Youth Conservation Corps (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 members work on projects that promote awareness and appreciation of the public lands legacy and the nation’s natural, cultural, and historic resources.

Applicants must:

  • Be at least 15 years of age at the start of enrollment and must not reach age 19 before completion of the program
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident of the United States, its territories, or its possessions
  • Provide or be able to obtain a work permit as required under the laws of the applicant’s home state
  • Provide a valid U.S. Social Security number or have applied for a valid Social Security number
  • Be able to fulfill the essential functions of the assigned work with or without a reasonable accommodation




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