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.
Current Opportunities – Apply Here!
The ACCC programs below are taking applications. Austin residents who have been economically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to apply to ACCC programs.
ACCC programs are carried out in partnership with community organizations. The link will take you to the organization’s website, where you can apply.
- AYW Parks and Public Lands Improvement
American Youthworks is seeking Austin residents who are interested in improving and maintaining 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 your career in the environmental and conservation fields. Apply to be a crew lead or crew member here.
The following ACCC programs are in progress and not currently taking applications.
- 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: 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.
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.
“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:
- 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
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.
Program Contact Information
If you have questions or would like more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org