Missoula County Weed District & Extension

Youth in Restoration Program

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The Youth in Restoration Program (YIR) was developed to expose high school students to the processes involved in land management. YIR provides youth career mentorship and on the ground experience in natural resource/conservation work while building and strenthening partnerships within a diverse mix of stewardship and management organizations.


The extensive parnerships involved in making this program successful enable the YIR to work with a variety of experts within different levels of land management. The youth crew is involved with; weed management professionals from state and federal agencies, conservation managers from the City and the University, botonist and range technicians from BLM, DNRC and Forest Service, local ranchers and land stewards from non-profit partners. The partnerships between state, federal and private agencies will ensure a variety of land-use/conservation/restoration work experience for the youth crew and the collaboration is beneficial for all.

edited jump                                    Program Partners: 
Five Valleys Land Trust
The Nature Conservancy
City of Missoula Conservation Lands
University of Montana  Natural Areas
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes    
Lolo National Forest
Bureau of Land Management
Fish, Wildlife & Parks
MT Biological Control Project
MPG Ranch
Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation
Missoula County Parks
Clearwater Resource Council
Blackfoot Challenge 


Is the Youth in Restoration Program for you? 

  • Are you a high school student age 14-18 years old?
  • Can you get to the Missoula County Weed District office Monday -  Friday by 8:00 a.m.
  • Will miss no more than 4 workdays throughout the 8-9 week employment period.
  • Do you enjoy hands-on tasks, outdoors in all kinds of weather and locations?
  • Do you like having fun working to improve or restore public lands? 
  • Is camping as part of your job sound fun?




 Important Dates:

Apply by Friday, May 16th

Interviews the week of May 21st-25th

Employment runs from June 18th - August 11th



See what our partners think;

The Nature Conservancy

Five Valleys Land Trust 

For more information contact Steffany @ (406) 258-4211 or email steffany@ missoulaeduplace.org