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; environmental education; forest management; 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 State Park along the Gunpowder River, northeast of Baltimore City, in Harford and Baltimore Counties, spanning close to the Maryland/Pennsylvania line. The crew is based out of the Hammerman Area, south of White Marsh. The park features more than 120 miles of multi-use trails, historic sites, fishing, kayaking/canoeing opportunities, a swimming beach, and marina. This crew is most often involved with park maintenance projects and invasive species removal. Known for their extensive chainsaw work, the MCC crew manages around 18,000 acres of park where they service many downed and hazardous trees on the trails and in the day use areas of the park. Potential conservation work includes tree plantings, invasive species removal, stream clean-ups, and environmental education programming. This 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 within Gunpowder Falls State Park

Patapsco Valley State Park

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 Howard, Baltimore and Carroll Counties. Located near 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: extensive 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. Low-cost state park housing is available within Patapsco Valley State Park.  

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 30 minutes northeast of Baltimore. The park is well known for its many recreational opportunities along the river. This crew is involved in historic interpretation, which includes assisting with running a 200-year old grist mill. The crew also completes a diversity of projects working alongside the rangers in the park. Crew projects include: maintaining 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. The crew completes maintenance and improvements to 20 miles of trail, develops and conducts environmental education programs, and works with partner organizations, such as the Chesapeake and Coastal Service, Department of Agriculture, Maryland Forest Service, Harford and Cecil County Parks, Maryland Fisheries Service, and other non-profit groups. Low cost state park housing is available within Susquehanna State Park.​

MCC Crew Members on climbing wallEastern Region

Tuckahoe State Park

The Tuckahoe State Park MCC Crew is based on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, approximately 30 minutes east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, in Caroline County. This crew spends a majority of its time in the park helping with facility improvements, removal of hazardous trees, assisting with the park’s Scales and Tales ​aviary, and performing trail maintenance. The crew works on a variety of projects in the Tuckahoe State Park Complex at Wye Island and Martinak State Park. In the spring and summer months, the crew gets involved with a lot of environmental education programming. This programming includes: presenting programs to the public about the state’s Scales and Tales program using live animals from the aviary; facilitating team building activities on the park’s ropes course; and manning a nature center and hosting programs at nearby Martinak State Park. This crew may also work with partner organizations to remove invasive species, maintain tree tubes, and plant trees and bay grasses. The crew works with the Conservation Jobs Corps camp program during the summer. Crew members work most weekends in the summer. Low-cost state park housing is available within the Tuckahoe State Park Complex

Assateague State Park

The Assateague State Park MCC Crew is located on a barrier island on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, in Worcester County, just south of Ocean City, Maryland. Assateague is Maryland’s only oceanfront park and is one of Maryland’s most popular state parks. Conservation work concentrates heavily on environmental education and interpretive programming for thousands of students in schools and at the park nature center. Members will lead school groups on field trips at the park and teach the Scales and Tales program using live animals, as well as a number of other environmental education programs. Other activities include wetland restoration, park improvement projects, bay grass plantings, and water quality monitoring of the endangered Coastal Bays. Some weekend work is required. Low-cost state park housing is available at Assateague State Park near the Park Office.​

MCC Crew Member showing turtle to a young childSouthern Region

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 Park. This 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. ​