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Yellowstone Recruits for 2008 YCC Program

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Date: February 4, 2008
Contact: Al Nash or Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2015

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190           

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 4, 2008     08-05

Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Yellowstone Recruits for 2008 YCC Program

Imagine an opportunity to work in and enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities in our nation's first national park - hiking, backpacking, and exploring, to name a few - while fostering an understanding and appreciation of Yellowstone National Park and its natural resources.  The Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program can offer this invaluable experience.

Yellowstone National Park is recruiting for the 2008 YCC program, an eight-week residential work program for young men and women designed to develop an appreciation for the nation's natural surroundings and heritage from their environmental and work experience.  This year, a variety of environmental education programs, as well as extensive outdoor recreation programs will be offered, including hiking, fishing, backpacking, ranger led programs, and trips throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Initiated in Yellowstone in 1984, the YCC has been instrumental in teaching conservation.  Each year, the YCC recruits young men and women between the ages of 15 and 18 from all social, economic, ethnic and racial classifications, to work together under adult leadership to complete conservation projects such as rehabilitation of trails and backcountry areas, campground restoration, and a wide variety of resource management, maintenance and research projects.  Through this experience, young people expand their job and leadership skills and develop personal values, self-esteem, self-discipline, work ethics, and an awareness of social and environmental issues.

The 2008 YCC program will run from June 14 through August 9.  Participants will be required to live on location; room and board will be provided at a minimal cost.  Wages will be set at the federal minimum wage.  

For further information and/or an application, please contact the YCC Program Manager by calling (307) 344-2148; writing to YCC Program, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190; or visiting www.nps.gov/yell/parkmgmt/yccjobs.htm  Applicants must be citizens of the United States and be 15 years of age by June 14, but not over 18 years of age by August 9.  Completed applications must be sent to the address noted above and postmarked by March 15, 2008.  A 30-member camp will be selected randomly from qualifying applicants. 

The Yellowstone YCC program is funded through donations of the Men and Women of the Loyal Order of the Moose.  Since 1989, members of the Moose have generously donated over two million dollars in support of Yellowstone's YCC program.  For more information on the Loyal Order of the Moose go to: www.mooseintl.org.

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