Outdoor Youth Corps

Work alongside Missouri Botanical Garden instructors and fellow citizens as you transform vacant lots, grow food, plant trees, create and care for colorful gardens and habitats, lead community clean-ups and action projects, and gain new knowledge and skills necessary for 21st century careers. In 2017, this program will be based in the Baden neighborhood in north St. Louis City. 

The Outdoor Youth Corps is offered in partnership with STL Youth Jobs, a summer youth employment program that builds work and life skills and increases youth involvement and engagement with their community. Through this partnership, Outdoor Youth Corps participants will have access to the following benefits:

  • career assessment, and up-front job-readiness training 
  • access to a free checking/savings account as well as financial literacy training
  • a PAID job for up to 160 hours at $8.50 per hour 
  • connection with a job coach for ongoing support/mentoring throughout the program
Participants looking at satellite map

Participants learning at Shaw Nature Reserve

Job Requirements:

  • ability to work outdoors in a variety of conditions, and inclement weather
  • ability to lift 40 lbs occasionally, and carry out physically demanding tasks regularly
  • must be between the ages of 16–24, and live in the Baden neighborhood
  • must be available to work June 5–August 4, 2017,
    Monday–Thursday from
    7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Position Competencies:

  • comfortable communicating with the general public
  • ability to be an effective member of a team
  • ethical and responsible conduct on and off the job site
  • ability to receive and interpret direction

Note: recruitment for 2017 is now closed.


Participants mulching