Applications Being Accepted for New “Forest Corps” Program

Applications are now being accepted at for the new AmeriCorps NCCC Forest Corps program (“Forest Corps“), the first major interagency partnership under President Biden’s American Climate Corps.

The Forest Corps is a five-year, $15 million interagency agreement, with the first cohort of 80 members to begin service in the summer of 2024. AmeriCorps members will serve across the country to conserve national forests and grasslands, mitigate risks of wildfires in high-risk regions, and support reforestation efforts and wildfire crisis response.

AmeriCorps members in the Forest Corps program will receive a compensation package equivalent to $15 an hour which includes lodging, transportation, clothing, a living allowance, health benefits and more. No prior education or experience will be required. 

There are two types of roles available:


Members are assigned to a regional campus to complete initial training and to receive team assignments. Diverse teams of 18-26* year-olds work under the direction of one team leader and complete the service term living and serving together. Members are responsible for completing Corps Training Institute, earning 1700 service hours, participating in physical training, and contributing to various team activities.

Team Leader

Team leaders are assigned a team of eight to 10 members. This role is not a staff position; however, team leaders are expected to guide and support the team throughout the service term. Team leaders are responsible for completing Team Leader Training, prior to member arrival. Team leaders conduct daily team activities and serve as the liaison between the team, the project sponsor, and AmeriCorps NCCC staff. Please note anyone may apply to be a team leader. Prior service experience is not required.

Application Timeline

PositionApply:Serve:Train in:
Team LeaderNov. 1, 2023 – Feb. 29, 2024Early June – AprilSacramento, CA
MemberDec. 1, 2023 – Mar. 31, 2024Late June – AprilSacramento, CA

Learn More at a Free Webinar

You can learn more about this new program at a free AmeriCorps NCCC: Forest Corps Lunch & Learn webinar. The next session will be offered on December 12, 2023. Click here to register.

For complete program information and to apply visit

Chief Randy Moore, Forest Service and Michael Smith, Chief Executive Officer, AmeriCorps, seated center of photo. Ceremonial signing on December 1, 2023, of a five-year inter-agency Forest Corps initiative that will deploy 80 National Civilian Community Corps members and team leaders annually to projects in support of the Wildfire Crisis and Reforestation strategies. (USDA Forest Service photo by Dominic Cumberland)

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