The Rhode Island Youth Conservation League (YCL) is an innovative approach to meeting important needs of the local land conservation movement through: 1) greater capacity for stewarding conservation land, 2) sustained, broadened public support for land conservation generally, 3) renewed, strengthened connections between people and nature.
The YCL has been developed, beginning in 2010, by the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, the Rhode Island chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and the Audubon Society of Rhode Island with the hope that it will become a permanent conservation stewardship program for the state. The YCL will:
2017 CREW has not been announced yet…stay tuned
Do you want to earn money and help the environment? Make friends? Get experience that will improve your future job or college options? Applications for crew positions are coming soon.
Download YCL Crew Ad PDF
Download YCL Crew Application PDF
If you are in college and interested in careers in environmental management or leadership or, having finished college, you are looking to build leadership experience, consider being a YCL Leader or Assitant Leader. You’ll work closely with environmental professionals to make your crew a success throughout the summer.
Download YCL Crew Leader Job Ad PDF
Download YCL Assistant Crew Leader Job Ad PDF
In 2015, the crew focused on the urgent land stewardship needs of Audubon Society of Rhode Island and The Nature Conservancy, the Napatree Point Conservation Area in Westerly, and local land trust projects around the state.
In 2017, tasks will again include trail building and maintenance, invasive plant removal, and habitat restoration. You’ll work hard every day but the time will fly by as you and new-found friends learn new skills and overcome challenges.