Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers

Job Corps Civilian Conservations Centers are cool because young people can earn vocational certificates in forestry, advanced, forestry, and wildland firefighting and have the opportunity to compete to become career Forest Service employees.

Job Corps LogoCentennial Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is associated with the Boise National Forest and the Weber Basin Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is associated with the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Forest Service Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers are managed through an inter-agency agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor.

The mission of the Forest Service Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers 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.

Weber Basin Job Corps Host Fire School

The Weber Basin Job Corps and the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest hosted its annual Job Corps Fire School for 35 Job Corp Students and 2 Staff. The students start with Physical Fitness sessions in January, and in March take the Work Capacity Test, the BLM Physical Fitness Challenge, and finish up with Basic Fire School. This training provides in class and field training to Job Corps Student Firefighters who staff several resources from the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Weber Basin Job Corps hosts and provides an operational work station at the center for a 20 Person Hand Crew, Type 4 Engine, Ten Person Initial Attack Squad, Ten Person Camp Crew and a Job Corps Fire Operations Specialist. Weber Basin Job Corps has been working with the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest in hosting a Wildland Fire Program since 1986.  

Weber Basin Job Corps Students to the Rescue!

Photo of two students removing limbs and logs from yard.Weber Basin Job Corps students were on the scene helping residents recover by removing downed trees and debris after a tornado swept through Washington Terrace in Ogden, Utah. Read the entire story and view photos.

Work of Centennial Job Corps Welders Featured Alongside the Capitol Christmas Tree

Photo of a student spraying metal to oxidize it.The Payette National Forest approached Centennial Job Corps’ welding program to ask if its students could take an artist’s design and create a sign to accompany the Capitol Christmas tree as it made its way across the country to Washington, D.C.  Read the entire story and view photos.