Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)

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The National Park Service is offering an opportunity for youth to work at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in the summer. These positions are being funded through the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program. The purpose of the YCC program is to introduce young adults to the National Park Service mission and how Cultural and Natural resources are managed. The program may include travel to various areas within the park and possibly to other public lands for orientation.

Work may be at the Copper Center/Headquarters complex, Slana Ranger Station or on the Trail Crew, YCC employees will rotate through the Park's divisions (Interpretation, Cultural & Natural Resources, Maintenance, Visitor & Resource Protection, and Administration), learning the role and function of each division and how they support the park. The students will assist with projects, field work and do group activities in and around Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve.

YCC Overview

Download a presentation made by YCC students in 2018, which provides an overview of their experience. (pdf format, 10 MB)

Enrollee Eligibility

Young women and men, 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:

  • Be at least 16 years of age and not reach 19 years of age during summer employment as a YCC enrollee;
  • Be a permanent resident of the continental United States, its territories, possessions, or trust territories; and
  • Possess a Social Security card and have a work permit before the first working day of the YCC program; the park will process the work permit.
  • Have housing because park housing is not available.

How to Apply:

Any interested young adults can apply. 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.

This program runs approximately 11 weeks from late-May through early August. The rate of pay is $15/hour. Applicants will be expected to work 28 - 32 hours per week. There may be some travel and training within the park to various remote locations. Local housing is not provided or available. Employees will be expected to provide transportation to and from work for scheduled shifts.

YCC Employment Opportunity Announcement (pdf format, 168 KB)

For additional information, please contact the park Education Specialist at (907) 308-1021 or email

YCC Application and Medical History forms:
Youth Conservation Corps - Youth & Young Adult Programs
( website)

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YCC Brochure

Last updated: May 6, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve
PO Box 439
Mile 106.8 Richardson Highway

Copper Center, AK 99573


907 822-5234

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