LAYC offers job training in green infrastructure and conservation to residents of Montgomery County and the District of Columbia. The programs provide field experience and classroom instruction and may include job readiness training, certifications, and career development opportunities.

Montgomery County Conservation Corps

Corps Network LogoIn 2013, the Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (MMYC), partnered with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to provide services to out-of-school youth through the Montgomery County Conservation Corps (MCCC). Funded by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with the Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, Inc. MCCC uses a comprehensive approach to working with youth 17-24 years of age. Participants  are provided with opportunities to earn their GED and gain hands-on experience while completing projects in regional parks designed around conservation principles.

Program Details

Montgomery County Conservation CorpsMCCC aligns with MMYC’s workforce programs and provides services in four areas: academic enrichment, job readiness, family support and at-risk behavior reduction.

Corps members attend GED classes three days per week and conduct work in the county and state parks two days per week.

Additional activities

  • One-on-one tutoring and career development sessions
  • Group life skills and job readiness training workshops
  • Weekly project planning and safety workshops
  • Presentations by field experts on topics such as environmentalism and entrepreneurship

Conservation Corps members are exposed to diverse skill-building workshops and activities including

  • Goal setting
  • Life skills
  • Time management
  • Communication
  • Conflict resolution
  • Self-esteem
  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Interviewing skills


8700 Georgia Avenue, Suite 500, Silver Spring, Maryland.


For more information and to apply, please contact Faith McNeill, Program Coordinator, at or (202) 427-8018.

River Corps

The River Corps engages residents of the District of Columbia ages 18–24 through classroom and field-based experiences to build the next generation of environmental stewards.

Corps member activities include

  • Photo-monitoring of District of Columbia streams
  • Invasive species management
  • Litter abatement
  • Inspection and maintenance of RiverSmart homes and other bio-retention and low-impact development sites.

These activities are reinforced through education courses focused on stormwater management and environmental restoration related to watershed protection and the conservation of native ecosystems.

Additional activities

  • Job readiness training
  • Career and life goal development and case management
  • Career exploration via presentations and dialogue with local green infrastructure professionals

Corps members gain industry-recognized certifications, including

  • CPR and first aid
  • OSHA 10-hour construction and safety training
  • Pesticide applicator

Classroom activities are held at The LAYC’s Kaplan Building located at 1419 Columbia Road NW, Washington DC, and field work occurs in proximity to six streams east of the Anacostia River and six in Rock Creek.


For more information and to apply, please contact Faith McNeill, Program Coordinator, at or (202) 427-8018.