Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)

 The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island hires high school students for its annual Youth Conservation Corps summer program. We hire three students to assist with either biological, public use, or administrative work.


The YCC program targets young men and women, ages 15 through 18, to provide them valuable work-earn-learn experience. The 8-week program runs from June 15 through August 07, 2015. 

Duties for the biology position will include landscape and trail maintenance, removal of non-native plants, and assisting with wildlife surveys. The public use duties will include assisting with environmental education lesson plans and tours, greeting visitors and working in the visitor center. Duties for the clerical position will include maintaining files, answering phones, and entering data. All three students will participate in educational field trips to local environmental venues. Please indicate which position you are interested in on your application by circling the position at the bottom of the form. No prior work experience is required. 

Reliable transportation is required. Compensation: $8.00 per hour. Work hours: 7:30AM – 4:00PM Lunch: 30 minute lunch break (Bring your own lunch. Refrigerator and microwave available). 

Applications are available from local high school guidance counselors, at the refuge administrative office and in the link down below. Interested young adults should call Ivette Gonzalez at 239-472-1100 extension 226. Applications submitted by mail must be postmarked by the deadline or may be submitted by email to Ivette_gonzalez@fws.gov.

Required participation for the YCC Program: June 15th – August 7th, 2015. It is strongly recommended that any summer camps and family vacations be scheduled outside this 8 week time frame.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS EXTENDED: 4:00 pm MONDAY, April 30, 2015LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. 

Click here for a YCC Application