Working on a Youth Conservation Crew

 

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Do you like to work outside? Make new friends? Consider applying for a YCC crew!  After a summer working in some of the most beautiful country in Western Colorado, you may be inspired to pursue a career in natural resources and be our next generation of wildlife biologists, hydrologists and wilderness managers!

The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)  program provides summer employment for youth while accomplishing various types of conservation work involving trail maintenance, range projects, vegetation monitoring, constructing drainage structures, installing signs, and basically “digging in the dirt”.   The YCC projects will take you to areas of the forest you haven’t seen, help you develop skills for future jobs with public land management agencies, and possibly enhance your love for the outdoors! 

The work schedule consists of  four 10 hour days (Mon-Thurs) and may involve camping out under the stars. YCC summer programs are generally 10 weeks starting in June.

To be eligible you must be 15-18 years old, a resident of the United States with no criminal record or antisocial behavior, have a Social Security number and be willing and able to work hard. A good attitude and strong work ethic is all you need; no resume or experience necessary! Work sites will be in each of the ranger districts listed below and will require transportation to and from the district office. Project work will be outside, and you may encounter all types of weather conditions. Good hiking/work boots are required and rain gear.  

Application Package:


Check out these accounts of YCC experiences:

A "How To" Guide to Careers in Natural Resources


Grand Valley Ranger District-  For more information contact Chris Foreman (970) 242-8211 (cforeman@fs.fed.us). Application deadline is April 14, 2017 (YCC Flyer).  Hiring 4-6 crew members to do trail work and other projects on the Grand Mesa and Uncompahgre National Forest. The work week will be 4 days/10 hours a day and some weeks involve backpack camping. (Minimum age is 16)

Grand Valley RD
2777 Crossroads Blvd. Unit 1
Grand Junction, CO 81506

Ouray Ranger District -  Fore more information contact Andrew Maher (970) 240-5300 (abmaher@fs.fed.us). Application deadline is April 14, 2017.  Hiring 7-10 crew members doing trail work in wildnerness areas and some habitat restoration work.  The work week will be 4 days/10 hours a day and some weeks involve backpack camping.(Ages 15-18)

Ouray Ranger District 
2505 S Townsend Rd  
Montrose, CO 81401   

Paonia Ranger District - For more information contact Paul Kimpling (pkimpling@fs.fed.us). Application deadline is April 14, 2017.  Hiring 4 crew members to do trail work on the Gunnison National Forest and other work projects that could include: tree planting, fencing, beetle kill mapping and timber surveys.  The work week will be 4 days/10 hours a day and some weeks involve backpack camping. 2017 YCC Flyer Paonia RD.(Ages 15-18)

 Paonia Ranger District
 403 N. Rio Grande Ave.
 Paonia, CO 81428

Gunnison Ranger District -For more information contact Matt Vasquez (mgvasquez@fs.fed.us) (970) 642-4401. Application deadline is April 14, 2017. Hiring 4 crew members to work on diverse conservation projects involving wildlife, range, and recreation management on the Gunnison National Forest. The work week will be 5 days/8 hours a day and will be day projects with no backpack camping anticipated. (Ages 15-18)

Gunnison Ranger District
216 N Colorado St.
Gunnison, CO 81230-2197

Norwood Ranger District - For more information contact Kathy Peckham (kpeckham@fs.fed.us) (970) 327-4261.  2017 YCC crew has been hired.  Hiring 4 crew members to do trail work on the Uncompahgre National Forest and other work projects. The work week will be 4 days/10 hours a day and some weeks involve backpack camping. (Ages 15-18)

Norwood Ranger District
1150 Forest Street
Norwood, CO 814223

Other work oppportunities for youth: