We believe in providing comprehensive training and education for all staff.

Team members learn the skills necessary to be successful as CREW members, as well as life skills that are personally and professionally valuable.

Because of our commitment to providing steady employment for the young workers on our team, all trainings are paid at their regular wages. Professional development is supported by generous grants and donations – learn more on our Financials page. 

On-the-job technical skills training includes general safety, hand tools and power tools, fire prevention, forestry, habitat restoration, wildscaping, and maintaining backcountry trails.  CREW members learn how their physically demanding work creates a lasting positive outcome on our local natural spaces.  In the course of their work, staff meet leaders in a wide array of fields who share their expertise, career ideas, and opportunities.

Every project provides an outdoor classroom for life skills

such as working in a team, respect for fellow workers and supervisors, and creating positive relationships with many different types of people. We hold high expectations for all staff to grow in leadership, ensuring safety for the whole team, and personal accountability.

As we are often the first or second formal ‘job’ for many of our young staff, CREW embraces educational opportunities out of the field as well.  Workshops in communication, conflict resolution, resume writing, critical thinking, and so much more, provide skills that empower our staff to become stronger leaders in the workplace and in the community.

One of our capstone activities is the spike-out, where teams hike far into the backcountry to perform trail work over multiple days at a time. CREW has held a spike-out nearly every year since 1991, and participating staff members receive advanced training in wilderness living skills, Leave No Trace, emergency prevention and response, and a deeper level of knowledge in native plants and animals.


The C.R.E.W. provides employment and leadership training to teens and young adults through hands-on environmental work.  Since 1991, C.R.E.W. members work year-round to maintain trails, restore habitats, and reduce the risk of wildfire, while building skills and developing relationships that last a lifetime.