Twenty years ago, Paul Schmidt joined the Corps as a crew leader with the then-MCC summer program, returning the following two summers as assistant site director and then site director of the program. He worked from a base at St. John’s Landing in St. Croix State Park, which is still home to the Summer Youth Corps. From there, Schmidt worked for a couple years with the Northwest Youth Corps in Oregon, then a long stretch with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps in New England. He recently accepted a new position as executive director of Arizona Conservation Corps.
“My experience at MCC definitely set the stage for a career working with Corps,” said Schmidt. Before joining the Corps he had been studying natural resources at the University of Minnesota and wasn’t quite sure where that would take him for a career. After that first season leading a crew, he was hooked on the experience and wanted to stay involved however he could.