Youth Conservation Corps

Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) students clean up trails at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) students clean up trails at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.


Spend the summer working outdoors in your local National Parks by joining the Youth Conservation Corps

If you are a high school student between the ages of 15 and 18 who enjoys working outdoors in a team oriented environment on projects that will help conserve the national parks in your backyard - then a position with the National Parks of New York Harbor (NPNH) Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) could be for you.

The Job: You will gain valuable work experience in resource protection and facility maintenance as they travel to a variety of sites.

Description: The National Parks of New York Harbor, in partnership with the Student Conservation Association (SCA), is looking for highly motivated students ages 15-18 to work outdoors in locations throughout New York Harbor on a variety of weeklong environmental conservation and maintenance projects. Projects may include work in natural resource protection, maintenance of historic structures, displays or exhibits, light trail work, gardening, working with volunteers, etc.

Salary: Whichever is higher -- federal or state minimum wage

Employment Dates: early July - late August (exact dates to be determined)

Employment Schedule: Full time (32+ hours per week)

Training: Will be provided "on the job" by National Park Service experts.


You may be surprised to learn that there are 10 National Parks with 22 unique destinations in New York City and northern New Jersey. The National Parks of New York Harbor includes nearly 27,000 acres and welcomes more than 12 million visitors each year.

Here are some of the locations where you could be working this summer:
African Burial Ground National Monument -
Castle Clinton National Monument -
Ellis Island Immigration Museum -
Federal Hall National Memorial -
Gateway National Recreation Area -
General Grant National Memorial -
Governors Island National Monument -
Hamilton Grange National Memorial -
Lower Eastside Tenement Museum National Historic Site (an affiliate) -
Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site -
Statue of Liberty National Monument -
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site -

Requirements: In order to apply for this opportunity you must:

  • be a U.S. resident
  • be between 15-18 years old and enrolled in school
  • be willing to work outdoors
  • participate in work related training
  • be willing to travel to different work sites and participate in overnight trips (travel to be covered by NPNH)
  • wear the YCC uniform (provided)
  • follow directions
  • have a positive attitude
  • work well with others
  • an interest in environmental issues, history, park facilities and building public speaking skills is strongly encouraged.
Applications for the YCC Program will again be accepted in the spring of 2014.

Want more information? Check out the YCC-in-NYC Podcasts to see what other local YCC students have accomplished: Follow National Park Service Youth Programs on Twitter @NPSYouth Visit the YCC homepage at

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