Youth Conservation Corps

Denali National Park and Preserve offers unique summer employment opportunities to teenagers through the Youth Conservation Corps program.

This program is open to all applicants ages 15 through 18. In order to participate in the program, applicants must have the consent of a parent or guardian.

Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) participants are paid a special remote park YCC wage of $15 per hour and will work for 8 weeks beginning on or about June 3, 2024 and ending on or about July 26, 2024

The application period is February 1 to 22, 2024. View the 2024 YCC announcement here.

2024 Position Descriptions


Do you enjoy working outdoors?

Trails Department — 4 positions

This position works for the trails crew of Denali National Park and Preserve. Work is performed outdoors in all weather conditions and is physically challenging. Duties may include hiking as many as 8 miles per day with a 20-pound backpack, trail brushing, clearing drains, repairing trail tread, hauling materials, transplanting native vegetation, digging, installing signs, and collecting data. Tool use may include shovels, picks, sledges, rakes, wheelbarrows, and hand tools. This position may include light custodial work. YCCers are responsible for actively participating in safety trainings, adhering to safety policies, and wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when required.

  • Position Requirements: by June 3, 2024, must be at least 16 years old (to work 10-hour days). Must be younger than 19 years old for the entire time between June 3, 2024 and July 26, 2024.
  • Work Schedule: 10-hour days, 4 days per week (Monday to Thursday, 7 am to 5:30 pm), for a total of 40 hours per week.

Do you enjoy sharing Denali National Park and Preserve with others?

Interpretation Division: Denali Visitor Center — 1 position

This position requires a willingness to be outgoing and comfortable talking with people (individuals and groups) and having a positive outlook on customer service. Duties include: staff the Denali Visitor Center front desk to provide quality customer service and orientation to park visitors, including answering trip planning questions, sharing safety information, and working with Junior Rangers. Rove the Denali Visitor Center Campus, Riley Creek Campground, and front country trails to greet visitors, answer questions, share safety information, and provide informal interpretation. Staff a “touch table” based on natural or cultural history topics, for example, a focus on moose or animal tracks and scat, and talk with visitors about park resources. Research and develop a short talk (as long as 10 minutes) to deliver to visitors at the Denali Visitor Center or at picnic tables at the Savage River. Assist with projects as assigned and shadow park staff in a variety of disciplines.

  • Position Requirements: must be at least 15 years old and younger than 19 years old for the entire time between June 3, 2024 and July 26, 2024.

  • Work Schedule: If selectee is 16 or older, then they will work eight, 9-hour days and one, 8-hour day per each two-week pay period; exact schedule can be flexible, but the selectee will work 9 days every two weeks. If selectee is 15, they are limited to working 8 hours per day and 5 days per week.


Do you love dogs and working outdoors?

Kennels — 1 position

Youth Conservation Corps selectee assists with the following duties:

• all aspects of the care, feeding, exercise, and training of 30-plus active Alaskan huskies weighing between 60 and 90 pounds
• all aspects of dog yard, pen, and equipment maintenance and repairs as needed
• informal interpretation and safety in the dog yard before, after, and between demonstrations for the visiting public
• delivery of interpretive programs and dog sled demonstrations, including handling and harnessing dogs for the run
• raising and training any puppies born during the work season

This position requires extensive physical labor outdoors in all weather conditions. Applicants must be comfortable working with large, energetic sled dogs, talking with visitors, and performing physical tasks.

  • Position Requirements: must be at least 15 years old and younger than 19 years old for the entire time between June 3, 2024 and July 26, 2024.
  • Work Schedule: 8 hours, Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5pm, for a total of 40 hours per week.
Four YCC participants and one ranger pose by a large rock cairn along a gravel river bar.
A group of YCC participants works with the trails crew.

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How to Apply

Enrollee Eligibility

  • Be at least 15 years of age by June 3, 2024 and not reach 19 years of age during employment as a YCCer
  • Be a permanent resident of the continental United States, its territories, possessions, or trust territories
  • Possess a Social Security card
  • Have housing; park housing is not available
  • Have transportation to and from the work site


Important: In the essay question portion of your application, please rate, 1 to 3 (with 1 your top choice), your preferences among the three park areas offering YCC positions for summer 2024: Trails, Interpretation, and Kennels. Supervisors will make selections based on applicants’ desired position priority list, application, and interview. We hope to be able to match applicants with the work experience they desire. The park will give first preference to local applicants who have not yet participated in YCC, and second preference will go to all applicants who have local housing. The park does not provide housing. Out of state applicants need to find their own local housing.

Application forms are available by emailing the Denali National Park and Preserve Human Resources Office and from all high school guidance offices in the Denali Borough School District, as well as online: YCC online application.

Please return your application package via e-mail (to or regular mail to the address below. No applications will be accepted in person.

Human Resources Office
Denali National Park and Preserve - YCC
P. O. Box 126
Denali Park, AK 99755

Applications must be received via e-mail by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 22, 2024 or postmarked by Thursday, February 22, 2024. For the applicant to be considered for positions, mailed applications must be received by Friday, March 1, 2024. Applicants may be contacted by selecting officials after March 4, 2024.

Individuals selected for participation in the program must have a Social Security number. Social Security card applications are available from the Social Security Office located at 101 12th Ave., Fairbanks, and should be filed as soon as possible to allow time for processing.

For more information about how to apply, please email the Denali National Park and Preserve Human Resources Office.

Last updated: February 1, 2024

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Denali Park, AK 99755


907 683-9532
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