CASPER, Wyo. — Yellowstone National Park has announced that they are currently recruiting for the 2020 Youth Conservation Corps, otherwise known as “YCC,” a residential work-based education program for young people between the ages of 15 and 18.
The two, month-long, YCC sessions will be offered June 7 – July 8 and July 12 – August 12.
Park officials say that 60 youth will be randomly selected from across the country to participate in the program.
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“Applicants must be citizens of the United States and 15 years of age by June 7, but not over 18 years of age by August 12,” a park statement said Thursday. “Yellowstone recruits youth from all social, economic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds for the program.”
The statement goes on to say that no previous wilderness experience is required. “Applicants should possess a positive attitude, a willingness and ability to work in a physically active outdoor program, and get along well with others.”
Participants will be required to live in the park. Room and board will be provided at a minimal cost. Wages will be set at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
“YCC is designed to develop an appreciation for the nation’s natural resources and heritage through unique educational, recreational, and work experiences,” officials say. “Corps members work together with National Park Service (NPS) staff to complete conservation projects such as trail rehabilitation, campground restoration, and a wide variety of resource management, visitor support services, and maintenance projects.”
The Yellowstone YCC Program is funded by park entrance fees and generous donations to Yellowstone Forever, the park’s official nonprofit partner.
Completed application materials must be received by March 1, 2020.
Questions may be directed to Yell_YCC_Office@nps.gov.