Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Program

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Have you ever wanted to know what it is like to work as a park ranger? The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a great chance to learn about the National Park Service through a summer work youth program.This eight week long program for young people between the ages of 15 and 18 years of age. You must be a US citizen or permanent resident of the United States, its territories, or its possessions. You also must provide a valid US Social Security number.

The YCC experience allows up to 6 teen enrollees and staff the opportunity to learn, work, and recreate in Fort Scott National Historic Site. The program is challenging, educational, and fun, and offers participants opportunities to expand their horizons while building skills that will benefit them for a lifetime. No previous experience is required, but a willingness and ability to work in a physically active outdoor program, get along well with others, and maintain a positive attitude are essential for success.

Teen enrollees will be selected from across the country to participate in this summer program. YCC participants will learn teamwork and leadership while working in a variety of weather and conditions, participating in resource education, recreation, and NPS and other agency career orientation activities. Activities may include: ranger-led programs, Living History programs, being guest speakers, enrollee and staff presentations, assisting field rangers and/or scientists, and trips to other parks, businesses, and throughout the area.

Enrollees will also spend time completing projects which may include: fence and bench building; repairing/rehabilitating historic structures; general maintenance work; painting/staining; and exotic plant control.

PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT: June 23 – August 15, 2020 (8 weeks)
SALARY: Federal Minimum Wage, $7.25 per hour.
HOURS: Work hours are 8:00am - 5:00pm, Tuesday-Saturday, 40 hours per week.


  • Must be 15 years old by the first day of work and cannot turn 19 during period of employment.

  • Must be a permanent resident of the United States, or its Territories or possessions.

  • Must commit to the entire 8 weeks of the program.

  • Employees absent for three or more work-days are subject to early release from the program.

  • Must be able to safely perform physical outdoor work activities.

  • Former YCC participants are not eligible to apply.


2020 Applications

YCC Crew Member Application Form!

Download, or pick up the form at the Fort. Applications must be received by the park on/or before Tuesday June 2, 2020 to be considered. You may hand deliver your completed application back to the park.
More information about the Youth Conservation Corps can be found by going to

Last updated: May 28, 2020

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