Frequently Asked Questions

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When recruits complete their initial orientation and training they receive a “Blue Hat” which signals they are officially Corpsmembers.

Who can join the CCC?

The CCC is for individuals ages 18 through 25 and military veterans through age 29. Prospective CCC Corpsmembers must successfully pass a background check, drug test, and physical exam before enrolling in the program.

Applicants cannot have a record of a criminal conviction or pending legal action for a serious felony or violent crime and cannot be on parole or formal probation. The CCC accepts applicants of all income and education levels.

CCC applicants must be California residents. However, out of state applicants who meet CCC eligibility requirements may be considered for enrollment, depending on space and availability.

Why should I join?

As a Corpsmember, you will work toward sustaining California’s natural resources in communities and state and national parks while enhancing your professional, educational, and personal goals. The skills and lessons you learn in the CCC build a strong foundation for starting your career, and stay with you for the rest of your life.

Veterans often find, through the CCC, pathways to careers in firefighting, transportation departments and in fish and wildlife departments.

The CCC also gives you opportunities to see beautiful and unique parts of California, create lifelong memories, and form lasting relationships with fellow Corpsmembers.

If I’m not a California resident, can I still join?

The CCC’s annual Backcountry Trails Program is open to out of state applicants. Depending on space and availability, out of state applicants may be considered for the CCC residential program. Interested applicants living outside of California are encouraged to apply online and follow the CCC on Facebook. Please contact a CCC Recruiter if you have additional questions: 1-800-952-5627 or

How long is the program?

The CCC is designed as a one year, full-time program. By completing a full year of service, you gain access to the full range of opportunities, training and experiences offered by the CCC. For example, during a full year of CCC service, you can create the opportunity to promote, transfer centers and/or crew types, apply to join our Backcountry Trails Program, and be eligible for both the CCC scholarship and the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.

How much are Corpsmembers paid?

As of August 1, 2018, Corpsmembers are paid a monthly stipend of $1,905. Corpsmembers who demonstrate strong leadership, motivation, and work performance may be able to promote to leadership positions with an increased stipend amount.

Additionally, Corpsmembers have opportunities to earn emergency excess pay while responding to emergencies and natural disasters.

What are the benefits besides pay?

Corpsmembers receive free health insurance and Personal Leave Credits. Corpsmembers also receive a number of free trainings and certifications (such as CPR), and can earn scholarship money.

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