Youth Conservation Corps


Learning new skills, teamwork and leadership, the Youth Conservation Corps fosters conservation stewardship while performing outdoor projects on the refuge and learning about the local environment.

Application Period Closed

  • Who is the YCC?

    Youth Conservation Corps

    Application Period Closed for 2019 YCC Crew Members

    The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a well-balanced work-learn-earn program that develops an understanding and appreciation in participating youth of the nation's environment and heritage.  YCC offers gainful summer employment to youth, for approximately seven weeks, in a healthful outdoor atmosphere.  Enrollees will be paid the minimum wage for a 40-hour work week.  Projects include maintaining Blue Heron Trails public use area, improving wildlife habitat, removing invasive species, watering trees, and cleaning up recreation areas.  YCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and applicants are selected randomly.

    These are full-time summer positions, 40 hours per week at $11.00 per hour.*  Employment may last up to 6 weeks from June 17 - July 26.  Hired applicants will need to be able to provide own transportation.  If selected, you and your parent/guardian will be required to attend a two hour orientation meeting.  Applications due by close of business on May 17, 2019. Positions will be filled by a random drawing; selected applicants will be notified by May 24, 2019. 

    *The 2019 YCC Program and number of positions filled is currently contingent upon funding.

  • How to Apply



    Age Requirements:  Minimum 15 (before or on 1st day of work), maximum 18 (cannot reach 19 during duration of program);

    Must possess Social Security Number (will be required to show card if hired);

    Must possess Work Permit (if required);

    Fill out YCC Application below and return to Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge by mail or in person by May 17, 2019




  • Return Your Application


    Return completed applications by mail or in person (emailed, faxed, or incomplete applications will be rejected) to:

    Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
    Attn:  YCC Application
    1624 Hood Franklin Road
    Elk Grove, CA  95757

    Applications must be received by May 17, 2019