Restoring Relations Youth Corps

Restoring Relations Youth Corps connects American Indian teenagers to their heritage through hands-on environmental projects on lands and waters of cultural and historic significance. The program seeks to instill local indigenous values and culture, primarily Dakota and Ojibwe, into all activities.


Youth gain job and career-planning skills and learn about natural resource management, ecology, science, technology and environmental conservation. Project locations and educational field trips are selected with the intention of connecting youth to their history, current Native conservation efforts and future career opportunities. Youth also have fun and make a difference!

The 2018 program runs from June 18-August 17, with a break during the week of July 4. Restoring Relations crews begin with environmental projects and learning opportunities in their home community. The final two 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 $9.65/hour) for 30-40 hours of work per week. Snacks and/or meals are provided.

To join the Restoring Relations Youth Corps, you must be willing to work hard, outdoors, on diverse teams, and to engage in education and new activities.

Enrollment is open to youth who are 15 to 18 years old when the program starts. Restoring Relations Youth Corps seeks applicants who are a member of a Native American tribe, or who identify as American Indian/Native American.

Check out the 2015 Youth Crew Member Handbook for additional information about Restoring Relations Youth Corps.

Applications for 2018 positions are currently closed.

For more information, contact Hollis Emery:
651.209.9900 x23
Conservation Corps Minnesota
60 Plato Blvd. E. Ste 210, Saint Paul, MN 55107


Restoring Relations Youth Corps is made possible by support from:

  • ServeMinnesota*AmeriCorps
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  • U.S. Forest Service