Youth Conservation Corps

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Be a Part of the Youth Conservation Corps

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area is seeking members for the 2018 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) summer program. YCC provides an outdoor work experience that is safe, educational, and meaningful to young adults of all backgrounds.

JOB DESCRIPTION: The National Park Service (NPS) preserves and protects our country’s natural and cultural heritage. The YCC program offers an opportunity for youth to build skills and knowledge that will prepare them for their professional and academic careers. Work will be labor intense and performed throughout the Park. Proposed work projects include trail construction and maintenance, campground maintenance, resource habitat improvement, resource restoration projects, general maintenance, and painting. This summer program introduces youth to careers in the outdoors, such as biology, environmental science, landscaping, maintenance, and education. The YCC members will report to Lake Meredith National Recreation Area's maintenance Shop in Fritch, TX and will also work at Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. Hands-on training will include: learning about nature and history, teamwork, leadership, safety, First Aid/CPR, landscaping, and career development.

PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT: May 29, through July 21, 2018 (8 weeks)
SALARY: $9.00 per hour.
HOURS: Work hours are 7:00am - 3:30pm, Monday - Friday, 40 hours per week. Employees will NOT be required to work weekends.


  • Must be 15 years old by the first day of work and cannot turn 19 during period of employment.
  • Must be a permanent resident of the United States, or its Territories or possessions.
  • Must commit to the entire 8 weeks of the program.
  • Employees absent for three or more work-days are subject to early release from the program.
  • Must be able to safely perform physical outdoor work activities.

How to Apply

Applications can be found at this link. Please complete the application and drop off or mail, postmarked NO LATER THAN March 30, 2018, to: Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, Attn: Human Resources, 419 E Broadway Fritch TX,79036

For more information: 806-857-3151

Additional Information:

Work Conditions

YCC is an entry-level job and is considered non-competitive, meaning no specific work skills are required to apply. YCC members will be trained, supervised, and will regularly work with qualified park staff to ensure that all safety requirement and performance standards are followed.

YCC work will involve work outdoors, including maintenance of gardens roads, trails, equipment and buildings. Some lifting would be expected on occasion. The terrain in some of the remote locations can get steep and rough. Summer temperatures can be hot and dry. Frequent breaks will be taken during adverse conditions Hand tools are used on a regular basis. The work site can be dusty and exposure to pollen is likely. Many precautions will be taken during work. But, the work sites –such as natural areas –can contain many of the elements that nature can offer: such as poison oak, biting and stinging insects, and other wildlife. Efforts through education, scheduling of work projects, breaks, and First Aid will limit exposure to these conditions. YCC members will be instructed in the use of all required tools and safety procedures. All safety equipment will be provided by the park, except appropriate footwear and attire.

Participate will not earn paid vacation time. Any time off will be non-paid and subject to approval by the Program Managers on a case-by-case basis.

Lodging, meals and transportation:

Lodging, meals and transportation (to and from work) are not provided. It is a daily responsibility of the YCC member to make transportation arrangements and to provide their own lunch. For safety reasons, employees who do not bring their own lunch will be sent home and subject to release from the program if the issue continues.


Work T-shirts, hats, and safety gear will be provided to all participants.

All YCC participants are required to provide the following:

  • Comfortable work boots (no sneakers, slippers or sandals)
  • Long work pants (no loose/ baggy pants or capris accepted)
  • Lunch each work day
Members of the ACE crew at the Alibates Flint Quarries
Members of the ACE crew at the Alibates Flint Quarries

NPS Photo: Brenner

Last updated: July 20, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1460
Fritch, TX 79036


(806) 857-3151

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