The U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, operates Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across the nation. Its mission is to train eligible youth, ages 16 to 24 with educational, social, and vocational skills while assisting in the conservation of the nation’s public natural resources.
These centers prepare students with the skills they need to meet a demanding and ever-changing workplace built on a foundation of accountability, commitment, and positive social skills. They have a rigorous vocational training program that when combined with a demanding academic curriculum prepares students to excel in the 21st-century workforce. The centers offer more than 30 occupations, in some cases through pre-apprenticeship programs run by international trade unions. As first responders during local, state, and national disasters, Forest Service Job Corps students also are trained by local Forest Service units to assist during national emergencies, including those caused by wildfires, floods, hurricanes, and tornados.
Forest Service Job Corps is a program of opportunity. The majority of its students come from low-income communities, both urban and rural, who are seeking pathways to prosperity. After completing training, graduates return to their communities as productive workers, consumers, community leaders and entrepreneurs. The work that occurs each and every day by Job Corps students and staff showcases our nation’s wise and continuing investment in the conservation of America’s natural resources...not just our land, but our young people’s lives.
The new Green Jobs Training curriculum of the Forest Service’s Job Corps will expand employment opportunities for its graduates, help revitalize local economies in rural communities and enhance the mission of the agency.