The Youth Conservation Corps is a summer employment program for young
men and women age 15 through 18, from all segments of society, who work,
learn, and earn together by doing projects on public land. Since 1970
the Youth Conservation Corps program has operated as a work-earn-learn
program for youth. as provided for in Public Law 91-378, 1970, as amended.
The program is administered by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife, National
Park Service, and U.S. Department of Agriculture - Forest Service. Currently
there are two National Wildlife Refuges with YCC programs, Kenai National
Wildlife Refuge, Soldotna, Alaska and Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge,
The purpose of the Youth Conservation Corps program 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 ultimate
responsibility of maintaining and managing these resources for the American
Youth are provided an opportunity to increase their self-esteem and learn
self-discipline. They learn work ethics and relate with peers and supervisors,
and build lasting cultural bridges between youth from various social,
economic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds.
- Accomplish needed conservation work on public lands.
- Provide gainful employment for 15 through 18 year old males and
females from all social, economic, ethnic, and racial classifications.
- Develop an understanding and appreciation in participating youth
of the Nation's natural environment and heritage.
Work projects last approximately eight weeks.
Who is eligible?
Applicants must be citizens of the United States and must be 15 years
of age by June 1, and not over 19 years of age by August 30 of that year.
The program is open to 15 through 18 year-old male and females from all
social, economic, ethnic, and racial classifications.
What are the benefits?
Applicants selected are paid the prevailing Federal or State minimum wage
- whichever is higher. Youth develop an appreciation of the nation's natural
environment and heritage from their environmental and work experience.
Last updated: August 27, 2008
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