Corpsmember Orientation

photo Corpsmember with shovel

Learning how to use basic tools like shovels, Pulaskis and McLeods is a key part of the Corpmember’s orientation.

When Corpsmembers first join the California Conservation Corps they go through our initial training program at their assigned center. We call this COMET, or Corpsmember Orientation, Motivation, Education and Training. COMET prepares Corpsmembers for success in the program.

COMET begins as soon as Corpsmembers start at their residential or non-residential center. The training lasts between one and two weeks, depending on the location. Corpsmembers must pass a physical exam during COMET to ensure that they can perform essential functions. All individuals must also pass a drug test, as the CCC maintains a drug-free environment to reduce the potential for work-site accidents.

During COMET, Corpsmembers learn about:

  • CCC policies, including sexual harassment prevention and other Equal Employment Opportunity-related topics.
  • Basic safety and training topics such as proper tool use, roadside safety, first aid and CPR, and injury and illness prevention.
  • A range of life skills, including physical fitness, goal setting, and conflict resolution.

COMET is paid for those Corpsmembers who complete their first pay period in the CCC. If a Corpsmember leaves the program before reaching this milestone, COMET will be unpaid and the stipend will be prorated.