Cowpens National Battlefield's Youth Conservation Corps program is non-residential only.
Summer Jobs for Teens at Cowpens National Battlefield, Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, and Kings Mountain National Military Park June 10– August 2, 2019
GAFFNEY, South Carolina – Are you a teenager looking for a challenging and exciting summer job? If so, you may be interested in working for the National Park Service as a member of the Youth Conservation Corps at the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution Parks Group (SOCA) sites. The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) was established as a summer employment program for young men and women between the ages of 15-18 who work, learn, and earn together on projects that further the development and conservation of the natural resources of the United States. There will be three (3) crews in the SOCA group. One crew will be stationed at Cowpens National Battlefield, and a second crew will meet at Cowpens National Battlefield each day but will conduct work at various locations on the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. The third crew will be stationed at Kings Mountain National Military Park.
This job entails outside physical work in temperatures frequently above 90°. Participants may be exposed to insects, poison ivy, and adverse weather. Projects could include debris removal, brush clearing, trail construction, bridge and split rail fence construction, pruning trees, weed eating, and erosion control projects. In addition to these tasks, the parks will provide environmental education and field trips to other parks, such as a multiple-night camping trip to work and visit at other sites.
Youth may pick up applications at the Cowpens National Battlefield Visitor Center and the Kings Mountain National Military Park Visitor Center from March 23 -April 23 from 9:00 – 5:00. After March 23 they may download one here. Cut off for accepting applications will be 4:00 pm April 23, 2019. Applicants interested in working for Cowpens and Overmountain Victory Trail crews may return applications to the Cowpens Visitor Center at 4001 Chesnee Hwy, Gaffney, SC 29341, mail them to Cowpens National Battlefield, 338 New Pleasant Road, Gaffney, SC 28341 or fax them to 864-461-7795. Applicants interested in working for the Kings Mountain National Military Park crew may return or mail them to Kings Mountain National Military Park, 2625 Park Road, Blacksburg, SC 29702 or email them to e-mail us.
YCC crew members for both Cowpens National Battlefield and the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail will be randomly drawn from the same pool of applicants. Crew members for Kings Mountain National Military Park will be randomly drawn from a separate pool of applicants. The job is 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, paid at minimum wage $7.25 per hour. Applicants MUST be available for work from 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 40 hours a week beginning on June 10th and ending on August 2nd with no unexcused absences or vacations.
Applicants must be a permanent resident of the United States, have a Social Security card, have a desire and willingness to work outside, have no history of serious crime or anti-social behavior that might create safety problems, and possess the ability to work well with others. In addition, the applicant’s parent or legal guardian must consent to the teen working and be able to provide the proper type of work clothing such as long sleeved shirts, jeans and work boots. For more information, you may call the Cowpens Visitor Center at (864) 461-2828 or the Kings Mountain Visitor Center at (864) 936-7921. ----------- The Southern Campaign of the American Revolution Parks Group consists of Cowpens National Battlefield, Kings Mountain National Military Park, Ninety Six National Historic Site, and Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. The group mission is to protect, preserve, and share the significance of the battles and people who lived and fought in the southern colonies where America earned its freedom. Each park tells its own piece to the overall Southern Campaign story, where the military events that took place in the Carolinas substantially influenced the eventual American victory in the Revolution. For more information about each park, please visit their websites: Cowpens National Battlefield – www.nps.gov/cowp Kings Mountain National Military Park – www.nps.gov/kimo Ninety Six National Historic Site – www.nps.gov/nisi Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail – www.nps.gov/ovvi -----------