March 7, 2016
Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393
MOOSE, WY — Grand Teton National Park is currently seeking applications for the 11th season of the Youth Conservation Program. The program gives local teenagers an opportunity to spend the summer working while learning about and making significant contributions to protection of the park's trails and other resources.
Managed through the park's trails program, the majority of the work done by program participants is in the area of trail maintenance. Participants work alongside National Park Service crew leaders and become familiar with the agency's stewardship goals while learning essential trail maintenance skills and addressing critically needed maintenance on park trails. Program members also collaborate on a variety of resource protection projects including fire, vegetation, and soundscape management as well as historic resource preservation. Environmental education and park operations programs complete the experience.
The 2016 Youth Conservation Program will run for ten weeks from June 13 through August 18. Prospective participants must be 16 to 19 years old and must be United States citizens or have a valid work permit. Other qualifications include good team skills, a strong work ethic, an interest in learning about Grand Teton National Park and the ability to work at a physically demanding job which involves lifting 30-40 pounds and hiking up to 15 miles a day. Wages are set at $12.00/hour and members will work Monday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Transportation to and from the town of Jackson each morning and afternoon is provided.
Prospective applicants can find more information about the program and print an application at www.nps.gov/grte/getinvolved/supportyourpark/ycp.htm. Application packets must be postmarked by March 19, 2016. The Youth Conservation Program is made possible by generous contributions from private donors through the Grand Teton National Park Foundation.