The Youth Conservation Corps is a summer employment program for young men and women, ages 15 through 18, who work and learn together by participating in conservation work on public lands. The program will begin on June 15, 2015, and run for 8 weeks. Between 4 and 8 YCC staff will be selected during a drawing of applicant names on May 25, 2015.

Successful candidates will earn $8.00 per hour (California minimum wage). No housing is available. All participants must bring a lunch and be able to provide their own transportation to and from the monument, and carpooling is encouraged. Work schedules will begin at 7:00 AM and end at 3:30 PM. each day, Monday through Friday, except on federal holidays (July 4th).

The type of work to be performed includes exotic weed control, wildlife habitat maintenance, backcountry trail maintenance, cave mapping and cleanup, cave trail maintenance, and environmental education. Applicants must be in very good physical condition. This work can be challenging, often requiring travel to seldom seen remote backcountry locations, and it can be strenuous, hot, dirty and sweaty. If regular exercise is not already part of an applicant's lifestyle, they are strongly discouraged from applying.

Conservation education is incorporated into the YCC program. This education will highlight the diversity and responsibilities of different National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service areas, introduce participants to the natural and cultural history of the local area, and may involve field trips to surrounding sites.

Applications for the YCC summer employment program must be mailed to Lava Beds National Monument, P.O. Box 1240, Tulelake, CA 96134, and be postmarked no later than May 18, 2015.

Applicants will be selected on May 25, 2015, and contacted by phone shortly thereafter. For more information about the program or to receive an application, please call Danielle Goodrich at 530-667-8154.
Lava Beds 2011 YCC Crew

Lava Beds 2011 YCC Crew

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