Outdoor Youth Corps

“Outdoor Youth Corps: Summer 2019” applications are closed. “Outdoor Youth Corps: Weekend Work Series” begins in September. See below for more details.

Participant in the field
Get paid to work alongside Missouri Botanical Garden staff, industry professionals, and fellow citizens as you design, plant, create and care for colorful gardens and habitats, lead community clean-ups and action projects, and gain new knowledge and skills necessary for future careers.

In 2019/2020, the Outdoor Youth Corps: Weekend Work Series will be offered at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Participants will meet for 18 Saturdays between September 2019 and April 2020. This program is only for residents of St. Louis City at this time.

Fall Program Dates:

  • September 14, 21, 28
  • October 12, 19, 26
  • November 9, 16, 23
  • December 7, 14
    (Note: spring dates will be scheduled this fall.)
OYC participant working in the fieldParticipant Benefits:
For each work day, participants are provided with:
  • Stipends for $60 (up to $1080 for the year)
  • Metro pass
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Hands-on Skill Building Training
  • Networking opportunities with Green Industry Professionals
Job Requirements:
  • a valid St. Louis City address
  • 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
  • must be available to work certain weekend days, 9 a.m.– 3 p.m.; participants may be removed from program if they miss more than 2 program dates.
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
To Apply:
If you are interested being part of the inaugural “OYC: Weekend Work Series,” you must attend one information session the Missouri Botanical Garden. Information sessions will be held:
  • August 21: 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • August 24: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
  • August 27: 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Sign up for an information session

Transportation assistance to information session can be provided.
For information about transportation assistance or additional program information, email Nelson Curran at nelson.curran@mobot.org.

Participants learning about the site