Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) students clean up trails at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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Spend the summer working outdoors in your local National Parks by joining the Youth Conservation Corps

If you are a high school student between the ages of 15 and 18 who enjoys working outdoors in a team oriented environment on projects that will help conserve the national parks in your backyard - then a position with the National Parks of New York Harbor (NPNH) Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) could be for you.

The Job:
You will gain valuable work experience in resource protection and facility maintenance as they travel to a variety of sites.

The National Parks of New York Harbor is looking for highly motivated students ages 15-18 to work outdoors in locations throughout New York Harbor on a variety of weeklong environmental conservation and maintenance projects. Projects may include work in natural resource protection, maintenance of historic structures, displays or exhibits, light trail work, gardening, working with volunteers, etc.

$7.25 per hour

Employment Dates:
July 2 - August 25, 2012

Employment Schedule:
Five 7-hour days (35 hours per week)

Will be provided "on the job" by National Park Service experts.

Travel expenses:
Travel and MetroCards will be provided through NPNH.

You may be surprised to learn that there are 10 National Parks with 22 unique destinations in New York City and northern New Jersey? The National Parks of New York Harbor includes nearly 27,000 acres and welcomes more than 12 million visitors each year.

Here are some of the locations where you could be working this summer:

African Burial Ground National Monument -
Castle Clinton National Monument -
Ellis Island Immigration Museum -
Federal Hall National Memorial -
Gateway National Recreation Area -
General Grant National Memorial -
Governors Island National Monument -
Hamilton Grange National Memorial -
Lower Eastside Tenement Museum National Historic Site (an affiliate) -
Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site -
Statue of Liberty National Monument -
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site -

In order to apply for this opportunity you must:

  • be a U.S. resident
  • be between 15-18 years old and enrolled in school
  • be willing to work outdoors
  • participate in work related training
  • be willing to travel to different work sites and participate in overnight trips (travel to be covered by NPNH)
  • wear the YCC uniform (which will be provided by NPNH)
  • follow directions
  • have a positive attitude
  • work well with others
  • have an interest in environmental issues, park facilities and building public speaking skills.

How Do I Apply? Complete the YCC application and email us or mail to:
Ilyse Goldman c/o Floyd Meters
Federal Hall National Memorial
26 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005

All application materials are due by April 30, 2012.
Please email us if you have any questions. We are looking forward to reading your applications.

Want more information? Check out the YCC-in-NYC Podcasts to see what other local YCC students have accomplished: Follow National Park Service Youth Programs on Twitter @NPSYouth Visit the YCC homepage at

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Last updated: May 2, 2018

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