• Gaines' Mill battlefield -- Watt House area

    Richmond

    National Battlefield Park Virginia

Youth Conservation Corps

The YCC crew works to remove invasive species.

The YCC crew works to remove invasive plants from the battlefields.

NPS Photo

Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)

Native species are losing the fight to invasive species and trails are disappearing. We need you! Get paid to accomplish needed conservation work in your local National Park.

Join the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) and become an important member of a cadre of dedicated individuals who work and play in the national parks. As a member of the Youth Conservation Corps you will personally have a role in protecting the nation's precious resources during the 8 week summer program.

What you will learn

Students will gain valuable skills, including teamwork, leadership, conservation, landscape management and communication. They will also develop an understanding of the enviroment through educational opportunities, hands-on work experience, and several field trips to some of Virginia's natural and historic sites.

Program Logistics

Every summer, five youth are hired for eight weeks (July and August). They work eight hour days Monday through Friday, for which they are compensated $7.25 per hour.

As a member of the YCC's summer program, you'll work to protect and preserve Richmond National Battlefield Park's natural and historic resources. You will assist with invasive vegetation, water quality monitoring, trail work and much more.

YCC flyer (pdf)

Applications are due the beginning of May. Download the application (pdf).

Have questions? Want to learn more. Email Kristin_Allen@nps.com or call 804-795-5019 x. 1.

 
YCC crew working with park staff to remove invasive vegetation
The YCC crew works with park staff to clean invasive vegetation from park grounds.
NPS Photo

Did You Know?

Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond

Tredegar Iron Works produced almost 1,100 cannon, roughly one-half of all guns made in the South during the war. (It was second only to the Parrott foundry in Cold Springs, New York in production for the entire United States.)