Excelsior Conservation Corps

Excelsior Conservation Corps


  • Program Dates:
    March - December 
  • Number of members: 50
  • Application Review Begins:
  • SCA’s application fee is waived for this program.
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Created in 2015 as a Governor’s Initiative, the Excelsior Conservation Corps (ECC) is a ten-month residential AmeriCorps program that partners with the NYS Commission on National and Community Services, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP), and the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation (NYSEFC). 
The ECC works on environmental stewardship projects on NYS DEC and NYS OPRHP public lands that result in the protection of natural resources, thus helping to sustain these resources over the long term for the benefit of the New York State community. Based on the needs identified by partners, ECC members will be divided in to the following crews:

Mixed Stewardship (2 total crews)

These crews will work on a diversity of projects which may include invasives removal, trail construction and/or improvement, erosion control, basic carpentry projects, chainsaw projects, culvert assessments, and GPS/GIS resource mapping.


Infrastructure and Sustainability (1 crew) 

This crew will be focused on projects that help improve the infrastructure of buildings and lands while also improving sustainability.  Projects may include weatherization, historic preservation, improving energy efficiency by installing lighting retrofits and solar panels, basic carpentry, and masonry work.


Surveying and Assessment (1 crew)

This crew will be focused on surveying for invasive species or habitat types, assessing culverts using North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC) guidelines, GPS/GIS resource mapping, and other related projects.


Environmental Outreach & Education (1 crew)

This crew will be focused on doing education and outreach for each agency. The team may be broken down into smaller crews of 2-4 if needed. From Memorial Day to Labor Day the crew will be doing weekly programing at campgrounds, environmental education centers, or nature centers.  The projects for this team may include interpretive trail building and design, outreach at fairs and festivals, creating educational videos, and conducting interpretive education programing.


ECC members will also plan and facilitate volunteer service projects that will introduce over 1,000 volunteers to natural resource management, trail repair and maintenance, habitat restoration, and general conservation stewardship efforts.

Members will receive extensive trainings and certifications that will help prepare them to safely and successfully complete assigned projects.  Some of the trainings will include:

  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid
  • CPR Certification
  • Game of Logging Chainsaw Certification
  • Basic Rigging / Grip Hoist operation
  • Extensive Trail Construction and Maintenance Skills
  • Outdoor Living Skills
  • Leadership and Communication
  • Certified Interpretive Guide Training
  • Leave No Trace (Trainer)
  • OSHA 10 Construction Certification
  • Disaster Response

Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 25 and have lived or attended school in New York State. The age for Veterans is extended to age 28. Also, veterans do not need to have New York affiliation. All applicants must be able to pass a criminal background check.

Members receive monthly living stipends and are provided with food and housing for the duration of the program.

Interested in serving with the Excelsior Conservation Corps?

  • Contact [email protected] with any questions regarding the program or application process. Once you have started your application contact [email protected] to have your application fee waived.
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Related Posts & Program Information

Albany, NY - January 20, 2016 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the selection of enrollees for New York State’s Excelsior Conservation Corps, a new AmeriCorps environmental education and stewardship program for 18 to 25 year olds. Members enrolled in the program will perform meaningful and lasting environmental projects across New York State while gaining hands on experience and skills in conservation careers.

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