Youth Conservation Corps Opportunities

Superintendent Dan Wenk at the reopening celebration of Albright Visitor Center with REYP staff and members of the Youth Conservation Corps
Youth Conservation Corps Members posing for a group photo

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2023 Youth Conservation Corps Opportunities by Park

Apply for the 2023 YCC season now through the deadline date (different for each park). Check back here as more parks are added.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us. For questions about specific locations, please contact your regional manager on our "Contact Us" page. You can also contact the park directly below with first name_last Go back to the main YCC page to apply.

*Please note all locations are subject to change. All YCC programs listed below (except Yellowstone National Park) are non-residential, and are therefore unable to provide park housing and transportation to and from the site. Please keep this in mind when applying.

Alaska Region

Park Name Session Dates Types of Projects Deadline Contact
Denali National Park and Preserve June 5 - July 28 Interpretation and education, trail maintenance, all aspects of the care, feeding, exercise, and training of 30-plus active Alaskan huskies February 22 Krista Johnson
Kenai Fjords National Park May 31 - August 11 Invasive species removal, interpretation, and visitor services February 23 Leah Wold
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve May 30 - August 11 Trail maintenance, Ranger Station grounds maintenance, visitor services, Junior Rangers March 31 Russell Scribner

Intermountain Region

Park Name Session
Types of Projects Deadline Contact
Petrified Forest National Park (Arizona) June 5 - July 21 Trail maintenance, invasive species removal, resource management field work March 31 Stan Belinte
Yellowstone National Park (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming)

Note: this is a residential program, so housing will be provided, and non-local residents are encouraged to apply.
June 11 – July 10 and
July 16 – August 15
Boardwalk repair, invasive species removal, trail maintenance, installing food storage containers (Bear Boxes), visitor use monitoring, community science (national dragonfly freshwater study), fence building or repair, painting, campsite improvements, and various other work projects March 1 Mike Coonan

Midwest Region

Park Name Session Dates Types of Projects Deadline Contact
Arkansas Post National Memorial (Arkansas) June 6 -
August 5
Invasive plant management, trail maintenance, and cultural landscape maintenance April 30 Kirby McCalie
Fort Scott National Historic Site (Kansas) June 12 - August 4 Historic preservation, interpretation, leadership, and stewardship, as well as resume building, interviewing skills, the ins and outs of USAJobs, and working for the NPS May 19 Carl Brenner
Fort Smith National Historic Site (Arkansas, Oklahoma) April 24 - September 22 Removing overgrown vegetation and trees and conducting trail brushing along the west bank of the park March 3 Darin Huggins
Indiana Dunes National Park (Indiana) June 4 -
August 12
Custodial services April 30 Florida Harris

Skaidra Kempkowski
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial (Indiana) June 5 -
July 28
Replace 1500 linear feet of split rail fence April 15 Daryl Beck
St. Croix National Scenic Riverway (Wisconsin, Minnesota) June 12 - August 25 Campground maintenance, riverbank stabilization, painting, staining, river trash pickup April 24 Jedediah Wannarka
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (Kansas) May 29 -
July 21
Invasive species removal, learn about cattle and bison, stream fish, including the federally endangered Topeka shiner, and numerous nationally significant cultural resources April 7 Deborah Haley

Kristen Hase

Pea Ridge National Military Park (Arkansas) April 24 - September 22 Trail maintenance and repairs, new signage to clearly identify trail locations to be installed March 3 Aaron Artripe

National Capital Region

Park Name Session
Types of Projects Deadline Contact
Prince William Forest Park (Virginia) Mid-June - Mid-August (TBD) Trail maintenance, stream quality monitoring, painting, staining, and other projects that are needed April 15 Kathy Kimmitz

