Frequently Asked Questions

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 civilian women and men 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 prior convictions for violent crimes or serious drug offenses and cannot be on formal probation or parole. The CCC accepts applicants of all income and education levels.

CCC applicants must have a California address. However, out of state applicants who meet CCC eligibility requirements may be considered for enrollment.

Why should I join?

As a Corpsmember, you will work towards 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 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?

Yes, if you live out of state you are eligible to join the CCC. Interested applicants living outside California are encouraged to apply online, and then participate in an online information session to determine whether the CCC is the right path for you. Please contact a CCC recruiter if you have additional questions: 1-800-952-5627.

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, trainings, 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?

Corpsmembers are paid full-time (40 hours per week) at the state minimum wage, and Corpsmembers who demonstrate strong leadership, motivation, and work performance may be able to promote to leadership positions with higher compensation rates.

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

Corpsmembers receive free health insurance and paid holidays, sick leave and vacation. Corpsmembers also receive a number of paid trainings and certifications (such as CPR), and can earn more than $7,500 annually in scholarships (for up to two years).

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