NOTE: A new and improved Youth Programs site is being developed at nps.gov/youthprograms! This new site contains updated information for the Girl Scout, Boy Scout and HBCUI programs. The links to those programs below will redirect you to the new site. Information for the YCC and PLC programs remains here as we work to update and transfer that content to the new site. We appreciate your patience!
National parks are a place for discovery, exploration, contemplation, and a place for you. Youth Programs are designed to connect youth and young adults with their natural and cultural resources. Our goal is to expose youth and young adults with employment and educational opportunities in public land management and develop the next generation of conservation leaders.
Find out about the exciting employment and volunteer opportunities that the National Park Service offers to help you and your friends learn more about the cultural and historical significance of national parks, and discover new things.
Employment, Educational, Recreational and Volunteer Opportunities. Which program is right for you?
Rachel Cudmore, NPS
Youth Conservation Corps (ages 15-18)
Become part of the team! As part of the Youth Conservation Corps, you will personally have a role in protecting the natural, cultural, and historical resources of your national parks through rewarding work projects. Get paid to have fun in the national parks!
California Conservation Corps
Public Land Corps (ages 16-25)
Do you have a love for the outdoors? As part of a Public Land Corps, that's part of your job! Come join the Public Land Corps and have a personal role in helping to restore, protect, and rehabilitate your national parks through work projects, engage in healthy lifestyle choices through outdoor recreation opportunities, enjoy adventure, and enhanced self-awareness while learning about enviromental issues and the national parks.
Individuals are recruited and supervised by one of the many non-profit organizations partnering with the National Park Service.
Programs for Boy Scouts (ages 7-18)
Whether you are a Cub Scout, Webelos Scout or Boy Scout, the National Park Service has some fun activities for you. For starters, you can become a Scout Ranger and earn a patch. If you have earned your Eagle Scout rank, we want to congratulate you with a certificate.
Programs for Girl Scouts (ages 5-18)
Whether you are a Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior or Ambassador, the National Park Service has some fun activities for you. Become a Girl Scout Ranger and earn a patch! If you have earned your Gold Award, we want to congratulate you with a certificate. Check out what what the Girl Scouts Journey program is all about!
Interested in a career with the National Park Service? Become part of of the NPS Academy, an innovative program designed to introduce diverse students to careers with the National Park Service and other federal land management agencies. The three-phase program begins with a week-long spring break immersion trip to a national park, the second phase is a summer internship with the National Park Service, and in the third phase, students serve as ambassadors for the program.