2018 YCC Summer Youth Employment

2014 YCC team

The Youth Conservation Corps is a federally funded work-learn-earn program aimed at developing an appreciation and understanding of the Nation’s environmental and natural heritage. The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is now accepting applications for Summer 2018.



The program is eight weeks long, from June 25 through August 16, 2018. The team will work 32 hours per week (Monday through Thursday, 7:30am- 4:00pm). 

The hourly wage is $10.00 for the youth team members. Team member applicants must be between 15 and 18 years old (must be 15 by June 25, and have not reached their 19th birthday by August 16, 2018).  

Additional hires include a team leader and an assistant leader.  The team leader must have completed two years of college, have a current drivers license, and pass a background check.  The team leader's pay is $18.50 per hour.  The assistant team leader must be 19 years of age, have a current drivers license, and pass a background check.  Prior experience with the YCC program is usefully, but not necessary. 

Work projects include landscaping, trail clearing and building, trail sign installation and maintenance, fence and gate maintenance. Special environmental awareness activities are incorporated into the work schedule.  

A strong interest in the outdoors and natural resources management is recommended. Participants are expected to be able to participate in physical work during periods of adverse weather conditions. They will be exposed to heat, humidity, insects, poison oak and ivy, and a variety of wildlife.

Participants are expected to be available for work for the entire program. They must provide their own transportation to and from work. Public transportation is not available.

For additional information about the refuge and the YCC program, call (757) 986-3705. The office is open Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm.



Download attached application, complete, and mail to or bring by the refuge office.

2018 Summer YCC application


YCC Coordinator
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
3100 Desert Road
Suffolk, VA 23434