YCC - Youth Conservation Corps Summer Employment

Youth pointing out over the Rincon Mountains
Looking out over the Rincon Mountains

2022 Summer Youth Employment Opportunity

Saguaro National Park is offering a summer Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program to teens, ages 16-18. YCC is an 8-week youth employment program consisting of three main components: conservation work, environmental education and outdoor recreation. The dates for the season are June 6th, 2022 through July 29th, 2022.

We will be selecting 8 crew members and 2 Youth Crew Leaders.

YCC enrollees will have the opportunity to work on a variety of conservation projects in Saguaro National Park and the surrounding region, including trail work, environmental restoration work, campground maintenance and resource management. Some weeks will be worked in the front country consisting of 5 eight-hour workdays. If working in the backcountry the work week consists of 10 eight-hour days. Crew members will be go home for the weekends. During the week, YCC enrollees will be camped out near their work site which may be quite remote.

Enrollees will earn $12.80/hour; Youth leads will earn $14.72/hour and work 40 hours a week.

In addition to work, enrollees will engage in daily environmental education lessons that will teach them about the local ecology of Southern Arizona and larger environmental issues. Enrollees will also participate in various recreational outings including day hikes, backpacking trips, field trips and more! YCC is not just a work program, it's a chance to learn, play and grow in the natural world.


To be eligible, youth must:

  • Be between 16 and 18 years old at the start of the program
  • Have not participated in a YCC program in the past year for more than three months
  • Be able to work the entire 8 weeks
  • Be able to transport yourself to and from Saguaro National Park each week
  • Have a willingness and ability to work hard in the outdoors
  • Relate well with others and have a positive attitude

In addition, applicants who are permanent residents of the United States, its territories or possessions, are eligible for employment without regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap, religion, or national origin. Youth with a disability who can effectively participate in most YCC activities are eligible. Selected applicants must possess a Social Security Card and have a work permit (if required). Youth must not have a history of serious criminal or other antisocial behavior that might endanger their safety or that of others. Employment is without regard to Civil Service or classification laws, rules, or regulations.

We will be accepting applications from April 1st- April 30th. Selections will be made by May 13th.

Please fill out and submit the NPS YCC Application and medical history form to SAGU_YCC@nps.gov with “APPLICATION” in the title.

For further questions please email SAGU_YCC@nps.gov with "YCC Question" in the subject line.

COVID-19: The YCC program will be following CDC guidelines for the safety of the crew, as well as extra mitigations including Risk and Acknowledgement forms, daily wellness checks, hand washing, social distancing and wearing masks.


Last updated: March 25, 2022

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