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Yellowstone Recruiting for 2013 Youth Conservation Corps Program

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YCC members work on a trail project near Mammoth Hot Springs.
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News Release Date: February 4, 2013

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, 2013            13-005    

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015
YELL_Public_Affairs@nps.gov

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Yellowstone Recruiting for 2013 Youth Conservation Corps Program

 Imagine having the opportunity to work, learn and play in the world's first national park.

Yellowstone National Park is recruiting for the 2013 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program, a residential work and education program for young men and women between the ages of 15 and 18.

The program is designed to develop an appreciation for the nation's natural resources and heritage through unique educational, recreational and work experiences.

Yellowstone will offer two, month-long YCC sessions, June 9 to July 10, and July 14 to August 14. Fifty youth will be selected from across the country to participate in the program.

Yellowstone's YCC Program recruits youth from all social, economic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. Corps members work together under adult leadership to complete conservation projects such as rehabilitation of trails, campground restoration, and a wide variety of resource management and maintenance projects. Participants and staff develop their job and leadership skills while further exploring personal values, gaining self-esteem, expanding their awareness of work ethics, and learning firsthand about environmental and conservation issues. Corps members will also participate in evening and weekend recreational activities and discover the many options for careers in the National Park Service and other land management agencies.

No previous wilderness experience is required, but a willingness and ability to work in a physically active outdoor program, getting along well with others, and maintaining a positive attitude are essential for success.

Participants will be required to live on location, and room and board will be provided at a minimal cost. Wages will be set at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Applicants must be citizens of the United States and be 15 years of age by June 9, but not over 18 years of age by August 14.

For further information and application materials visit www.nps.gov/yell/parkmgmt/yccjobs.htm.

Questions may be directed to the park's YCC Program Manager at (307) 344-2256. Completed application materials must be received no later than March 1, 2013.

The Yellowstone YCC Program is supported by generous donations to the Yellowstone Park Foundation.

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Prior to the establishment of the National Park Service, the U.S. Army protected Yellowstone between 1886 and 1918. Fort Yellowstone was established at Mammoth Hot Springs for that purpose.