In 1991, The CREW began its first outdoor work with teaching teens how to work on backcountry trails in the Los Padres National Forest. They worked hard and they learned new skills, how to show respect to their mentors and each other, and the value of a well-earned paycheck.
Today, 30 years later, CREW members spend more than 11,000 hours in the field each year. Throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, our trail work covers hundreds of front and backcountry miles. We perform fuel reduction and fire prevention for land conservation groups, municipal agencies, and homeowners. And we have a growing body of restoration projects that support healthy, biodiverse, and resilient lands.
For some of our team members, working at The CREW is their first time in a steady, paid job. Others are college students on a path to careers in forestry, environmental science, and fire science. Many of our crew members simply know that they enjoy the challenges and rewards of outdoor work and are exploring their options for the future.
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To give young people employment and develop lifelong skills through environmental work that restores natural land and protects communities against wildfire.
Every teen and young adult should have the opportunity for meaningful employment that challenges them to grow, mature, and learn new skills. Through hands-on field work, The C.R.E.W. engages young people in environmental projects with lasting impact. At the same time, C.R.E.W. staff receive mentoring and career development at a pivotal time in their professional lives.
CONCERNED – We support the responsible management and conscientious use of the environment. Our work develops young leaders and an ethic of land stewardship that benefits the whole community.
RESOURCES – C.R.E.W. projects support healthy habitats and waterways, maintain backcountry trails, protect against wildfire, and support natural disaster recovery.
ENVIRONMENTAL – Through hands-on work, C.R.E.W. workers learn to create safe, accessible wildland trails; to restore native habitats; to reduce the risk of wildfire; and to live as stewards of natural lands.
WORKERS – Since 1991, in partnership with public and private landowners and with the support of our community, The C.R.E.W. has employed hundreds of teens and young adults. C.R.E.W. alumni include conservationists, fire fighters, foresters, small business owners, and current C.R.E.W. supervisors mentoring the next generation.
The C.R.E.W. employs local young people in fire safety, fuel reduction, habitat restoration, and care of our local backcountry trails. Founded in 1991, The C.R.E.W provides job training, paid employment and leadership opportunities to local young adults aged 18 to 24, while working to maintain trails, restore habitats, protect local communities against the threat of wildfire, and assist with wildfire recovery.