Forest Stewards Youth Corps

Now hiring for the Fall Forest Stewards Youth Corps Fire & Fuels program!

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The Forest Stewards Guild is hiring Crew Members for two FSYC crews based out of the Mountainair and Espanola U.S. Forest Service Ranger Districts. We are also hiring for the Crew Leader position on the Mountainair Ranger District. The program runs for 12 weeks from August 19th until November 8th. Crews will complete natural resource management projects and participate in prescribed fire operations when conditions and weather permit. 
To apply as a Crew Member complete the online application, which is available here and There will be two rounds of hiring. Round one will be for applications received on or before April 28th. Round two will be for applications received on or before June 9th. Apply early to be included in the first round!!
To apply as a Crew Leader email a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Matt Piccarello ( Use the email subject "yourlastname_2019FSYC_leader_app." The position is open until filled so apply early!!
Crew Member qualifications
  • 18-25 years old
  • New Mexico resident
  • No previous wildland fire fighting experience is required
  • Physically fit and able lift 75lbs, work long days in the field (14 hours) and walk with heavy loads on steep and uneven terrain.
  • Certification as a wildland firefighter within one week of the start of the program (training provided).

Crew Leader qualifications

  • 18-25 years old
  • New Mexico resident
  • Must possess a valid New Mexico driver's license
  • Previous outdoor leadership experience.
  • Previous wildland firefighting experience is preferred
  • See crew member fitness qualifications
  • Excellent organization, communication, and leadership skills
  • Certification as a wildland firefighter within one week of the start of the program (training provided).
Training opportunities:
The fall Forest Stewards Youth Corps (FSYC) Fire & Fuels program will include a comprehensive
training component that will include National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Basic Wildland Fire Fighting (S-130/190), Wildland Fire Chainsaw Use (S-212), CPR and first-aid, defensive driving, and New Mexico Forest Worker Safety. FSYC participants will also receive on the job training and mentorship from U.S. Forest Service and Forest Stewards Guild staff.
Other details:
The 2019 fall program will start with a 5-day training at the Cottonwood Gulch Foundation near Thoreau, NM. For the remainder of the program, each crew will report to their respective USFS ranger station. FSYC participants must supply their own wildland fire fighting boots, which must measure 8 inches from heel to the top of the boot, be constructed of all leather, and have lugged soles. All other personal protective equipment will be provided. Camping equipment will be required for the training and prescribed fire operations. While some equipment may be provided, participants should supply their own camping equipment (tent, 20 degree sleeping bag, sleeping pad etc.) Crew members will earn $12.50/hour. Crew Leaders will earn $14.50/hour.
The mission of the Forest Stewards Youth Corps program is to provide career training in natural resources for 16-19 year olds from forest dependent communities in New Mexico that have few employment opportunities. Since it's inception, the FSYC program has employed over 600 youth, achieved 200,000 hours of conservation service and education, awarded over 200 hours of college credit, and invested over $3 million in rural New Mexico communities. Corps members have gone on to build successful careers in natural resource management and become strong leaders in their communities.
Youth employment in conservation provides service, training, education and employment opportunities for young Americans and helps preserve, protect, and promote America’s greatest gift - our public lands. Youth corps programs like the Forest Stewards Corps change lives by providing critical opportunities, training, employment, and life skills to low income and disadvantaged youth just entering the work force. 
The Forest Stewards Guild would like to thank all of our 2018 sponsers, funders, and supporters!
In 2018, the Guild employed 35 youth on six different Ranger Districts across Northern New Mexico. The crews worked to: 
  • Protect and restore public lands and waters, and natural, cultural, and historical resources. 
  • Increase public access while promoting local economies and outdoor recreation.
  • Perform noxious weed removal on USFS land
  • Build or repair fencing to protect natural and historical resources
  • Build and maintain public recreation trails
  • Create resilient landscapes and fire adapted communities
  • Improve facilities, wells, and cattle guards
  • Restore riparian areas in key watersheds
  • Install wildlife-friendly fencing and restore endangered species habitat
The FSYC program develops a new generation of skilled workers, educated and active citizens, and future community leaders. You can help us change more lives and provide more opportunity for young people by supporting the Forest Youth Stewards Corps program.

Press: KSFR 101.1, Julian Paras, Forest Stewards Guild Trains Area Teens in Resource Management

Important information for the 2018 FSYC season. Emergency Contacts, What to Expect, and Gear

Read our 2016 Forest Stewards Youth Corps Case Statement or look back at FSYC history.

FSYC is a 20+ year old program in New Mexico, learn more about past FSYC accomplishments and impacts here.