Be part of the dream for a better Austin!

The Austin Civilian Conservation Corps (ACCC) helps Austinites who have been economically impacted by COVID-19 earn income, serve their community, and gain skills that can lead to strong new careers.

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Call For Artists

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Local arts education nonprofit, Creative Action, announced the
launch of Austin Safely Creates, a program in partnership with the City of Austin Economic Development
Department. As a result of the Austin City Council resolution that created the Austin Civilian Conservation
Corps (ACCC) in May 2020, the program will employ teaching artists who lost employment or income due
to COVID-19 and will engage them in the creation of community-enhancing artwork.

Visit creativeaction.org/austinsafelycreates to learn more about the program.

 

About Creative Action
Founded in 1997, Creative Action is the largest arts education organization in Central Texas. Professional
Teaching Artists, who position themselves as guides and facilitators, create dynamic learning experiences
where Creative Action students engage with various art forms as they strengthen their creativity,
confidence, courage, and critical thinking skills. Core programs include school-based instruction to
support campus success, after school youth development classes, and intergenerational opportunities
based in the community to support positive social change. Those that participate in Creative Action
programming further develop their creative expression, commitment to social justice, and social-emotional
skills—attributes highly valued and sought after in the 21st century. Learn more at creativeaction.org.

 

About the City of Austin Economic Development Department
The City of Austin Economic Development Department supports business growth, creative industries, and
local communities. These programs build an equitable, sustainable economy to improve the lives of all
Austin residents. To learn more about helpful resources, visit www.austintexas.gov/edd or like us on Facebook @AustinEconDev and follow @AustinEconDev on Twitter.

 


American Youthworks is looking for crew members and leaders to join their team beginning August 16, 2021! No experience required. Click the links below to learn more and apply. 

ACCC Fuels Crew Leader

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  • $17/hour
  • Entry Level full-time position
  • Health Insurance is provided
  • Scheduled to start August 16th, 2021
  • Ends at start of April 2022 (eight-month term)
  • Only observed holidays are off
  • No break time is allocated
  • Light administrative duties will be expected throughout the term, such as routine paperwork and timesheets 
  • Crew leaders and members will be required to get themselves to AYW headquarters (1901 E. Ben White Blvd. 78741) each morning
  • No smoking/alcohol/drugs while on site or at headquarters

Training - There will be an orientation and training before crews start project work with other training throughout the term.

Uniforms -  A uniform will be provided during your orientation, and all of the personal protective equipment you’ll need: hard hat, gloves, safety glasses, ear protection.

Denim or canvas pants are required, and 8” tall all leather boots. There is a boot allowance for participants to use toward the purchase of their boots.

COVID-19 protocols are in place to have a safe working environment and reduce possible transmission. All protocols must be followed

ACCC Fuels Crew Member

Apply Here

  • $15/hour
  • entry level full-time position
  • Scheduled to start August 23, 2021
  • Ends start of April 2022 (eight-month term)
  • Health insurance is provided
  • Only observed holidays are off
  • No break time is allocated
  • Light administrative duties will be expected throughout the term, such as routine paperwork and timesheets 
  • Crew leaders and members will be required to get themselves to AYW headquarters (1901 E. Ben White Blvd. 78741) each morning
  • No smoking/alcohol/drugs while on site or at headquarters

Training - There will be an orientation and training before crews start project work with other training throughout the term.

Uniforms - A uniform will be provided during your orientation, and all of the personal protective equipment you’ll need: hard hat, gloves, safety glasses, ear protection. Denim or canvas pants are required, and 8” tall all leather boots. There is a boot allowance for participants to use toward the purchase of their boots.

COVID-19 protocols  are in place to have a safe working environment and reduce possible transmission. All protocols must be followed.

To learn more about the positions, download our FAQ sheet, or visit Careers – Positions | American Youthworks. For questions, email Chris Gomon


Ongoing Programs

The following ACCC programs are in progress and not currently taking applications.

