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Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps

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Project Partner


Appalachian Conservation Corps can help you accomplish critical conservation projects while providing young adults from the regional community an opportunity to learn about land management issues and challenges. Partnering becomes a win/win situation for the community, ACC members, and land managers by providing meaningful opportunities for young people to complete important community and natural resource projects. ACC has a successful track record of completing conservation projects throughout Virginia, West Virginia, and the surrounding area. 

At ACC, we have a commitment to producing quality work that always meets or exceeds our partner expectations. 

We are a job training and youth development organization providing our members with outdoor experiences and employment opportunities through national service. Our goal is to promote individual responsibility and ethical behavior, instill solid work habits and attitudes, and empower them to change their lives, their communities and their environment through conservation work that benefits us all. 

Our approach to reaching this goal is to start by sending out well-equipped crews with experienced leaders, followed by full support from our office staff. We cultivate an environment of clear and constructive communication between our organization and land management agencies. 


  • National Park Service
  • US Forest Service
  • Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation


Project Capacity

Trail work • Historical Preservation • Invasive Species Management • Developed Recreation Maintenance • Resource Monitoring • Fencing • Sign and Kiosk Installation • Erosion Mitigation • Individual Placements/Internships • Backcountry Support • And much more!


GAVCC arrives on project sites with all group camp equipment (housing) necessary to outfit a crew, including: uniforms, PPE, personal day packs, first aid equipment, transportation and a standard compliment of tools to meet the needs of most projects. Rarely, GAVCC may need to borrow specialty tools such as rigging equipment and engine powered rock tools. GAVCC is typically supplied by its partner park or program some form of radio communication to allow the crew to contact Park partners in case of emergency situations.



  • On-the-ground conservation work experience 
  • Technical trainings and work skills development 
  • Exposure to potential employers 
  • Teamwork and leadership skills development 
  • AmeriCorps Education Award and weekly stipend 


  • Potential career opportunities for local young people 
  • Resource to address conservation and community needs 
  • Work that directly benefits local and regional environments 
  • Cost effective completion of critical projects for partner


Project costs are dependent a number of factors including crew size, project duration and type of project. Please contact us to get specific information about what your project would cost. For additional details about how to partner with us, what we provide, what a partner provides, what it costs for a crew or intern or to ask other questions about how GAVCC can interact with you and your agency/organization please contact us!


GAVCC crews operate for at least one week and a maximum of six months. Please have a detailed work plan and timeline in mind with potential funding sources. The GAVCC is a proud partner of several non-profit and public land managers. Our crews and individual placements have the skills and tools to help you complete your conservation and recreation project goals. Please contact us!

Zach Foster, Program Director or (540) 246-9224


We emphasize the recruitment and engagement of diverse teams and individuals who learn from each other and their projects in a supportive environment. 

In selecting participants, GAVCC encourages all types of diversity including, but not limited to; race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, social-economic, and disability. GAVCC also emphasizes the engagement of local individuals who represent the communities in which they serve. GAVCC intentionally searches for funding sources and program options to support the goal of offering experiences to a wide range of participants.