Denali National Park and Preserve offers unique summer employment opportunities to teenagers.
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.
YCCers will be paid a special remote park Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) wage of $13.09 per hour and will work for 8 weeks beginning on or about June 6, 2022 and ending on or about July 29, 2022. In 2022 the park will fill as many as six YCC positions, as described below.
View the 2022 YCC Announcement
2022 Position Descriptions
Do You Enjoy Working Outdoors?
3 or 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.
Do you enjoy sharing Denali National Park and Preserve with others?
Interpretation Division: Denali Visitor Center (DVC)
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 and 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.
Do You Enjoy Working with Dogs?
Youth Conservation Corps selectee assists with the following duties:
How to Apply
ApplicationApplication 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. The application is also available online.
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 2022: Trails, Interpretation, and Kennels. The park will make selections based on applicants’ desired position priority list and input from school staff. We hope to be able to match applicants with the work experience they desire. If two applicants are equally matched for a position, the park will use a random drawing method to make the selection. The park will give preference to local applicants; first preference will go to local applicants who have not yet participated in YCC, and second preference will go to local applicants who previously have participated in YCC. Applicants who are not local will then be considered.
Please return your application via e-mail or regular mail (no applications will be accepted in person) to:
denali_applications at nps.gov (please note, this is a new email address for applications)
Krista Johnson, Human Resources Office
National Park Service--YCC
P. O. Box 126
Denali Park, AK 99755
Applications must be received via e-mail by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2022 or postmarked by Friday, March 4, 2022. In order for the applicant to be considered for positions, mailed applications must be received by Friday, March 11, 2022. Applicants may be contacted by selecting officials after March 16, 2022.
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 contact Denali YCC Coordinator Krista Johnson at Denali National Park and Preserve Human Resources.
Last updated: February 18, 2022