AYW Parks and Public Lands Improvement

This program, in partnership with American Youthworks, has assembled a crew to improve and maintain parks, green spaces, and public lands across the City. The 9-month program includes full-time employment, as well as training and certifications to advance participants' career in the environmental and conservation fields.

Solar and Green Building Training

The Gulf Coast Carpenters & Millwrights Training Trust Fund is training residents in construction, green building and solar installation. The five-week program provides extensive experience and certifications in building-related topics, and job placement. Participants also complete a week of hands-on work at Community First! Village, which provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for residents coming out of chronic homelessness.

ArtResponders

ArtResponders: Social Practice Responds to COVID-19 is a program hosted by the Museum & Cultural Programs of the Parks & Recreation Department and UT Austin. It will commission artists to train in Social Practice, and to organize and engage community in an artistic response to cope with and overcome COVID-19. The program will run October 5 to March 31, 2020, and the work will take place at Austin museums and cultural centers. 

Austin Safely Creates

Austin Safely Creates, a program by the Economic Development Department's Cultural Arts Division and Creative Action, will commission community-based artwork in neighborhood spaces by professional/teaching artists who have lost employment or income due to COVID-19. Artistic genres could include dance, theatre, literature, visual arts, performance, media arts, music, etc., and will provide education and awareness about mental and physical health while building community, encouraging learning, and inspiring hope.

#BeWellATX

The #BeWellATX pilot project by the Economic Development Department's Cultural Arts Division and Raasin in the Sun, will create a new mural under the 5th St. Lamar underpass that promotes COVID-19 safety and well-being, while beautifying the area and providing employment for 6-8 local artists. Artists and artwork will be selected by a focus group made up of representatives from nonprofit arts organizations serving communities of color and Austin’s mental health needs.


ACCC Background

From the depths of the Great Depression came one of the greatest investments in the American landscape.

Inspired by the original Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which in Texas employed 50,000 people to create what would become the Texas State Park System (among other projects), the Austin City Council approved Resolution No. 20200507-061 on May 7, 2020. This resolution created the ACCC to employ Austinites experiencing economic distress as a result of COVID-19.

Begun in the 1930s, the national Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal work programs. The initiative enlisted unemployed people to work on land conservation and park development projects. For many, participating in the CCC led to increased future employability, and improved physical and mental health.

ACCC goals include:

 


Frequently Asked Questions

Will participants be employees of the City of Austin?

No, each partner organization will employee individual participants directly.

How long will the program and employment last?

Each partner’s portion of the program is different and has its own timeframe for employment agreements. The City of Austin will continue their funding support of this program as long as possible.

How much will I be paid?

Participants in the ACCC will be paid a living wage for work completed, which the City of Austin currently defines as a minimum of $15 an hour.

In order to help participants build careers, ACCC programs provide training, certifications, and professional development opportunities wherever possible.

How do I demonstrate that I qualify for the program?

The application to participate includes instructions and questions to answer to indicate your interests and determine if you qualify for the program. Applications have been simplified to the greatest extent possible.

What special skills do I need to become a program participant?

Each partner’s initiative has different requirements. If special skills are needed, training will be provided.


Recent News

June 7th, 2021

New Arts Program Employs Local Artists and Promotes Positive Mental Health around the Impacts of COVID-19

April 6th, 2021

New Conservation Program Providing Jobs Training in Flood-Hit Area of Onion Creek

February 5th, 2021

Be Well Murals Inspire Us All

December 22nd, 2020

City Departments Join Forces to Help Those Hit Hard by COVID-19

November 13th, 2020

Austin Civilian Conservation Corps launching to help Austinites economically impacted by COVID-19


Program Contact Information

If you have questions or would like more information, please email us at accc@austintexas.gov

  • Providing economic relief and job/career opportunities to Austinites who have been economically impacted by COVID-19
  • Creating lasting, positive effects for residents
  • Inspiring hope and build community
  • Advancing the City’s strategic sustainability & equity goals