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Audubon Society of Rhode Island The Nature Conservancy Rhode Island Youth Conservation League Hand-on Environmental Stewardship Labor Job Positions Available Now Hiring Land Trusts Watersheds Invasive Species Summer Jobs

  The 2018 YCL Crew with leader Kyle Hess  

RI Youth Conservation League


RI YCL

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!

Now Recruiting for the 2019 Season

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!

Paid Positions Available:

Crew in Your Community

Stewardship & Service Days:
Recruit the RI YCL team for your environmental stewardship project!

Audubon Society of Rhode Island The Nature Conservancy Rhode Island Youth Conservation League Hand-on Environmental Stewardship Labor Job Positions Available Now Hiring Land Trusts Watersheds Invasive Species Summer Jobs

Installing bird boxes in 2018

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, 2019.

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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  Submit a Proposal  


For questions about RI YCL, please contact program organizer and Audubon Senior Director of Conservation Scott Ruhren at 401-949-5454 x3004 or sruhren@asri.org.

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