Opportunities for Youth
Northeast Region
Opportunities for High School Students
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High School and College students are the best future we have to ensure environmental conservation is a priority for the American public. We offer many opportunities for students within the Service including internships, seasonal employment, volunteering and educational programs. Working with young people is critical to accomplishing our mission in wildlife conservation. Together we can learn from each other and move forward to develop the best and most effective strategies to save natural resources.

Youth Conservation Corps

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.
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The Pathways Program provides students in high schools, colleges, trade schools and other qualifying educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while completing their education.
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Imagine banding birds at a national wildlife refuge, raising fish at a national fish hatchery, conducting wildlife surveys, leading a tour, or restoring fragile habitat. Volunteer opportunities may be found at more than 500 refuges and hatcheries throughout the United States. The best way to begin is to visit the web site of a particular refuge or hatchery – and then visit the actual location.
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Last updated: April 3, 2017