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Public Lands Corps

What is it?

The USDA Forest Service Public Land Corps (PLC) is a work and education program for individuals that want to contribute to the rehabilitation, restoration, and repair of public lands resources and infrastructures. The PLC Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2005 amended the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 to prioritize projects that protect forests and added non-competitive hiring authority for PLC graduates. See the PLC Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2005.

What do PLC members do?

PLC members perform a wide range of services, from maintaining trails to coordinating volunteers and special events on public lands. They create healthy and safe environments for recreation and exercise, support visitor experiences, and preserve historic structures.

What are the benefits of being a PLC member?

  • Protect and preserve public lands
  • 120 day hiring eligibility status after successful completion of PLC service
  • A living allowance or stipend during term of service
  • Learn new skills and acquire work experience

Carmen Young, as a Forest Service - MobilizeGreen intern performing volunteer service at the Department of Agriculture; Washington DC, March 2012. Photo credit: David Hunsinger

"After college I joined the non-profit MobilizeGreen as an intern and was subsequently stationed at El Yunque National Forest as a volunteer coordinator. After a year, I was offered another internship at Forest Service headquarters in the national Volunteers & Service program. My internship was invaluable in that I was in a position to broadcast and develop professional talents for future employment. My performance landed me an offer for a federal position in my preferred area in conservation. The diligence of my internship supervisor and the non-competitive hiring status I earned through Public Lands Corps helped a lot!"

Carmen Young, Washington, D.C. Forest Service Washington Office

How do I apply?

PLC projects are made possible through organization partnerships with the Forest Service. A list of our PLC partners is forthcoming. Interested eligible individuals should apply to these organizations to participate.

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Last modified September 04, 2014

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