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Youth Conservation Corps Program

What is it?

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 on Forest Service lands in different natural environments full-time time in the summer, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, for about 8 weeks in all types of weather
  • Serve alongside other young people on crews, supervised by a trained crew leader
  • Receive training in tool use, safe work habits, teamwork, and more
  • Learn about 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:

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Last modified September 20, 2013

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