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Upon the 75th Anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources expanded the Maryland Conservation Corps (MCC) to include a new initiative called the Maryland Conservation Jobs Corps (CJC). The CJC works in partnership with community youth organizations to provide conservation service opportunities for youth in Maryland State Parks.

Corps members planting trees

The CJC is a unique summer program where youíll be part of a team working to conserve and restore Maryland State Parks. Discover Marylandís natural resources and gain the skills to protect them. Learn how to build bridges and trails, and how to make a rain barrel!

You will gain skills that will prepare you for many career opportunities and a lifetime of healthy outdoor recreation and interaction with nature.

Donít worry, itís not all work, thereís plenty of time for fun outdoors! Have you ever wanted to walk on a tight rope, or scale a climbing wall? How about hold a Great Horned Owl or a Corn Snake? Do it all this summer with the Maryland Conservation Jobs Corps!

Registration for CJC varies, depending upon location, but application and registration deadlines for the summer program generally occur in early March each year. If you are interested in signing up, please contact Fred Banks at FBanks@dnr.state.md.us for specific instructions based on your location.

In the News

Maryland Teens Helping State Parks
CBS Baltimore, July 27, 2011

Revitalization projects help at-risk youth
Gazette.Net, July 28, 2010

Kids Get Outdoors, Help Improve Parks
WBAL TV, July 15, 2010

Teens Seeing Green in Maryland's Great Outdoors
Candus Thomson On the Outdoors, Baltimore Sun, July 17, 2010

Governor Martin OíMalley Delivers Commencement Address at First Maryland Civic Justice Corps Graduation

Governor O'Malley Expands Maryland Conservation Corps

New Civic Justice Corps Offers Meaningful Summer Conservation Work to At-risk Youth

O'Malley not out of element
Candus Thomson On the Outdoors, Baltimore Sun, April 27, 2008

Contact Information

Fred Banks, Program Director
Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Avenue, E-3
Annapolis MD 21401
Phone: 410-260-8150

Captain Peyton Taylor, Executive Director
Conservation Corps and Interpretation
Maryland Park Service
Gunpowder Falls State Park
P.O. Box 480
Kingsville, MD 21087
Office: 410-592-2897

Contact the Park Service

  • Toll Free: 1-800-830-3974
    (Annapolis Office)
  • Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
  • Park Watch: 1-800-825-7275
  • Email Us

Find A Park


If you prefer, you can use a map to locate one of our parks.