Youth Conservation Corps

Group picture of YCC corps members and their supervisors.

Taking a break from trail work for a group photograph.


2015 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Program

There will be six young adults selected by lottery for the nonresidential 2015 YCC crew at the park. While the corps members will spend most of their time on work projects they will also learn about the environmental and cultural resources found in the park.

Work Projects
The park YCC crew works on a wide variety of trail maintenance projects including trail clearing, repairs, and construction. The work will be accomplished using hand tools. Corps members may also be assigned to maintenance work such as janitorial services, equipment cleaning, etc. during inclement weather.

Environmental Education
Environmental education programs will be offered as part of this year's program. A minimum of 40 hours will be spent on environmental programs provided by our staff in conjunction with other park areas

YCC corps members working on a trail.

YCC corps members working on a trail.

General Information

Employment Requirements
Corps members must be at least 15 years of age by June 1, 2015 and not over 19 years of age by July 24, 2015. They must also be United States citizens. A Georgia Youth Work Permit is required for all applicants under the age of 18 and must be submitted as part of their application packet.

Job Location
Corps members will report to work each day at the Island Ford unit located in the north end of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Corps members will be dismissed from the Island Ford unit at the end of the work day. Corps members are responsible for their own transportation to and from Island Ford.

Pay Rate
Corps members are paid $8.00 per hour, which is above the federal minimum wage. Corps members may take sick leave but will not be paid for the time absent.

The standard work day is from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Crew members will receive one 15 minute break in the morning and a second 15 minute break in the afternoon. Additional breaks may be given dependent on working conditions. There will be a 30 minute lunch break. Corps members are required to pack a lunch daily.

Work Conditions
Corps members will encounter a variety of harmful flora and fauna during their workday; bees, snakes, ticks, mosquitoes, Poison Ivy, and Poison Oak are common. The work will be performed under hot and humid conditions.

yellow hard hat

Employee Responsibilities

Appropriate safety training and personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided by the park. Corps members are expected to work in a safe manor using appropriate PPE when required. Safety is the responsibility of every corps member.

Clothing Requirements
Work uniforms will be provided for corps members and must be worn during the work day. At the end of the shift all uniforms will be collected and washed before the next day of work. Street clothes should be worn to and from work. For your safety on the job sandals, shorts, and tank tops are prohibited.

Direct Deposit

All corps members will be paid by direct deposit to their designated bank. Corps members must submit banking information prior to the first day of work.

YCC corps members

Conditions of Employment

The following are conditions of employment. Immediate termination of employment will result if these directives are not followed.

Alcohol & Illegal Drugs

Alcohol or illegal drug use or possession is prohibited. Any corps member under the influence or in possession of alcohol or illegal drugs during work hours will be referred to a law enforcement park ranger. For your own safety corps members are required to provide a written list of their current medications prior to participation in the program.


Verbal or physical harassment is prohibited. To maintain an appropriate work place, corps members are not permitted to exhibit physical signs of affection toward other corps members or acquaintances while at work.


Weapons are prohibited during working hours. Knives with blades over 6 inches long are prohibited during work hours.


Smoking is prohibited at work sites, job sites, while in park facilities, and while in vehicles.

How to Apply
To apply for the 2015 Summer YCC Program at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, complete the YCC Application Packet and send to the park by certified mail, fax, or e-mail. Application packets will not be returned, make a photo copy for your records before submitting. Incomplete application packets will not be considered!

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Youth Conservation Corps
1978 Island Ford Parkway
Sandy Springs, GA 30350

Fax: 678-538-1218


DEADLINE: Application Packet must be received no later than April 24, 2015.

Corps member selections will be made using a random method on April 29, 2015. All applicants will be notified of their status by e-mail by May 1, 2015.

Please e-mail us with any questions that you may have about the program.

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