The 2018 YCL Crew with leader Kyle Hess
RI Youth Conservation League
The Rhode Island Youth Conservation League (YCL) is a project of the Rhode Island Natural History Society, Audubon Society of Rhode Island and The Nature Conservancy. It is funded by grants from the Conservation Stewardship Collaborative Endowment at the RI Foundation. The goal of the project is to create summer jobs for high school students which entail outdoor stewardship work around the state and address three critical needs for Rhode Island:
- Hands-on labor to steward our precious conservation land.
- Engaging high school age youth in meaningful activities in the outdoor environment.
- Providing job opportunities for high school age youth.
We are now recruiting for crew members, leaders and assistant leaders - see the job listings below for more information!
The Rhode Island YCL team works together on projects for Audubon and The Nature Conservancy as well as land trusts, towns and watershed groups around the state. Do you want to recruit the YCL team? Organizations are encouraged to apply for our "Crew in Your Community" opportunity!
Thank you to the 2019 YCL Crew! Stay Tuned for 2020 Recruitment Information.
Work will include controlling invasive plants, improving wildlife habitat, light carpentry such as signs and fences, native seed collection, community outreach, & more. The work will be intense & challenging, but very rewarding!
Crew in Your Community
Stewardship & Service Days:
Recruit the RI YCL team for your environmental stewardship project!
Land trusts, towns, watershed groups, etc. are eligible to apply for “Crew in your Community: Youth Conservation League Land Stewardship Day.” Qualifying land organizations will be selected for one day of YCL labor during July and August, 2020.
Applying organizations must agree to commit:
- At least 6 volunteer hours working with the YCL crew during the service day (e.g. 3 volunteers each working 2 hours, etc.) to share conservation values
- $600 cost share will be invoiced by Audubon (actual cost of crew is $1,500/day)
- A story pitch to your local press (e.g. a newspaper article about the project)
Examples of past crew projects include:
- Invasive plant removal to create river access for the Friends of the Blackstone in Cumberland
- Trail boardwalk construction to minimize wetland disturbance for The Nature Conservancy in West Greenwich and Narragansett
- Invasive plant removal and trail clearing with the Narrow River Land Trust, South Kingstown
Learn More →
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For questions about RI YCL, please contact program organizer and Audubon Senior Director of Conservation Scott Ruhren at 401-949-5454 x3004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.