Opportunities for High School Students
The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a summer work program designed for youth between the ages of 15 and 18 years old. Under the direction of a trained leader, youth work in summer crews on essential management issues, such as invasive species removal, trail maintenance and habitat restoration. YCC is for youth who are interested in gainful summer employment in the outdoors.
The Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) is for students seeking professional experience working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. From the regional office to the most remote field stations, STEP interns work in a variety of different environments. This is a great resume-building opportunity for students who seek to learn what it is like to work for an environmental agency. Students in this program are eligible for annual (vacation), holiday, and sick leave.
The Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) is the next step in pursuing a career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Students who have demonstrated exceptional interest and performance in previous appointments are eligible for the SCEP program. SCEP students are interested in pursuing careers with the Service. They are eligible for health insurance, life insurance, retirement, and leave accrual on the same basis as permanent employees with comparable work schedules.