Youth Conservation Corps
The National Park Service offers an opportunity for high school students between the ages of 15 to 18 to work at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve each summer. These positions are funded through the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program. The purpose of the YCC program is to introduce high school age students to the mission of the National Park Service and how the NPS manages our cultural and natural resources. Each season’s program includes a 2-week training period in which the students will travel to various areas within the park and possibly to other public lands for an orientation to the park and public lands. Other periodic fieldtrips out into the park may occur after the training period.
How to Apply: Any interested student between the ages of 15 and 18 (cannot turn 19 during the program) can obtain an YCC application form from your school counselor, School-to-Work program coordinator, Alaska Job Center, or at park headquarters. An application package consists of the Youth Conservation Corp application and a resume. The selection process will be a random drawing from completed application packages. Applicants will be required to have a background investigation completed and be fingerprinted in accordance with HSPD-12. This program runs for approximately 8-10 weeks beginning in early June and ending in mid-August. The rate of pay is $10.00 per hour. Applicants will be expected to work 40 hours per week. There will be approximately two weeks of travel and training within the park to various remote locations. For additional information please feel free to stop by our office at Mile 106.8 Richardson Hwy in Copper Center or call 822-5234.
The application period for the the 2014 YCC program is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for the summer of 2014. Please check our website next year to apply for the summer of 2015. The application period is usually open during the month of March. Please click on the links below for more information about the YCC program at Wrangell-St. Elias.
Youth Conservation Corp VideoDuring the summer of 2008, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park conducted two youth programs--the Youth Conservation Corp (YCC) and the Youth Partnership Program (YPP). The YCC students were tasked with learning about the park by participating in programs, tours, and activities. The YPP students were orientated to the park and tasked with removing exotic (invasive) dandelions from the Root Glacier Trail.
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