The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) builds upon and leverages the experience and expertise of existing federal, state and non-profit programs, including the United States Youth Conservation Corps, Corps programs through partnerships with the Corps Network, as well as many other federal and non-federal conservation and youth organizations. These corps facilitate conservation service work on public lands and encourage a new generation of natural resource managers and environmental scientists.

Through the 21CSC America’s young people play a key role in:

  • reducing the impacts of climate change on our natural resources,
  • empowering Native American communities,
  • building trails,
  • enhancing wildlife habitat,
  • improving and restoring our cultural and historic landmarks.

The 21CSC builds upon the historical achievements of programs such as the Civilian Conservation Corps; engages young people from diverse backgrounds including tribal and under-served populations and those who have little or no opportunity to experience the outdoors; and encourages the participation of young women and girls.

Based on service-learning principles, the 21CSC programs focus on engaging youth to develop an ethic of environmental stewardship and civic responsibility while acquiring knowledge, job skills, and exposure to career pathways in natural and cultural resource management.

The 21CSC programs serve youth between the ages of 15 and 25 on average, and are conducted on a year round or seasonal basis, ranging from 8 to 10 weeks during the summer to full-time employment. The 21CSC benefits program participants by providing meaningful employment and hands-on educational experiences; the public lands they are working to restore; and the communities that surround the public lands.

Public Land Corps

Public Land Corps are managed by non-profit organizations that partner with the federal land management agencies. Individuals are recruited and supervised by one the organizations located across the country. Public Land Corps members conduct work projects on public lands, preservation and heritage sites. Through the Public Land Corps members have access to mentoring, counseling, and exposure to new career fields and work skills.

United States Youth Conservation Corps

The United States Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a youth employment and development program based on service-learning principles that engages young people in meaningful work experience on our public lands, while developing an ethic of environmental stewardship and civic responsibility among participating youth. YCC is a program focused on;

  • Youth Development,
  • Natural and cultural resource stewardship and conservation,
  • Continuum of positive community involvement and career exploration.

Participants Work Play Learn and Grow in some of the most beautiful and historically significant places! The YCC has been an active program on public lands since 1971.

For more information about the U.S. Forest Service's YCC program, please go to:


Americorps partners with federal agencies to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service.

Youth Internship Program (YIP)

The YIP is designed to introduce youth 15-25 years of age to career opportunities through internships related to the various National Park Service career fields. This program is designed to reach students early in their career decision-making process, and involve these students in real, intellectually challenging assignments that allow these students to work side-by-side with park staff on projects that provide career and educational opportunities in resource protection, research, visitor experience and other occupations at NPS sites. Students will also learn about multiple career opportunities throughout the National Park System and the Department of the Interior

Career Discovery Internship Program

CDIP is a multi-year internship opportunity for college students to explore careers within the Department of the Interior. Students may apply through any participating DOI bureau for their internship. All interns will participate in a 1-week orientation followed by a 10-12 week work experience. During the orientation, information will be provided on the Department, basics of federal employment, and more about the CDIP, including other participating bureaus and the internships available. After each work experience, students may choose to explore other internships during their college career or may be offered the opportunity to be converted to the Student Career Experience Program. Conversion to SCEP will be determined by the bureau on a case-by-case basis.

Conservation and Land Management Internships

As an intern, you will assist your mentor in a wide variety of projects determined by the needs of your assigned Field Office. Most internships involve work in botany or wildlife-related fields that may include monitoring assessing threatened/endangered species and habitats. Interns have worked in biology-related fields i.e., fire ecology, fisheries, livestock utilization, and native plant materials. A few have completed internships in archaeology, planning and recreation. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data have been an important component of numerous projects.To date, the program has successfully placed hundreds of interns in Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and US Forest Service Field Offices, providing them with a rich experience from which to launch their professional careers.