The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a nationwide summer job program which employs teenagers between the ages of 15 and 18 on federally managed land. These youth employees, who we informally refer to as YCCs, perform a wide variety of duties with the National Park Service as well as the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. The YCC program is a great way for young people to help preserve and maintain public lands, get valuable employment experience, and perhaps begin an entire career with one of these agencies.
Here at Kenai Fjords National Park, we have seven excellent YCCs this summer. Four of them, Jacob Marshall, Meret Beutler, Matthew Moore, and Corianne Douglas, are working with the Interpretation division and interacting with the public at Exit Glacier and the Park Information Center. Two YCCs, Brandon Moore and Christian Tofson, are working with the Resource Management division as members of the Exotic Plant Management Team. One YCC, Dyllon Paquette, is working with the Maintenance division and helping to repair and maintain park facilities.
This blog is a space for our YCCs to share their story about what should prove to be an incredible summer. For our readers, we hope that it provides an interesting, behind-the-scenes perspective on life and work at Kenai Fjords National Park and also gives any prospective YCCs a preview of what the program entails.