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Youth Conservation Corps

What is it?

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Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a summer employment program for diverse young men and women ages 15 through 18 from different backgrounds to work, learn, and earn together by doing projects to protect public lands.

What do Youth Conservation Corps members do?

  • Work outdoors with other young people on crews, supervised by a trained crew leader
  • Gain valuable professional experience working on Forest Service lands come rain or shine
  • Get training in tool use, safe work habits, teamwork, and more
  • Learn how conservation projects benefit the environment, and the cultural and historical significance

What are the benefits of being in YCC?

  • Develop an appreciation of the nation's natural environment and heritage resources
  • Learn work ethic and interpersonal communication skills
  • Make new friends with youth from various social, economic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds
  • Earn Federal or State minimum wage—whichever is higher

Am I eligible?

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident
  • At least 15 years of age by June 1st and not yet 19 years of age by August 30th of that year
  • Youth from all social, economic, ethnic, racial, and disabled populations are encouraged to apply

How do I apply?

Complete and mail in the application form:

Check this page April 2014 for YCC opportunities in your area and additional application information.

The purpose of the YCC is to further the development and maintenance of the natural resources of the United States by America's youth, and in so doing to prepare them for the responsibility of maintaining and managing these resources for the American people. Since 1970 the Youth Conservation Corps program has operated as a work-earn-learn program for youth as authorized by Public Law 91-378 of 1970, as amended. The program is run by the Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service.

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