Opportunities for Young People
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21st Century Conservation Service Corps
The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps puts thousands of young people, veterans and emerging professionals to strengthen America’s infrastructure, boost local economies, and modernize the way government works. The 21CSC initiative supports partner organizations and service, training, education and employment opportunities for young people to learn and work on lands, waterways, and cultural heritage sites across the country. 21CSC includes Public Lands Corps, a work and education program for young people and veterans. Please contact your local Forest Service unit to learn more about how 21CSC partnerships work.
The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is an exciting summer youth employment program that engages teenagers, ages 15 to 18, in meaningful work experiences on forest lands and prairies, national parks, wildlife refuges, and fish hatcheries.
The Resource Assistants Program is a rigorous, immersive work and learning experience for emerging professionals interested in conservation and/or natural and cultural resources, environmental management, research and development, and other career opportunities with federal land and water management agencies.
Pathways Programs provide paid employment opportunities with the Federal government for high school students,
undergraduates, post-graduates and recent graduates:
- Internship Program – Opportunities for students to explore Federal careers while still in school, Students may
be hired on a temporary basis for up to one year (NTE Intern) or; for an indefinite period (Indefinite Intern).
- Recent Graduates Program - Available to individuals who have completed qualifying degree or certificate
programs within the previous two years. Qualified veterans may have an extended application period due
to military service.
- Presidential Management Fellows Program – For individuals who have completed an advanced degree
within the past two years.
Job Corps is a residential education and career training program for qualifying young people ages 16 through 24. Job Corps members learn a marketable skill, may earn a high school diploma or GED, make lifelong connections, and learn citizen stewardship values while succeeding in today’s demanding workforce. Maximum age limits may be waived if an applicant has a documented disability.
- USDA Offers Tribal Students Career-Track Scholarships in Agriculture
- From Internship to Public Service Career: A HACU Success Story
- Job Corps Student Overcomes Health Barriers to Realize Forestry Dream
- First Employee Hired Under New Direct Hire Authority for Resource Assistants
- Job Corps Centers Recognized for Excellence
- Employment and Mentoring Opportunities Support Youth and Veteran Programs Across the U.S.