United States Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)
What is YCC?
The United States Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a summer youth employment program that engages young people in meaningful work experiences on national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and fish hatcheries while developing an ethic of environmental stewardship and civic responsibility. YCC programs are generally 8 to 10 weeks and members are paid the minimum wage for a 40-hour work week. Most YCC opportunities are non-residential programs which provide paid daytime work activities with members who commute to the Federal unit daily.
Who is eligible?
Young men and women, 15 through 18 years of age, who are permanent residents of the United States, are eligible for employment without regard to social, economic, racial, or ethnic backgrounds. Youth with physical or other challenges who can effectively participate in most YCC activities are eligible. Youth must have no history of serious criminal or other antisocial behavior that might endanger their safety or that of others; have or be able to obtain a work permit as required under the laws of their State; have a Social Security number or have made application of one.
What would I do?
YCC members work in a healthful outdoor setting on a variety of projects including building trails, maintaining fences, cleaning up campgrounds, improving wildlife habitat, environmental education planning and teaching, stream restoration, historic building preservation, and more!. You’ll also participate in educational field trips where chances are you’ll see wildlife or history before your eyes, hike and stand on a mountaintop, or gaze at an ancient ruin.
How do I find an opportunity?
Check out our list of opportunities from our listing here https://youthgo.gov/ycc-opportunities or find a federal facility near you and inquire if they have a YCC program or other opportunities:
How do I apply?
- Use this form to apply.
- Send your completed form by due date directly to your federal site(s) of interest (most sites have an April 15th due date).
How are selections made?
Enrollees are selected without regard to civil service or classification laws, rules or regulation. The selection process is conducted in a public forum by the random selection method.
- Joshua Tree National Monument YCC Video (2015)
- Making a Difference at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge YCC Video
- National Parks of New York Harbor (New York, New Jersey)
Check out this special podcast series of Youth Conservation Corps members at several sites. See the parks through their eyes and learn how their work experience contributed to the mission of the National Park Service.
- Catoctin Mountain Park (Maryland)
Listen to a 3 minute audio of what Youth Conservation Corps members at Cactoctin Mountain Park learned and accomplished during their 2008 season.