Work, Learn, Play, and Grow
We need you! Get paid to accomplish needed conservation work on public lands. Work on historic structures, restore native species, disappearing trails, and the eradication of invasive species.
What is the Youth Conservation Corps?
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?
Youth Conservation Corps 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.
How do I find an opportunity?
Looking for a Youth Conservation Corps program near you? Check out our list of opportunities from our listing here and inquire if the park is offering a YCC program.
How do I apply?
1. HOW TO APPLY: Use form below to apply.
2. HOW TO SUBMIT: Send your completed form by due date directly to the park of interest (most sites have an April 15th due date).
How are selections made?
Enrollees are selected without regard to civil service or classification laws, rules, or regulation. The selection process is conducted in a public forum by the random selection method.