Training and Career Pathways

Corpsmembers are being trained by CAL FIRE in chain saw safety and operation, one of the many trainings that Corpsmembers complete while in the corps.

California Conservation Corps Corpsmembers receive training and experience that sets them apart. Training is both formal (instructional) and informal (on-the-job). When it’s time to put the training into practice, the work they are assigned is meaningful and often leads to a career opportunity.

Corpsmembers routinely work closely with – and receive on-the-job training – from supervisors at agencies like CAL FIRE, U.S. Forest Service, Cal Trans, State Parks, and the National Park Service. Additionally, supervisors at private companies oversee Corpsmembers working on electrical, construction, and specialized CCC projects.

The hands-on experience Corpsmembers receive lets them understand the “why” behind the task and it provides them a jump start on future careers or further education.

The skills they earn from working on CCC projects transfer directly to a range of career pathways, including firefighting, trails, energy, construction, corps leadership, and more.

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Corpsmember Orientation

All applicants must successfully complete a two week Corpsmember Orientation, Motivation, Education and Training – COMET.

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CCC Core Training

Core Training is the fundamental set of training, counseling and service that transforms California Conservation Corps Corpsmembers into men and women of character, credentials and commitment.

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Specialized Training

The majority of the specialized training in the CCC is connected to the corpsmember work projects and emergency response activities.

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Promotional Pathways

Former Corpsmembers routinely proclaim their time with the Cs was so transformative that they wish they could do another year or more of service. In fact, it often becomes such a part of their spirit that they extend their service for another year!

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