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Great Lakes Climate Corps

Since 2000, GLCC crews have worked across jurisdictional boundaries in all fifteen counties of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to implement high priority hands-on conservation and restoration projects within three Great Lakes watersheds (Lakes Superior, Michigan, and Huron). GLCC crews are trained and supervised by experienced Crew Leaders and are equipped with a truck, tools, safety equipment, and camping gear for overnight stays at remote sites. All crews wear uniforms and receive first aid training along with other project-specific training prior to the field season. GLCC crews gain experience in a wide range of conservation and community projects including planting trees, building trail, recording data, restoring wetlands, protecting coastal habitat, and much more. The summer field season begins May 19th or 20th (depending on the position) and lasts 12 weeks until August 13th, 2021.

Now accepting applications for the Great Lakes Tribal Conservation Corps!

GLTCC corpsmembers are young adults who work on a variety of conservation and restoration projects in partnership with the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community this summer. Projects will focus on habitat improvement, coastal resiliency, climate change mitigation, invasive species removal, and plantings of environmental and cultural significance. Tribal members and their descendants from any tribe will receive preference. To apply, first review the full job description below and email your resume to Tyler Penrod (

View the full job description here.

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GLCC takes pride in partnering with tribal, federal, state, and local stakeholders from throughout the Upper Peninsula. GLCC crews serve all three UP Great Lakes watersheds including Superior, Michigan, and Huron.

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The SWP has expanded the Great Lakes Climate Corps (GLCC) with the goal of completing more community based environmental projects throughout the Upper Peninsula. GLCC crews possess the ability to complete projects ranging from technical trail construction to habitat restoration. With passionate leaders and committed crew members the GLCC has the ability to complete nearly any project.

The GLCC is available for service to municipalities, nonprofit organizations, agencies, etc.

Please contact the SWP to determine rates and availability.