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Idaho Conservation Corps

Trail Crew

June - August 2019 • Avery, ID

What I liked

Working outdoors everyday in remote country was the best experience! I got to see so much new country and work with an amazing crew. I learned a lot about myself.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have been an actual Forest Service employee, but this was definitely a good stepping stone.

Advice

Keep an open mindset. It is a lot of hard work in sometimes bad weather, or miles of hiking in a day, or long hitches, but just be open to new learning.
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Silviculture Crew member

June - August 2020 • Boise, ID

What I liked

Physical work, outside, with great folks!

What I wish was different

Better crew management and leadership. Some of the crews were given the exact same project for the whole time which sucked and limited learning opportunities. Most of the crews were doing different jobs than what they signed up for.

Advice

Anybody can spend 10 weeks in a tent when it comes down to it, don’t let that scare you off. You will leave feeling more comfortable in the field than in the city.
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Logger

June - September 2019 • Mccall, ID

What I liked

Camping for 9 days at a time with limited service was awesome. Got to cut down some trees!

What I wish was different

Later wake up time

Advice

Prepare go get really close to your crew. And eat and drink all the time.
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Wilderness Crew

May - August 2019 • Kooskia, ID

What I liked

I loved the crew I was on and the impact we made by clearing out a trail. Living there for so long brought me a great appreciation for what I have in my life.

What I wish was different

Had one more person on our 5-man crew.

Advice

Get into nature. Get away from all the nonsense of life in the city. Put down your phone and really take in the beauty of the world around you
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Botany Technician

May - November 2019 • Mccall, ID

What I liked

Discovering the Payette National Forest Remote botanical surveys, sometimes camping overnight Finding rare and sensitive plants like the Hotspring Orchid and Goblin Moss Working with the US Forest Service on various conservation projects Wide variety of experiences and training

What I wish was different

The pay is comparatively low, but the experience is excellent

Advice

AmeriCorps offers a variety of interesting jobs around the US
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Forestry Technician Intern

May - August 2019 • New Meadows, ID

What I liked

I learned how to conduct forest inventory and work alongside forest service employees in the field.

What I wish was different

Advice

Ask plenty of questions and don't be afraid of trying new things.
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Labor

May - August 2018 • Boise, ID

What I liked

Did something productive

What I wish was different

Wish I was more physically able

Advice

It is awesome!
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