Youth Conservation Corps

Three young people in YCC shirts scan with cameras and binoculars across a mountain lakeThe Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program was established August 13, 1971. YCC’s continuing mission is to help accomplish meaningful work on public lands while employing 15-18 year olds of all social, economic, ethnic and racial backgrounds. The YCC program gives youth an opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of our national forests while exploring the various potential careers the Forest Service offers and practicing leadership skills.

Frequently asked questions:

Who is eligible for YCC?

a youth conservation crew with hardhats and backpacks hike down a narrow trailThis program is intended for local individuals who are interested in conservation work, able to live at home and commute daily to and from their homes to the Flathead National Forest Tally Lake Ranger District and Supervisors Office located in Kalispell. The Forest Service will provide transportation for YCC members between this office and work sites.

Participants must be between 15-18 years old and provide proof of age and citizenship on their first day of work. 

All selected individuals will be expected to follow rules and regulations that apply to all Federal employees.

What are the benefits?

Program members will have the opportunity to engage in various job shadow opportunities with Forest Service staff and learn about many different career options in natural resources while gaining professional experience.

YCC members will be paid bi-weekly at the federal minimum wage rate of $15 per hour. Federal and state taxes are applied.

What is the time commitment required?

The program runs from about June-August. The Flathead National Forest may be hiring up to 5 youth for up to 9 weeks. This year, in addition to the full-length program, we will be offering two options for participants no able to join the full commitment. Those selected for the program will be required to attend a mandatory program orientation on June 15 and an end of the season awards presentation on August 12. 

How do I apply?

Click here for 2022 application

Deadline to submit application is April 8. Please return your completed application to Flathead National Forest at, or mail to: Attn: YCC Program Coordinator, 650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell MT 59901.

Please call the for more information about the program and how to apply at: (406) 858-0334 or email the YCC Program Coordinator Julie Gerrior. Watch here for more information as dates for 2022 are set, usually in late March or early April.

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