Youth Conservation Corps

YCC Crew 2017


Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge will once again be offering high school students a job opportunity this summer in the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program.

The Youth Conservation Corps is an eight-week work experience that offers high school students a chance to develop an understanding and appreciation of the environment.  YCC enrollees will be paid minimum wage and work 40 hours per week.  Projects include building and maintaining hiking trails, improving wildlife habitat, assisting with research projects, and maintenance work such as the cleaning of facilities and large farm equipment.  Participants will do hard physical work and could be exposed to insects, poison ivy, adverse weather, and difficult working conditions.  Almost all the work will be performed outdoors.  Recruits will be provided with all necessary safety and work equipment, and will be under constant supervision of the adult YCC Leader and other refuge staff. Recruits need to be able to provide their own daily transportation to and from work.

Young women and men, 15 through 18 years of age, interested in the outdoors and a possible career in wildlife biology, fire fighting, resource management, or heavy equipment operation are encouraged to apply.  Employment will run for eight consecutive weeks from June 18 to August 10, 2018. Links to the YCC application and information letter are below. Applications must be returned to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge by May 1, 2018 to be considered for the four (4) available YCC positions.

READ THIS FIRST:  YCC 2018 Information Page

YCC Application