The application period for 2017 YCCs has now closed. Please check back here in April 2018 for the 2018 application.
Manassas National Battlefield Park, a unit of the National Park Service, will be hosting a Youth Conservation Corp (YCC) work team during the summer of 2017. For over 25 years, youth from the area have worked on various park resources by repairing trail surfaces, assisting with repairs to historic structures, and performing natural resources projects. This year's program will run from June 19 through August 12, 2017.
To be eligible, you must have had your 15th birthday by June 19 but not have your 19th birthday before August 12. Completed applications should be submitted to:
ATTN: YCC Coordinator
Manassas National Battlefield Park
12521 Lee Highway
Manassas, VA 20109
What is YCC?
The United States Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a summer youth employment program that engages young people in meaningful work experiences on national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and fish hatcheries while developing an ethic of environmental stewardship and civic responsibility. YCC programs are generally 8 to 10 weeks and members are paid the minimum wage for a 40-hour work week. Most YCC opportunities are non-residential programs which provide paid daytime work activities with members who commute to the Federal unit daily.
Who is eligible?
Youth, 15 through 18 years of age, who are permanent residents of the United States, are eligible for employment without regard to social, economic, racial, or ethnic backgrounds. Youth with physical or other challenges who can effectively participate in most YCC activities are eligible. Youth must have no history of serious criminal or other antisocial behavior that might endanger their safety or that of others; have or be able to obtain a work permit as required under the laws of their State; have a Social Security number or have made application of one.
What would I do?
YCC members work in a healthful outdoor setting on a variety of projects including building trails, maintaining fences, cleaning up campgrounds, improving wildlife habitat, environmental education planning and teaching, stream restoration, historic building preservation, and more! You'll also participate in educational field trips where chances are you'll see wildlife or history before your eyes, hike and stand on a mountaintop, or gaze at an ancient ruin.