Youth Conservation Corps Summer Employment Opportunity

Indiana Dunes National Park is accepting applications for the National Park Service Youth Conservation Corps (YCC). There will be 5 positions available in the park this summer. Employment will last ten weeks, beginning June 2, 2024, and ending on August 10, 2024. The starting wage for a basic enrollee is $7.25 per hour for a 40-hour work week.

Selectees are involved in a special employment program for students age 15-18. They work 40-hour weeks for 8-10 weeks of the summer and are paid minimum wage. Maintenance hire four YCC's to perform supervised work with custodial. Interpretation will hire one YCC. Applications are accepted to the end of April. Selections are based upon a random drawing held in May that is open to the public.

Forms must be submitted by April 30, 2024.

The Program

The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a well-balanced work-learn-earn program that develops an understanding and appreciation in participating youth of the Nation's environment and heritage. Administered by the National Park Service, the program offers gainful summer employment to youth in a healthful outdoor atmosphere. Projects may include building trails, maintaining fences, cleaning up beaches, painting and staining park buildings.

Note: This position will include working 40 hours a week. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from designated areas in the Park each workday. Meals are not provided. Participants must provide and wear a safety toe work boot to work.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, participants must be 15 years old before June 2, 2024 but not turn 19 years old before August 10, 2024, the ending date of the program. Young men and women, who are permanent residents of the United States, are eligible for employment without regard to social, economic, racial, or ethnic backgrounds. Handicapped youth who can effectively participate in most YCC activities are eligible. Youth must: have no history of serious criminal or other anti-social behavior that might endanger their safety or that of others; have or be able to obtain a work permit; and have a copy of their Social Security card.

How to Apply:

The YCC application forms will be available beginning in April 1, 2024 through your high school guidance or principles office, or may be obtained by contacting Indiana Dunes National Park at (219) 395-1772.

You may also visit the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) application form.

Submit the YCC application forms to Indiana Dunes National Park Attn: Florida Harris, Administrative Support Assistant 1100 N Mineral Springs Road Porter, IN 46304 They may be emailed to

Forms must be submitted by April 30, 2024.

Last updated: March 25, 2024

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