NEED A CREW? California’s local corps are an excellent resource for your environmental and community service projects. Our skilled, reliable and well-trained crews will meet your needs while building the next generation of environmental stewards in California. From landscaping to urban forestry, affordable housing construction to emergency response and a host of other Initiatives, local corpsmembers are trained by our experienced staff to meet the highest standards and get the job done with professionalism and efficiency.
Here’s what you’ll get when you contract with a local corps:
- Diverse, well-trained work crews with supervisor
- Tools, Vehicles and Supplies
- Worker’s comp and insurance coverage
- Excellent value
Seeking a partnership with a corps ensures compliance with ATP, Prop 68, and Prop 1 program guidelines. See below for more information.
“The business community in California needs employees that come with a certain work ethic, with a certain education and with a certain skillset. The local corps are doing that for us.”Senator Ben HuesoCA District 40
HOW TO HIRE
- Waterway Restoration & Graffiti Removal Orange County Conservation Corps Working with partners including Disneyland, Orange County Conservation Corps helped launch the “Adopt-a-Channel” Initiative to remove debris and graffiti from the county’s storm channels and urban waterways. During the pilot program phase, OCCC crews removed over 1,000 pounds of debris that otherwise would have been deposited into an important ecological reserve and also abated over 15,000 square feet of graffiti from a 2-mile length of the channel. Vandalism in that channel subsequently decreased by 90%, and the pilot program was so successful that it was adopted county-wide.
- Climate Change Resiliency & Adaptation Conservation Corps North Bay and Civicorps To combat threats that are driving oysters to extinction, Conservation Corps North Bay and Civicorps partnered with the State Coastal Conservancy, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation on an innovative “nature-based adaptation” restoration project. Working alongside experts from Reef Innovations, a Florida-based group that has worked on similar projects in the past, our crews spent nine weeks fabricating oyster habitat structures that will be placed in the Giant Marsh area near Richmond. Our crew’s efforts were part of a larger project that adopts a “living shorelines” approach, with a focus on increasing habitat connectivity and shoreline protection.
- Litter Reduction, Recycling, and Public Outreach Conservation Corps of Long Beach In collaboration with the Special Olympics and the Coca Cola Foundation, Long Beach Conservation Corps is helping with recycling logistics and educating the public about recycling and responsible waste management. Their goal is to decrease contamination and increase the amount of recycled goods collected to at least 200,000 beverage containers a year by building public awareness and facilitating recycling initiatives at public events.
- Tree Mortality & Fire Prevention Greater Valley Conservation Corps GVCC crews did roadside chipping for Tuolumne County Office of Emergency Services. GVCC crews have been working on this project for over two years, assisting with chipping up tree slash from a massive tree mortality event that has impacted roadways and homeowners throughout our region.
- Lake Forest Aliso Creek Watershed Restoration Orange County Conservation Corps Funded by Proposition 68, The Orange County Conservation Corps (OCCC) is restoring a section of Aliso Creek in the City of Lake Forest. This portion of the creek is degraded with Arundo, Tamarisk, and other invasive plants. The removal of these invasive will provide significant benefits to the regionally-important biological resources while reducing the risk of catastrophic fires.
- Natural Disaster Community Support San Jose Conservation Corps During and after the Paradise Fire in Northern California, the San Jose Conservation Corps rushed crews to support the Paradise Community. Working side by side with community members, 75 corpsmembers worked over 15,000 hours to help clear lands, remove debris, and offer compassionate care to survivors and animals.
- Trail, Habitat, & Storm Water Restoration LA Conservation Corps The LA Conservation Corps, California State Parks and the Los Angeles Audubon Society are working together on a trail construction, restoration, and maintenance, and habitat restoration at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook in Culver City. Corpsmembers are grading and widening or narrowing trails that have been impacted by wear and tear, installing barriers, rebuilding the stairs, closing unsanctioned trails, and restoring habitat that have been damaged by guests going off trail or forging unsanctioned trails.
- Parks & Trails Restoration Cesar Chavez Environmental Corps Cesar Chavez Environmental Corps crews worked hard to restore OHV trails; crews are using vertical mulching techniques to eradicate illegal off road routes at Trona Pinnacles.
- Fire Restoration Los Angeles Conservation Corps and Conservation Corps of Long Beach In partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Long Beach and Los Angeles Conservation Corps joined forces with the American Corpsmember Experience to form the Southern California Conservation Corps Collaborative to restore fire-ravaged Angeles National Forest. This 700,000 acre forest, a critical natural environment and water source for the region, has been scarred by fires over the last 20 years, with significant impact on the watersheds and ecosystems. The corps are working together to eradicate invasive plants, remove waste, plant seeds, improve the trail systems, and restore riparian corridors.
