Maryland Conservation Corps (MCC) Crew Descriptions

Western Maryland Crew MembersWestern Region

Deep Creek Lake State Park

The Deep Creek Lake State Park MCC Crew is located in Garrett County, in far Western Maryland. This area features Appalachian mountain terrain, rocky rivers and waterfalls, hemlock forests, and the largest lake in Maryland. Conservation work includes: trail construction; various park improvement and construction projects; interpretation; environmental education; forest management; and tree plantings; as well as work with forestry, wildlife, and fisheries professionals. The crew also assists with facility improvement projects at nearby New Germany State Park, Rocky Gap State Park and Herrington Manor State Park. Some weekend work is required. Low-cost State Park housing is available nearby at Swallow Falls State Park​.

Central RegionMCC Crew Member using chain saw

Gunpowder Falls State Park

The Gunpowder Falls State Park MCC Crew is located in Maryland’s largest and most geographically diverse State Park. With over 18,000 acres in both Harford and Baltimore Counties, Gunpowder Falls spans from the rocky Piedmont of the Hereford Area adjacent to the Pennsylvania state line, to the Chesapeake Bay coastal marshes of North Point State Park and Hart-Miller Island. The crew is based out of the Sweet Air Area, located in Baldwin, MD (approximately 45 minutes north of Baltimore City). The park features more than 120 miles of multi-use trails, historic sites, fishing, kayaking/canoeing opportunities, youth group camping areas, a swimming beach, and marina. This crew is known for working closely with park staff to complete trail and facility improvement projects, as well as extensively using chainsaws to remove downed and hazardous trees from remote, scenic trails and in busy day-use areas. Potential conservation work includes tree and native garden plantings; invasive and non-native species removal; wildlife management; stream clean-ups and restoration; sustainable trail design and maintenance; and environmental education programming in conjunction with Baltimore County Public Schools and park naturalists. This crew works closely with the Conservation Jobs Corps program during the summer, leading conservation and construction projects in Gunpowder Falls and four other State Parks within its complex: the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail, North Point State Park, the North Point State Battlefield, and Hart-Miller Island. Occasional weekend work is required. Low-cost State Park housing is available within the Central Area of Gunpowder Falls State Park.

Patapsco Valley State Park

The Patapsco Valley State Park MCC Crew is based in the 35-mile long scenic river valley park along the Patapsco River in Central Maryland, in Anne Arundel, Howard, Baltimore and Carroll Counties. Located 20 minutes from Baltimore City, Patapsco was Maryland’s first State Park, established in 1907 by Fred Besley. Patapsco is well known for its beautiful scenery and over 200 miles of trails. Conservation work includes: trail maintenance, monitoring and construction of trail; reforestation projects; Chesapeake Bay restoration projects; and environmental education. This crew is often involved in cooperative projects and trainings with other groups, including local conservation groups. The crew works closely with the Conservation Jobs Corps program during the summer, leading projects in the park and mentoring youth. This crew works closely with park staff in the winter months to help with facility improvement projects. These projects include chainsawing downed and hazardous trees, splitting firewood, and painting and masonry in the campground and day use areas. Some weekend and holiday work is required. Low-cost State Park housing is available near Patapsco Valley State Park, but space is limited. The crew also has the opportunity to assist with animal care at Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area. Once trained, crew members may assist naturalists with presenting programs to the public about the state's non-releasable animals.

Susquehanna State Park

The Susquehanna State Park MCC Crew is based along the Susquehanna River near the town of Havre de Grace, in Harford County, approximately 45 minutes northeast of Baltimore. The park is well known for its many recreational opportunities along the river, as well as its historic significance, including its 200-year old grist mill, which the crew helps maintain and has the opportunity to learn to operate and interpret to the public. The crew also works on diverse projects alongside the rangers in the park. Crew projects include: maintaining and constructing trails; chainsawing and wood chipping; planning the Spring Junior Rangers program; helping with volunteer work days; removal of invasive species; trout stocking; and collaboration with other MCC crews. The crew works closely with the Conservation Jobs Corps program during the summer, leading projects in the park and mentoring youth. This crew also works on projects at nearby Rocks State Park​, known for its unique 190’ high rock outcropping, and Palmer State Park, where crews have been constructing a new trail system. The crew maintains and makes improvements to 20 miles of trail, develops and conducts environmental education programs with local parks and nonprofits, and works with several partner organizations, such as the Chesapeake and Coastal Service, Department of Agriculture, Maryland Forest Service, Harford and Cecil County Parks, Maryland Fisheries Service, and others. Low-cost State Park housing is available within Susquehanna State Park.​

Eastern Region

Tuckahoe State Park

The Tuckahoe State Park Crew is based on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, approximately 30 minutes east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, in Caroline County. Tuckahoe has rich historical, natural and cultural value. It is a recognized important bird area and has connections with the unique history of the Eastern Shore. Tuckahoe’s crew focuses on providing meaningful programs for park visitors. Programs include: facilitating team building activities on the park’s ropes course, designing and presenting programs to the public about the state’s Scales and Tales program with reptiles and raptors from the aviary, running programs for Healthy Parks Healthy People, manning the Nature Center at nearby Martinak State Park, and hosting events such as Fall Fest and Martinak’s Enchanted Campground. The crew also works on a variety of park improvement projects in the Tuckahoe State Park Complex at Wye Island and Martinak State Park. In addition, the crew works with partner organizations, such as the Chesapeake and Coastal Service, to remove invasive species, maintain tree tubes, and plant trees and bay grasses. Crew members work most weekends in the summer. Low-cost State Park housing is available within the park’s complex.

Assateague State Park

Assateague State Park is an oceanfront park on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, just south of Ocean City. Assateague is well known for its environmental education and interpretive programming. Crew members will design and build original displays for the park’s beachfront Nature Center. Assateague has a Scales and Tales program which uses live animals including raptors, reptiles, and aquatic critters. Crew members will be responsible for the daily care of these animals. During spring and summer, crew members will lead environmental education programs for school field trips as well as interpretive programs for campers. Other activities include monthly water quality sampling with Maryland Coastal Bays, park improvement projects, and partnerships with local organizations such as the Salisbury Zoo and International Mountain Bicycling Association. Some weekend work is required. Low-cost State Park housing is available at Assateague State Park next to the park office.

Southern RegionMCC crew member with small turtle

Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary

The Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary MCC Crew is located in Southern Maryland on the Patuxent River in Prince George’s County. Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary is the only wildlife sanctuary operated by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Located just outside of the greater Washington, D.C. area in Upper Marlboro, the wildlife sanctuary is renowned for providing critical resting habitat for wintering Canada Geese, the largest concentration on the Western Shore of the Chesapeake. This crew focuses on trail work, environmental education, Chesapeake Bay restoration, wildlife habitat, and park improvement projects. The Wildlife Sanctuary Visitor Center is operated by the crew and includes interpretive exhibit development, programming, special events, and the care of live animals for the Scales and Tales Program. Crew members also assist with projects at Cedarville State Forest and Calvert Cliffs State ParkThis crew works closely with the Conservation Jobs Corps program during the summer, leading projects in the park and mentoring youth. Some weekend work is required. Low-cost state park housing is available near the Visitor Center at Merkle where the crew meets daily. ​

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