June 4th, 2020
The YCC program in Redwood National and State Parks has proudly operated continuously since the early 1980s. This decision was not made easily or taken lightly. It is a matter of acting responsibly during these difficult times.
This is a very popular, rewarding and significant program. We are sorry for any disappointments and look forward to resuming the program next year.
The National Park Service offers an opportunity for local youth between the ages of 15 and 18 to work at Redwood National and State Parks in the summer.
How To Apply For Redwood's YCC Program
Applications must be postmarked by 4:30pm on May 8th, 2020. The selection process will be done by random drawing from completed applications and applicants do not need to be present during the drawing. Chosen applicants will be notified the following week. Selected applicants will be required to have a background investigation completed and be fingerprinted in accordance with HSPD-12. A resume will be requested immediately to begin the background investigation. Other paper work will be provided to be submitted in a timely manner.
Young women and men, 15 through 18 years of age, who are permanent residents of the United States, its territories or possessions, are eligible for employment without regard to social, economic, racial, or ethnic backgrounds. To be eligible, youth must:
This program runs eight weeks beginning in June and ending in mid-August. The rate of pay is the current California minimum wage ($13.00 per hour in 2020). Applicants will be expected to work 40 hours per week. Local housing is not provided. All participants must bring their own lunch and provide their own transportation to and from either the parks’ headquarters building in Crescent City or the National Park Service’s Arcata office.
Specific work projects include: construction & maintenance of trails and bridges; invasive vegetation species removal; maintenance around historic structures; assist the prescribed burn program, hydrologists and fisheries biologists.
Participants will be required to do hard physical work, hike long distances and may be exposed to insects, poison oak, adverse weather, and difficult working conditions.
Natural and cultural resource education is incorporated into the eight-week program.
Hear First-Hand From Recent YCC MembersThese short videos show the work and passion of YCC crew at the end of their summer in the redwoods.
Last updated: June 5, 2020