the five-day work week (Monday – Thursday). Members spend eight hours a day at these sites immersed in a conservation project specific to that community and organization. Sites change annually. Past service sites have included:
COMMUNITY IMPACT: Friday Projects
(50 Hours) On Friday’s our whole Corps come together for group service projects and exploration days. Some past service-learning days included:
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