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YCC crew members conducting a safety briefing along the bluffs of the Pacific Coast before continuing on with the day's work.
YCC safety briefing along the bluffs of the Pacific Coast before continuing on with the day's work.

The deadline for submitting an application for the 2019 YCC season was April 12, 2019. Spaces still available for summer 2019! Please apply as soon as possible.

Download the application for the YCC Program from the national Youth Conservation Corps page.

Each spring, Point Reyes National Seashore seeks applicants for the summer Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Program. Young men and women must be at least 15 years of age by the start of the YCC season (mid-June) but cannot turn 19 before the program ends (mid-August). They must also be permanent residents of the United States and have or be able to obtain a Social Security Card and work permit. Approximately twelve positions are available each summer.

Work projects will include removing downed trees, trail maintenance, and grounds maintenance. Work locations will vary from the historic Pierce Point Ranch to the heart of the Seashore's backcountry.

 
Four YCC crew members carrying a green canoe along a gravel path leading to Abbotts Lagoon.
YCC crew members carrying a canoe to Abbotts Lagoon.

Work will be performed in an outdoor environment with exposure to poison oak. Applicants must be physically fit, capable of hiking long distances, and have the ability to work with hand tools.

For summer 2019, the program will commence on Monday, June 17, 2019, and will terminate on Friday, August 9, 2019. Work hours are from 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The pay is $12 per hour. Employees are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Seashore Headquarters area. No government housing is available.

Due to the short eight-week program, we require all enrollees to be available and to work the entire program. Vacations should be planned before or after the program dates.

 
Eight YCC crew members clearing brush along a section of Muddy Hollow Road Trail.
YCC crew members clearing brush along a section of Muddy Hollow Road Trail.

How to Apply

Download the application for the YCC Program from the national Youth Conservation Corps page.
Please note that selections are made via lottery so the essay question is not required for those applying to the Point Reyes YCC program. Additional information, such as social security number, proof of employment eligibility, and medical history, will be required to complete the hiring process after selections have been made.

After downloading the application, fill it out, and save the file. Send your completed application by either contacting Shawn Maloney via this Contact Us form or by calling 415-464-5154 to request his email address, or print it out and mail it to:

Point Reyes National Seashore
Attn: Shawn Maloney/YCC
1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Applications may also be submitted in person, if arranged in advance by emailing Shawn Maloney or by calling 415-464-5154.

Applications must be received, emailed, or postmarked on or before April 12, 2019. Applications will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled.

General Information about the 2019 YCC Program

Frequently Asked Questions about the 2019 YCC Program

Contact Shawn Maloney at 415-464-5154 or by email for more information.

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General Information

Dates: June 17 to August 9, 2019

Pay: $12 per hour, including one paid holiday, July 4

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm; Lunch from noon to 12:30 pm

Projects:

  1. Downed Trees 20%
  2. Trail Maintenance 70%
  3. Grounds Maintenance 10%

The Enrollee Must Provide:

  • Boots: Lug sole. Minimum 6-inch top, 8-inch preferred. Full leather toe is preferred. Avoid fabric tops as they allow poison oak oils to reach the inside of the boot.
  • Pants: Long—no shorts. Material resistant to abrasion and tearing. Work pants, jeans,etc. Pants must be clean and presentable daily.
  • Daily Lunch: Enrollee must bring a lunch every day; it is also recommended to bring snacks.
  • Day Pack: To carry lunch, water, and personal items.
  • Light Jacket: Wind breaker or sweat shirt. Weather at Point Reyes National Seashore can change rapidly; layered clothing is highly recommended.

The Park will Provide:

  • Uniforms: Work Shirts, long-sleeved, khaki color with YCC Patch
  • Safety Equipment:
    • Gloves
    • Hardhats
    • Safety glasses or goggles
    • Hearing protection
    • Additional personal protective equipment, as needed

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. If I was enrolled in YCC in 2018, may I apply again in 2019?
    YES! However, applicants who were participants in YCC in previous years may be given consideration only when there are insufficient first time applicants.
  2. If my 15th birthday is after the starting date of the program, am I eligible?
    No. Applicants must be at least 15 years of age by the beginning of the program.
  3. If my 19th birthday is before the ending date of the program, am I eligible?
    No. Applicants must not have reached 19 years of age by the ending date of the program.
  4. If I am planning a vacation, may I be excused from YCC for the length of the vacation?
    Due to the short eight-week program, we require all enrollees to be available and work for the entire program. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis by the program manager.

As a matter of information:

  • All enrollees will receive the 4th of July holiday off with pay!
  • Trail maintenance will involve exposure to poison oak.

Important

Completed applications must be returned or postmarked no later than April 12, 2019. Mail applications to:

Point Reyes National Seashore
Attention: Shawn Maloney/YCC
1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Please feel free to email Shawn if you have questions.

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Last updated: May 16, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Phone:

(415) 464-5100
This number will initially be answered by an automated attendant, from which one can opt to access a name directory, listen to recorded information about the park (i.e., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; weather forecast; fire danger information; shuttle bus system status; wildlife updates; ranger-led programs; seasonal events; etc.), or speak with a ranger. Please note that if you are calling between 4:30 pm and 10 am, park staff may not be available to answer your call.

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