Last updated: February 27, 2023
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.
YCC participants are paid a special remote park Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) wage of $15 per hour and will work for 8 weeks beginning on or about June 5, 2023 and ending on or about July 28, 2023.
2023 Position Descriptions
Do You Enjoy Working Outdoors?
1 to 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
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.
Do You Enjoy Working with Dogs?
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 formal 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.
How to Apply
The 2023 application period has closed. Check back here early next year for the 2024 application.
Last updated: February 27, 2023