Civilian Climate Corps

Civilian Climate Corps

Section 215 of Executive Order (EO) 14008 “On Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad” directs multiple federal agencies to develop a strategy for creating a Civilian Climate Corps (CCC) Initiative using existing appropriations to mobilize the next generation of conservation and resilience workers and maximize the creation of accessible training opportunities and good jobs. The goal of the Initiative is to conserve and restore public lands and waters, bolster community resilience, increase reforestation, increase carbon sequestration in the agricultural sector, protect biodiversity, improve access to recreation, and address the changing climate. EO 14008 directs the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture to utilize existing national service programs to establish the CCC.  

The BLM’s efforts to implement the CCC Initiative will also support EO 13985 “On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government” which directs federal agencies to pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all and creating opportunities to improve historically underserved communities. 

This plan represents an initial step in developing the BLM’s CCC Initiative. The BLM will implement the goals and objectives of the CCC Initiative by collaborating across directorates, divisions, and programs. This plan provides targets and outcomes to address hands-on training, workforce needs and hiring opportunities for young adults through various employment programs. In addition, it provides guidance and identifies resources necessary to implement the CCC Initiative. This plan relies on existing authorities and directorates’ support across the Bureau. 

Mission

The mission of the CCC Initiative is to engage young people and veterans in activities to sustain and improve the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands. 

Vision 

The BLM will leverage and expand its education, volunteer, and youth programs to support the Bureau’s mission to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Public lands provide significant resources for engaging underrepresented groups and economically challenged communities. Through targeted engagement, the BLM will develop future stewards and conservation leaders who are familiar with natural and cultural resources on public lands, will cherish their intrinsic characteristics, and help the Bureau ensure all individuals, groups and communities share in their enjoyment and responsible use. 

Civilian Climate Corps Initiative - Participant Eligibility 

The BLM will primarily utilize its existing framework of partnerships and administrative processes authorized under the Public Land Corps Act to implement the CCC Initiative.  

The Public Land Corps (PLC) program works with qualified youth and conservation/service corps (hereinafter referred to as youth corps) to provide opportunities and education for young people ages 16 to 30 and returning veterans up to age 35 in natural and cultural resource conservation, professional development, and scientific studies. The PLC hiring authority offers a noncompetitive hiring status within two years of completing 640 hours of creditable service. The PLC hiring authority offers opportunities to attract and launch the next generation of conservation leaders. The PLC program is often associated with engaging youth in project-based work experience. These hands-on experiences often lead to entry level careers with federal land management agencies. In recent years, many youth corps organizations have been offering undergraduate and graduate students the same opportunity to participate in the PLC program. These emerging youth corps professionals often bring scarce skills (GIS, Engineering, Web-Design) to the sponsoring agency. The Initiative also provides opportunities for veterans to develop skills in a variety of public land management disciplines such as wildland fire or landscape restoration while benefitting the Bureau with their military experience and work ethic.  

Through other existing BLM partners and programs such as Direct Hiring Authority for Resource Assistant Internship (DHA-RAI), Pathways, Recent Graduates and Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) programs, the CCC Initiative will pair work with desired goals of a team or individuals to engage youth and young career adults at all levels of the program. 

This Initiative will seek to recruit participants from underrepresented communities by marketing opportunities to job boards, minority and veteran hiring services, and organizations serving diverse student populations such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaska Native-Serving Institutions and American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions. 

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