Youth Conservation Corps

left photo shows YCC crew sawing a felled tree, right picture shows crew on Half Dome cables

The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a summer work youth program in federally managed lands. In Yosemite, YCC members work, learn, and grow in public lands restoring, rehabilitating, and repairing the natural, cultural, and historical resources protected as federally preserved places.

This year’s program will be non-residential with 10 youths working from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, with Fridays spent learning about the amazing natural and cultural treasures in the park. The program will be from June 15, 2020 to August 7, 2020. Youth ranging in age from 15 to 18 will be selected randomly (five females and five males) who must report to work in El Portal, CA Monday through Friday. Bus transportation (YARTS) may be available from Mariposa, CA. Youth will be paid within California’s minimum wage standards at $13/hour.

Physical outdoor work will include rehabilitation of trails, campground restoration, and a wide variety of maintenance projects. Corps members will work together under adult leadership and develop work skills while learning firsthand about environmental and conservation issues.

Fridays will be spent participating in resource education, recreation, orientation activities, guest speakers, staff presentations, and day hikes in Yosemite National Park.

No previous experience is required, but a willingness and ability to work in a physically active outdoor program, getting along with others, and maintaining a positive attitude are essential for success.

Applications are due by April 10, 2020 [166 kb PDF].

Group shot of 2019 Youth Conservation Corp in front of giant sequoia

Last updated: March 2, 2020

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