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Local Conservation Corps

LCC provides young adults (ages 18-26) with paid job training and educational opportunities.


Check eligibility to participate in Fresno EOC LCC.

LCC Application

Applications are available online. Click here to apply now.

YouthBuild Charter School

On-site high school diploma completion program.

About Local Conservation Corps

Corpsmembers are required to enroll and progress in an academic program concurrent to their full or part-time enrollment in the LCC’s paid skill-building vocational training programs. Corpsmembers lacking a high school diploma enroll in the on-site YouthBuild Charter High School of California (YCSC). High school graduates enroll in college classes which are offered each semester. Through the LCC’s College and Career Center, corpsmembers have the opportunity to explore and prepare for postsecondary and career pathways. Corpsmembers enroll in AmeriCorps which allows them to earn an education award (college scholarship) while serving their community.


Corpsmembers work on crews providing our community landscaping services that focus on conservation of water resources and improvement of air quality. Crews work on a variety of projects including updating irrigation, water-wise landscaping design and planting, and tree planting and maintenance.   

Public Lands and Trail Conservation

Corpsmembers working in small crews assist with a variety of conservation and natural resource management  projects on public lands (open spaces, National Parks, Forest Service Lands) and other properties including – restoring wildlife habitat along rivers, providing fire prevention services – chain saw work, maintaining and building hiking trails, and providing maintenance on recreational facilities. 


Corpsmembers can have an opportunity to serve their community at large-scale events by picking up CVR recycling, participating in electronic recycling and tire waste events, and learning how recycling gets processed. 

Since 1993, Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps (LCC) has been operating a Recycling Program sponsored by the Department of Conservation.

Our program targets businesses, schools, office complexes, government agencies, and campgrounds generating large volumes of California Redemption Value (CRV) beverage containers (aluminum cans; plastic and glass bottles). LCC also provides special event recycling at large-scale community events throughout the Central Valley. Learn more

The public can redeem their CRV beverage containers for cash at the LCC’s Friant Buyback Center located at 17108 N. Friant Road, Friant, CA 93626.

YouthBuild - Construction and Health Care

Corpsmembers receive hands-on construction training while serving on diverse crews.  All while completing their high school diploma.

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The U.S. Department of Labor provided $1,500,000 (75% of funding) to Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps to administer a YouthBuild program. This program is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

YouthBuild - Sterile Processing Technician

As part of the YouthBuild construction and health program, corpsmembers can become certified to be a Sterile Processing Technician with entry level earnings at $18 an hour. This is an internationally-recognized certification that is used in hospitals and surgery centers.


  • 18-24 years old
  • Valid CA Driver’s License
  • Pass criminal background check
  • Work for 6 months in construction
  • Have completed at least 150 high school credits and be on the path to graduation or enrolled in postsecondary education

Contact us today! (559) 264-1048

LCC Stories

First-Time Journey: Two YouthBuild Students’ Trip to D.C. National Conference

From Fresno to Washington D.C., two very hardworking students from Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps (LCC) had the opportunity to attend a National Leadership Conference. The conference brought together over 50 students from across the country who share similar...

Success at Halloween Safe Night Out 2023: A Spooky Collaboration by West Family Resource Center and Fresno EOC Local Conversation Corps

On Tuesday, October 31st, 2023, the West Family Resource Center and the Fresno EOC Local Conversation Corps held their annual Halloween Safe Night Out. The event provided a fun and safe Halloween experience for the hundreds of families that attended. California Ave....

Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps and Fresno Metropolitan Flood District partner to protect water systems in Fresno County

Across Fresno County, storm drains have become polluted with chemicals, trash, and sometimes even precious wildlife. To safeguard our water and environment, the Fresno Metropolitan Flood District and the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC) have...

Empowering Dads: POPS 2.0 Conference Transforms Parenting Perspectives

On Saturday, August 26, 2023, the Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps collaborated with the West Fresno Family Resource Center and Fresno EOC AFLP programs to present the upgraded Proving Our Parenting Skills (POPS) 2.0 Conference, designed for fathers and partners...

Fresno EOC’s LCC secures $1.5 million in federal funding

The Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps, has received a renewal following the award of a grant from US Department of Labor. The $90 million grant has been distributed among 68 organizations in 32 states, is aimed at providing employment services and training. The...

