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YCC students walk into Paw Paw tunnel.
Our YCC Students participate in a variety of projects, training, work, and site visits.

NPS Photo | Monica Larcom

Join Our Youth Conservation Corps Force This Summer!

We are now accepting applications for the summer of 2017.

View the Application Here!

The National Park Service is pleased to announce that C&O Canal National Historical Park in Hagerstown, Maryland, will host a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program for the summer of 2017. The tentative work schedule will be Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, beginning June 19 and ending August 11. The duty station will be the Cushwa Basin Trolley Barn in Williamsport, Maryland. 2017 work projects include trail maintenance and repair, exotic vegetation removal, site restoration, invasive species monitoring, and other miscellaneous projects. Opportunities for environmental education are also incorporated throughout the program. Applicants must be willing to work outside daily, in hot and humid conditions. Enrollees will be chosen by random drawing. The program is open to young men and women 15 through 18 years of age. All applicants who meet eligibility requirements listed on the application will be considered.

Applications will be accepted between February 1 and April 15. Interested applicants can submit scanned filled out applications and e-mail us with the subject line "YCC Application, or print and fill out an application form and mail it to:

YCC Program
C&O Canal NHP
1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740

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A banjo player performs to a few visitors along the towpath.
Matthew Dodd performs his collection of banjo work entitled "Songs & Stories of Old Canal Days" during a weekend event

NPS Photo

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park encourages visitors to help preserve, protect, and enjoy the 184.5 miles of opportunities that the Park presents. While there are plenty of opportunities to experience the history and beauty of the C&O Canal, there are just as many chances to giveback!


The C&O Canal Volunteers preserve the natural, as well as cultural resources of the Park in many different areas. Check out the current volunteer opportunities and start getting involved!
Support Your Park
It takes many outside organizations working together throughout the 184.5 miles of the C&O Canal to support your park.

Current Job Opportunities

Applications for jobs with the National Park Service are accepted via USAJOBS, the federal government's official source for federal job listings and employment opportunity information. The jobs listed below are drawn from USAJOBS, and clicking on any of them will take you to the detailed job announcement on USAJOBS. This list includes only jobs open to U.S. citizens. To see jobs open to eligible federal employees as well or to search for other employment opportunities, visit USAJOBS.

Last updated: February 15, 2017

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Mailing Address:

1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740


(301) 739-4200

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