Northeast Region

Park Name Session Dates Types of Projects Deadline Contact
Acadia National Park (Maine) June 26 - August 18 Installing check dams, replacing bog walk, clearing vegetation and drainage, removing invasive plant species, painting March 15 Erica Lobel
Boston African American National Historic Site (Massachusetts) June 28-August 18 YCCs work alongside NPS staff to learn recreational activities and develop facilitation skills. Youth build their abilities to take the lead to connect 8-12 year-old campers along the Black Heritage Trail in Boston's Beacon Hill. April 15 Michelle Pizzillo
Boston Harbor Islands National and State Recreation Area (Massachusetts) June 28 -August 18 YCCs work alongside NPS staff to learn recreational activities and develop facilitation skills. Youth build their abilities to take the lead to connect 8-12 year-old campers with the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of Boston Harbor Islands National and State Recreation Area. April 15 Michelle Pizzillo
Boston National Historical Park (Massachusetts) June 28 - August 18 Digital media storytelling focused on interpretation and education. Youth will work alongside NPS staff to conduct historical research to be infused in videography, photography, and social media used throughout the park digital visitor information kiosks and museum exhibits. April 15 Michelle Pizzillo
Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park (Virginia) July 3 - 31 Cleaning head stones in the National Cemetery and some landscaping work in the cemetery, as well as within the park April 1 John Storke
Valley Forge National Historical
June 26 -
August 18
Invasive species removal, native tree and shrub care, native seed collection and propagation April 15 Kate Jensen

Pacific West Region

Park Name Session Dates Project Types Deadline Contact
American Memorial Park (Northern Mariana Islands) May 29 - July 29 Edge plantings of the park’s approximately 30-acre nature wetland, remove invasive vine species April 30 Charles Wolford
Big Hole National Battlefield (Montana) June 19 - August 11 Custodial, grounds maintenance, trails maintenance, natural and cultural resource management, interpretation May 15 James Stevenson
City of Rocks National Reserve (Idaho) June 5 - July 28 Trail maintenance, invasive species removal, assisting with Natural Resources surveys, fuels reduction, habitat restoration efforts, as well as maintenance, visitor services, cultural resources, and compliance departments April 28 Austin Zollinger
Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve (Idaho) May 30 - July 31 Trail maintenance and painting TBD Brianna Bowhay
Haleakalā National Park (Hawai'i) June 11- August 5

Maintenance work to restore a garden in the Kipahulu District among others, and interpretation of natural and cultural resources

May 15 Lewis Johnson
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area (Washington) June 19 - August 11 Trail maintenance, picnic shelter painting, and visitor services May 15 Ronald Sacchi
Lava Beds National Monument (California) June 19 - August 11 Invasive species control, post-fire reseeding and restoration, native plant seed collection, cave restoration and visitor impact mitigation, general maintenance and custodial work, and cement work for new pathways at cave entrances April 30 David Hays
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park (Oregon, Washington) June 13 - August 18 Dragonfly Mercury Project monitoring, invasive species removal (blackberry, scotch broom, ivy), forest monitoring (long-term study on the Clatsop unit), vegetation monitoring (wetland plants), trail maintenance, visitor services (checking in junior rangers, leading tours, running games) April 14 Barbara Clark

Stephanie Frey
Manzanar National Historic Site (California) July 3 - August 4 Grounds and building maintenance, which involves care of Manzanar's historic gardens, orchards, visitor center, and other features throughout the park. June 2 David Goto
Mount Rainier National (Washington) June 26 – August 18 Trail maintenance, shoveling snow in preparation for the busy visitor season, brushing, trail opening, tread maintenance, and rock wall repair May 1 James Montgomery
National Park of American Samoa (American Samoa) TBD Invasive species removal, trail maintenance TBD Anthony Wyberski
Nez Perce National Historical Park (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington) June 19 - August 18 Historic grounds maintenance (mowing, landscaping, trimming, hedging), trail maintenance, invasive species removal, native planting, debris removal, inventorying. visitor services, interpretive training, program development, summer events May 30 Tara Wilson
Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site (Hawai’i) June 5 - July 31 Cultural demonstrations, vegetation management, invasive species removal, re-planting native species, general maintenance of historic grounds June 5 Shelby Campbell
Redwood National and State Parks (California) June 26 – August 17 Trail maintenance and repairs, bridge maintenance and repairs, assist the Resource Management Division on invasive plant removal, clearing fuel breaks around historic buildings, and fish seining April 14 Lynn Erickson-Levi
War in the Pacific National Historical Park (Guam) May 29 - July 29 Treatment of various memorials and monuments located at the Asan Bay Overlook, including cleaning, removing patina, dirt, etc. sealing and rewaxing bronze monuments and providing general cleaning to granite name panels April 24 Timothy Clark
Whitman Mission National Historic Site (Washington) June 18 - August 12 Historic ditch and irrigation maintenance, natural resources, accessibility, interpretation and visitor center operations May 30 Kate Kunkel-Patterson

Last updated: February 8, 2023