Congressman Jim Costa Secures $500K Grant for Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps

As droughts and wildfires continue to ravage California's forests, there's been an immense need to increase forestry conservation and natural resource management efforts. Now with the help from Congressman Jim Costa, our Local Conservation Corps will increase these...

Celebrating a Greener, Cleaner America

America Recycles Day on November 15 encourages people to purchase recycled products and recycle more for a greener, cleaner environment. According to CalRecycle, the average Californian throws away about 2,000 pounds of garbage every year. Fresno EOC Local...

Thank You for an Epic Halloween Bash!

The Safe Night Out Halloween event was a great success! An estimated 3,500 + family members came out to Southwest Fresno for the free event which featured haunted houses, a Trunk-or-Treat, games, and costume contests. It was all possible thanks to a huge collaborative...

Fresno EOC LCC Relaunches Free E-Waste Events

If you have an old television, computer monitor, and/or laptop computer you want to get rid of, you can dispose of them safely with the Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps (LCC). LCC just relaunched its public E-waste recycling events. E-waste is the common name for...

Fresno EOC Invites Families to Enjoy a Spook-tacular Evening of Halloween Fun

It's baaack! After a two-year break due to COVID-19, the Safe Night Out Halloween event in Southwest Fresno is returning. The epic evening for candy crawlers is coming back in full force with food, sweets, entertainment, and more! Everyone is invited to participate in...


There are two ways to participate in the Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps:

Conservation Service and Training Track

  • to become a Corpsmember you must be 18-26 years old
  • commit to a 12-month paid service and training program
  • attend a non-paid 5-day orientation
  • willing to enroll and actively attend school (YCSC high school, college, or trade school)

High School Student Track

  • 18-29 years old
  • attend an orientation and preparatory classes
  • willing to enroll and actively attend high school at YCSC

Begin Your next chapter

For Conservation Service and Training Track:

LCC Application

For High School Student Track, choose the application below that best fits:

New Student Application
(in English and Spanish)


Returning Student Application
(in English and Spanish)

If you have questions, please call us at (559) 264-1048.

Fresno EOC LCC
Overview video



Local Conservation Corps

1805 E. California Avenue*
Fresno, CA  93706

(559) 264-1048

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

2024 Holiday Hours: 

  • November 22- Close early at 1:00 pm
  • Thursday-Friday, November 23 – 24- closed
  • Friday, December 22nd- Close early at 12:00 pm
  • December 25th- Closed
  • LCC will be open December 26th – December 29th
  • December 29th- Close early at 1:00 pm
  • January 1st- Closed

Serving Fresno County and surrounding areas

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frequently asked questions

What is the program about?

Corps members (participants) provide service to the community through paid vocational training while advancing their education.

How does the program work?

Corps member selection process includes:

  • Application review and selection
  • Invitation to a five day non-paid orientation
  • Panel interview
  • Final enrollment – Once enrolled into the Local Conservation Corps, you will be assigned to a crew and receive $16.50/hour for part time paid vocational training work in the community. The corps member schedule alternates throughout program enrollment, one week in school-non-paid, one week paid vocational training.
What is the age requirement to attend the vocational training program and charter school?

You must be between the ages of 18-26 for the vocational training program, ages 18-29 for the charter school at the time of application.

What is the status of my application?

Applications are kept on file for 90 days. If you did not hear from us within the 90 days, this means your application was not selected. You are welcome to re-apply.

About YouthBuild Charter High School of California

High School Diploma Completion

Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps hosts an onsite high school diploma completion program offered through a partnership with YouthBuild Charter High School of California (YCSC). YCSC Fresno students, aged 18-29, get a second chance to earn a high school diploma and to prove that they are competent and engaged learners.

YCSC holds a unique place in the landscape of California’s public charter schools. As a competency-based dropout recovery school, it seeks to provide a high school education that leads to a diploma for a distinct group of students. YCSC students come from low-income families and underserved communities, and have previously left or been pushed out of the traditional school system without a diploma.

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Begin Your next chapter

For Conservation Service and Training Track:

LCC Application


For High School Student Track:

New Student Application
(in English and Spanish)

Returning Student Application
(in English and Spanish)

If you have questions, please call us at (559) 264-1048.


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