- Covid-19 Response California’s local corps are MEETING THE MOMENT Helping local food banks Building emergency shelters Disinfecting senior centers Delivering food and supplies Constructing hospital tents Expanding corpsmember supports. See the Covid-19 Response page for more examples of how California’s local corps are partnering to support their communities
- The Greater Valley Conservation Corps Corpsmembers and Staff have been an outstanding partner and have not only been instrumental in the joint cleanup efforts of our community but have also touched the hearts and lives of 90 Elderly, Disabled and Military Veterans who received free cleanup and junk removal during the 2019 San Joaquin County First District’s Free Dumpster Day events. 162 in total over the last 2 years have been helped who would of never been able to do it without the help of GVCC.Miguel VillapuduaFirst District Supervisor & Chairman, San Joaquin County
- At the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, we have a lot of need for land management and land restoration work. The San Jose Conservation Corps has helped us do a lot of fuel management...so that in the event of a fire the fire doesn’t climb up to the tree and start spreading from the tops of the canopies of the trees. Our staff are always excited when they have the opportunity to work with the San Jose Conservation Corps. They really bring in a lot of energy and there’s opportunity for the young adults to learn new skills. They are our next generation stewards.Ana RuizGeneral Manager, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
- We have had great success with past Sequoia Community Corps corpsmembers and we currently have an employee on staff that has been with us 7 years that came from SCC and now is our shop manager. Others have left but have gone on to working for other contractors and have found success through the process. One of our key installers also came from the Sequoia Community Corps.Chris TaylorGeneral Manager, The Glass Shop Commercial
- For many years, the Orange County Conservation Corps has been a hard-working, reliable recycling partner in Irvine. The success of our program is due in large part to the dedication and commitments of the OCCC.Michael J. ByrneSr. Management Analyst, City of Irvine Community Services
- Civicorps plays a deeply important role in the Bay Area’s conservation landscape. Their work with public agencies like EBRPD helps ensure our region’s precious open spaces, trails, and waterways remain beautiful, accessible, and environmentally sound. Through their dynamic job training program and rigorous high school diploma program, they are training the next generation of environmental stewards who will be on the forefront of protecting the Bay Area against the ravages of climate change. I am proud to advocate for Civicorps and the talented young people they serve.Senator Nancy Skinner
- For 32 years, the Los Angeles Conservation Corps has been an indispensable partner. The Corps is turning passion into action and opportunity into lasting change in our communities.Eric GarcettiMayor of Los Angeles
- The Golden Hills Community Services District (District) is benefiting directly from the efforts of the Farmworker Institute of Education and Leadership Development (FIELD), who have secured a grant in the amount of $573, 203 to restore and fence a 165-acre nature park in the Golden Hills community. Using local restoration crews, FIELD will install preventative barriers and restore areas of the park that have been affected by illegal off-highway vehicle use. These efforts will assist the District in maintaining open meadows and a historic lake and seasonal stream that will enhance the quality of life for the Golden Hills community and visitors. Thank you FIELD for the partnership opportunity!Susan WellsGeneral Manager, Golden Hills Community Services District
- The work you do for San Francisco is simply wonderful...giving young people with limited opportunities the chance to learn, thrive, and gain skills needed to enter the workforce really is essential for building our new economy in this century and providing a solid foundation for young people for the workforce.Senator Dianne Feinstein
- The young people of the Conservation Corps of Long Beach are vastly improving the Lower LA River Landscape through their tireless efforts and stewardship of the River. At the same time they are improving their own lives, the lives of their families, and their community.Senator Lena Gonzalez (33rd District)
- While I was working on various details, I realized what an integral part the Local Conservation Corps has become to the City of Fresno Waste Tire events over the last two years. Your organization has consistently provided quality work crews that are capable, enthusiastic and ready to get the job done. I have been impressed by their courtesy, professionalism, motivation and the seamless incorporation of your team members with our own and I cannot imagine an Amnesty event without the help of the Local Conservation Corps. I am looking forward to many more successful Waste Tire Amnesty Day events with the Local Conservation Corps.John OutfleetSenior Community Revitalization Specialist, City of Fresno
- I would like to give a big compliment to the Urban Corps of San Diego County crews... Both supervisors and crews have been exceptional in performing and completing the tasks given to them and their crew supervision has been nothing but outstanding. Thank you again for providing Mission Trails Regional Park with outstanding field supervisors and crews.Melvyn NaidasPark Ranger, Mission Trails Regional Park
- The Sonoma RCD was very pleased with Conservation Corps North Bay’s work on our emergency fire restoration projects. We look forward to working with them again. The land has been greatly improved by the Corps.Aaron FairbrookProgram Manager, Sonoma Resource Conservation District
FIND YOUR LOCAL CORPS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you would like to hire a crew for your next project use the map/links below to locate and contact a corps in your area to discuss timeframe and project requirements.
How do I fulfill the ATP/Proposition 1/Proposition 68 Corps Consultation requirement for my state grant application?
Simply send basic project details via email concurrently to the California Association of Local Conservation Corps (CALCC) and the California Conservation Corps (CCC). For detailed information and contacts for these programs see the Hire a Crew: State-Required Consultation page.
Costs vary based on the scope of the project, but in any case you can count on your local community conservation corps to deliver exceptionally strong value and enhance the benefits of your project.