Youth Conservation Corps YCC

Typically, job or intern opportunities at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge are seasonally available on a short term basis. Check below for details on any upcoming internships or job openings at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge. To view a full listing of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service job opportunities throughout the country, visit View volunteer opportunities here.

Youth Conservation Corps Summer Jobs Available 

Are you between the ages 15 to 18? Do you have a love for the outdoors? Looking for a summer job? Interested in exploring a career in wildlife management? Come join our team! 

Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge will sponsor a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) employment program for the summer of 2018.

What is the Youth Conservation Corps?

The United States Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a summer youth employment program that engages young people in valuable hands-on work experiences to help develop and maintain the natural resources of the United States on national wildlife refuges, national parks, national forests, and fish hatcheries.

Who is eligible?

For young men and women, 15 through 18 years of age (cannot reach 19 before July 27), who are permanent residents of the United States. The eight-week educational work program is scheduled from June 4 to July 27, 2018. Enrollee’s pay will be Missouri’s minimum wage rate which is presently $7.70 per hour. Work will consist of 40 hours a week, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Selected applicants will need to have their own bank account before reporting to work and show their Social Security card. Applicants can call the refuge office at 660-442-3187 if you have more questions.

What will I do?

YCC members will learn about the different jobs in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the conservation of natural resources. Projects include but are not limited to:


Trail Maintenance

Building and Grounds Maintenance

Invasive Species Control

Biological Surveys

Environmental Education

Participants will do hard physical work outdoors and may be exposed to insects, poison ivy, adverse weather, and difficult working conditions, but it is an overall rewarding experience!

How do I apply?

Applications are available at the Loess Bluffs NWR office located at 25542 Hwy 159, Forest City, MO, or here. Applications must be received or postmarked no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2018 at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge. Four applicants will be selected for employment in a random drawing held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at refuge headquarters and all applicants will be notified by mail after selections. 

Mailing Address for Completed Applications:

Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge

ATTN: Lindsey Landowski

P.O. Box 158

Mound City. MO 64470


2018 YCC Flyer  

2018 YCC Application