• Rainbow over Half Dome


    National Park California

Youth Conservation Corps

YCC youth at work Yosemite's YCC program is supported by the Yosemite Conservancy
We are pleased to announce that funding has been received to continue the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) in Yosemite National Park. This year's program will be non-residential with 10 youths working 7:30 am to 4 pm, Monday through Thursday, with Fridays spent learning about the amazing natural and cultural treasures in the park. The program will be from June 16, 2014 to August 8, 2014. Youth ranging in age from 15 to 18 will be selected randomly. The selected youths, five female and five male, must report to work in El Portal, CA Monday through Friday. Bus transportation (YARTS) may be available from Mariposa, CA. Youth will be paid within California's minimum wage standards.

Physical outdoor work will include rehabilitation of trails, campground restoration, and a wide variety of maintenance projects. Corps members will work together under adult leadership and develop work skills while learning firsthand about environmental and conservation issues.

Fridays will be spent participating in resource education, recreation, orientation activities, guest and staff presentations, and day hikes in Yosemite National Park.

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

Applications are due by March 15, 2014. Download the application [20 kb DOCX]. YCC participants must agree to these rules [200 kb PDF].

Mail applications to:

YCC Project Manager
PO Box 700-W
El Portal, CA 95318


Email us
(do not send application by email)

Did You Know?

ARC Students journaling near Hetch Hetchy

Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC) brings youth to Yosemite each summer for a dynamic literacy and leadership immersion program. ARC works with students, boosting academic and leadership skills through a variety of programs, including a 40-day experience in Yosemite full of adventure and learning. More...