Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)

Youth Conservation Corps crew pauses near a cave during trail maintenance work.

About the YCC Program

The Youth Conservation Corps is a summer employment program for young men and women, ages 15 through 18, who work and learn together by participating in conservation work on public lands. This year, the program begins on June 15, 2020 and runs till August 7, 2020. Between 8 and 10 YCC crew members will be selected during a drawing of applicant names in the spring. Successful candidates will earn $13.00 per hour (California minimum wage). No housing is available. Work schedules will begin at 7:00 AM and end at 3:30 PM. each day, Monday through Friday, except on federal holidays (July 4th). Applications are due by May 1, 2020 (more info below).

YCC clean a fire pit
YCC clean out a campfire pit.

The type of work to be performed includes exotic weed control, backcountry trail maintenance, cave restoration, cave trail maintenance, environmental education, and facility maintenance. Applicants must be in very good physical condition. This work can be challenging, often requiring travel to seldom seen remote backcountry locations, and it can be strenuous, hot, dirty and sweaty. If regular exercise is not already part of an applicant's lifestyle, they are strongly discouraged from applying.

Conservation education is incorporated into the YCC program. This education will highlight the diversity and responsibilities of different National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service areas, introduce participants to the natural and cultural history of the local area, and may involve field trips to surrounding sites.

YCC conservation training.
YCC crew during a conservation education day.

Program Requirements

  • For ages 15-18.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or legal resident.
  • Have personal transportation to and from work. Carpooling is encouraged.
  • Bring a sack lunch to work each day.
  • A great attitude!
YCC uses a wheelbarrow while planting native plants.
YCC uses a wheelbarrow while planting native plants.

How To Apply

Download the applications either in English orSpanish to fill out. Then mail your application back to us. Applications must be post marked by May 1 2020. If you need a paper application sent to you, please contact us.

Mail to: YCC Program, Lava Beds Nat. Mon., P.O. Box 1240, Tulelake, CA 96134

Applicants will be selected by May 8, 2020 by pulling elligable applicant's names from a ranger hat, and the lucky applicants will contacted by phone shortly thereafter. For more information about the program please email or call David Hays: 530-667-8103.

YCC at Tulelake
YCC crew members spell out "YCC" in while working near Tulelake Wildlife Refuge.

NPS Photo

Last updated: March 3, 2020

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P.O. Box 1240
Tulelake, CA 96134


(530) 667-8113

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