Promotional Pathways

A male Corpsmember wearing a red hat smiles at the camera with his arms crossed.

When you see a Corpsmember wearing a red hat, there’s plenty of reason for them to be proud. “Red Hats” are crew leaders and have earned their position through hard work, dedication, and service in the CCC.

Corpsmembers can promote within the CCC and be recognized for their leadership skills. Benefits of promoting may include a higher stipend and a one-year extension.

Specialists are recognized for their expertise in a specific area, such as culinary arts, supply management, landscaping, automotive maintenance, or chainsaw work. Specialists receive additional training and use their skills and knowledge to assist Corpsmembers.

Crew Leaders help mentor Corpsmembers to be successful in the CCC and assist the crew supervisor with project logistics. Crew Leaders complete a 32-hour Leadership Training course. Six months of experience as a Crew Leader qualifies the individual to apply for the Conservationist I exam with the State of California.