Great Lakes Conservation Corps (GLCC)

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 if needed. All crews wear uniforms and receive First Aid training along with other project-specific training prior to each field season. GLCC crews gain experience in a wide range of conservation and community projects including, but not limited to:

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Stream restoration
  • Erosion control
  • Native pollinator habitat restoration
  • Wildlife habitat restoration
  • Tree planting
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Community pollution prevention
  • Trail building


GLCC Crew Leader Job Description

GLCC Crew Leaders will be responsible for leading conservation crews consisting of 18-25 year olds. Leaders manage their crew on specific UP wide work projects, assigned throughout the field season. They are responsible for the safety of their crew, delegating tasks to ensure project deliverables are completed well, submitting weekly data sheets to supervisors, and organization of tools and supplies.


GLCC Crew Member Job Description

GLCC Crew Members work within a small team to complete UP wide projects. Learn to camp, cook, live and work in a community setting. Become an environmental steward as you gain the knowledge of various conservation techniques and skills to leave a lasting impact for generations to enjoy.


*Hiring is closed for the 2018 season.

*Crew Leaders and Crew Members earn an hourly wage.

*The GLCC season is Mid-May through Mid-August. Select GLCC crews work on projects though October.

Please contact the GLCC Program Director, Emily Leach ( with any questions.


The SWP has expanded the Great Lakes Conservation 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.





Climate Conservation Corps:

GLCC crews work on a wide variety of conservation, restoration and recreation projects while the Climate Conservation Corps (CCC) is specifically dedicated to projects that help coastal communities adapt to climate change and increase community resiliency to more extreme weather events.