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What is YCC?
The U.S. Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a summer youth employment program for teenagers, interested in l work experiences on national forests and parks, wildlife refuges, and fish hatcheries. Youth work on projects designed to develop an ethic of environmental stewardship and civic responsibility such as: building and repairing trails, preserving and repairing historic buildings, removing invasive species, helping with wildlife and land research, and leading environmental education.
• Crew based
• 3 to 10 weeks in duration
• 8-hour workday, 40-hour work week
• Earn Federal minimum wage or the state minimum wage, if higher
• Local jobs mostly; residential programs available at select Forest Service units
• 20% of work week focused on educational, career exploration and service-learning activities
Forest Service Youth Conservation Corps 2018
• At least 15 years of age at the start of enrollment; must not reach the age of 19 before completion of the program
• A U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident
• Work permit
• Valid U.S. Social Security number or proof of application
• Able to fulfill the essential functions of assigned work with or without a reasonable accommodation
How does it work?
YCC Job Posts: Federal agencies, such as the Forest Service, post available YCC jobs starting in January of each year.
Apply: Application deadlines generally range from March 1- April 15.
Download YCC FactSheet 508c -approved .pdf
Applications Reviewed: Selected applicants are contacted by a Forest Service or partner staff person.