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High Desert Conservation Corps

Our AmeriCorps members improve Central Oregon while also improving their lives. Crews of 4-8 young people meet daily and work mostly outdoors on public lands improvement projects. Heart of Oregon focuses on a variety of conservation work, including fire fuel reduction, trail maintenance, invasive species control, habitat restoration and fencing. The goal of these projects is to improve public lands for both wildlife and the people who utilize them while gaining valuable hands-on skills and natural resource knowledge.

Youth are taught jobs skills focused in these areas, and work with experienced Crew Leaders and Land Stewardship Trainers. Members can gain several certifications throughout a term of service including CPR/First Aid, Specific Oregon Department of Agriculture Licenses, Chainsaw and more!

Following the successful completion of full time (3 months) or part time (5.5 months) term, members are eligible to enroll in a 9-month term. AmeriCorps members earn a living stipend and a Segal Education Award for college or industry certifications. Afterward, HOC supports our young adults to begin a career path, post-secondary education, or both.

If you are done with high school or your GED, can commit to 3-5 days/week, and live in Jefferson, Deschutes, or Crook County, in Oregon, Heart of Oregon AmeriCorps might be for you! Fill out an online application, give us a call, or stop by our offices in Bend and Prineville.

Age Program Length Compensation Scholarship Offered
17-24 Full Time- 14 week term; 5 days/week $900/pay period $1,718.25 AmeriCorps Education Award
17-24 Part Time - 23 week term; 3 days/week $540/pay period $1,718.25 AmeriCorps Education Award
17-24 Full Time - 20 week term; 5 days/week $900/pay period $2,474.27 AmeriCorps Education Award
When you complete your application, you will be redirected to a new page. This means your application has been received, you DO NOT need to log in.

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Please note: this program is for current residents of Jefferson, Deschutes, and Crook counties, and is not a residential program!


Heart of Oregon Corps is an equal opportunity employer; auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. As a recipient of Federal financial assistance, Heart of Oregon Corps is prohibited from discriminating on the grounds of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief, and against any beneficiary of programs on the basis of the beneficiary’s citizenship/status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States. YouthBuild is partially funded (60%) by a $1.5M grant awarded under the Youthbuild Grant Initiative, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment & Training Administration. High Desert Conservation Corps and YouthBuild are supported by AmeriCorp's funding.