Youth Conservation Corps Program
Mountain-Prairie Region


Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Program


Welcome to the Region 6 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) web site.  The information and forms provided here will help field station personnel and the public better understand the program. 

This is a summer employment program, established by Public Law 93-408, for young men and women between the ages of 15 through 18.  The program is administered by the Department of Interior (DOI), Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, National Park Service (NPS), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). 

Enrollment periods typically last for eight weeks, depending upon the regional academic calendars, and the enrollees normally work a 40-hour week.  Projects may include trail building, improving wildlife habitat, posting boundary signs, invasive plant control, bird banding, simple construction, office work and general maintenance activities as needed.

Applicants are selected through a random process.  No prior experience is necessary to apply.  Enrollees must have parental or guardian consent to enroll in the program.  Applications must be submitted annually to a hosting field station by April 15th.
The purpose of the YCC program is to:

  • Accomplish needed conservation work on public lands.
  • Provide meaningful employment for youth of all social, economic, ethnic and racial backgrounds.
  • To provide youth an opportunity to comprehend and appreciate the natural environment and our precious resources.

For additional information about the Region 6 USFWS Youth Conservation Corps Program, contact the YCC Coordinator in the Denver Regional Office at the number below:

Betsy Matten
(303) 236-4307 United States Youth Conservation Corps Logo  

Last updated: November 11, 2012