YCC is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, the U.S. Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. The Youth Conservation Corps is an 8-10 week summer employment program that takes selected students onto National Parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and fish hatcheries while developing an ethic of conservation stewardship and civic responsibility. YCC members work on projects, which promote awareness and appreciation of the public lands legacy and the nation’s natural, cultural, and historic resources.
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Applicants are selected based on physical ability, expressed interest and ability to provide for commuting in cases where residency is not included in the program. The competitiveness is higher for more popular National Parks and regions such as Yosemite National Park and Yellowstone National Park.
Technical skills are not required for this program.
The Youth Conservation Corps is a paid program (minimum state wage). During the program, you will be expected to work 40 hour weeks while never working more than 10 hours in a single day throughout the program. The programs range from 6 weeks to 10 weeks and are held during the summer months.
1) Application Form
2) 250 Word Essay