The Bridges Project – an extension of Youth Outdoors – provides the next step for teenagers interested in a career in the environmental field. Youth crews work alongside professionals and scientists to gain in-depth experiences and advanced training in natural resource management, ecology, science, technology, environmental conservation and Minnesota natural and cultural history, along with extensive job and career planning skills. If you are interested in pursuing a career in the environmental field, this program is for you.
Conservation Corps staff work with youth in small groups and one-on-one to pursue accelerated credit through opportunities such as College in the Schools, Post-Secondary Enrollment Option and Advanced Placement coursework. During the summer, youth work alongside professionals on advanced natural resources projects in the Twin Cities and Superior National Forest, explore careers with natural resource and university professionals and observe environmental research. Youth also have fun and make a difference! Upon completion of the project, Conservation Corps staff and University of Minnesota representatives continue to provide support and guidance as youth pursue a college degree and a career in the environmental field.
The 2016 program runs from June 13-August 19, with a break during the week of July 4. Bridges Project crews begin with environmental projects and learning opportunities in their home community and at nearby state parks. The final 2-3 weeks of the season are typically spent in a different region of Minnesota to introduce the crew to other ecosystems and project work. Crews typically work Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., but exact times will vary. They earn minimum wage (currently $9.00/hour) for 30-40 hours of work per week. Snacks and/or meals are provided.
To join the Bridges Project, you must be willing to work hard, outdoors, on diverse teams, and to engage in education and new activities. Prior experience in a Conservation Corps program, such as Youth Outdoors, or with a similar organization is required.
The program is currently open to Twin Cities high school students, ages 15 to 18. The Bridges Project is intended to increase diversity at colleges and in the professional workforce. Therefore, the Bridges Project seeks applicants who identify as an ethnic or racial minority in Minnesota and who are potentially interested in a long-term career in the environmental field. Youth in the program typically start off in our Youth Outdoors program for a semester and then continue into the Bridges Project for the summer months. See the Youth Outdoors semester schedules for information about these timelines.
For more information, contact Hollis Emery:
Conservation Corps Minnesota
60 Plato Blvd. E. Ste 210, Saint Paul, MN 55107
Bridges Project is made possible by support from:
- Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources
- Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
- Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund
- U.S. Forest Service
- Bush Foundation
- Otto Bremer Foundation
- McNeely Foundation
- Pentair Foundation
- Wells Fargo Foundation