Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)

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The National Park Service is offering an opportunity for youth between the ages of 15 and 18 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.

Working at the Copper Center/Headquarters complex, 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 the Park.

YCC Overview (pdf format 10 MB) Download a presentation that was made by YCC students, that gives an overview of their experience.

Enrollee Eligibility

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:

  • Be at least 15 years of age by June 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 between the ages of 15 and 18 (cannot turn 19 during the program) can obtain a YCC application at park headquarters or download an application below.

Applications must be postmarked or turned into park headquarters by 4:30pm on the day of the deadline in March. 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.

YCC Application (pdf format 891 KB)

This program runs approximately 8 - 10 weeks beginning in June and ending in August. The rate of pay is the current minimum wage ($10.00 per hour in 2018). Applicants will be expected to work 32 - 40 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.

For additional information, please visit Administrative staff at park headquarters, Mile 106.8 Richardson Hwy, Copper Center or call 822-5234.

Youth Opportunity Announcement 2020

Youth Conservation Corps Promotional Video

Check out this new YCC promotional video produced by the park's Student Conservation Association (SCA) Intern in 2019. It even has Open Captions!
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1 minute, 47 seconds

Video thumbnail image: YCC hiking on Root Glacier in the park.

Last updated: January 24, 2020

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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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