Tamarac Youth Conservation Corp Program

YCC Crew

 Do you have a love for the outdoors? Are you interested in exploring a career in conservation and wildlife management? Then the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is for you!

You'll have an amazing experience as a YCC student at Tamarac Refuge!

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Duties: YCC Students will enjoy a variety of experiences while working at Tamarac Refuge. Selected students may assist with wildlife surveys and waterfowl banding, participate in trail maintenance, perform invasive plant control, participate in native plant seed collection, complete general facilities maintenance, conduct water quality sampling and assist with other biological duties. 

Benefits: Broad exposure to a variety of assignments. Work with a diversity of federal, state, and local employees. Students may assist on projects with staff from Hamden Slough and Rydell Refuges, Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District, MN Department of Natural Resources and Pelican River Watershed District. This summer position starts in June continues through July. The starting level pay is approximately $7.25/hr. Crew members are required to have federal salary payment made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

Employment Conditions: This is a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Youth Conservation Corp position. Successful applicants will be part of a 3 person crew. To qualify candidates must be a U.S. citizen between the ages of 15 and 18 and a student in good academic standing (a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher). Participants will be required to furnish their own transportation to and from Tamarac Refuge office on daily basis; however, transportation will be provided for official duties once on site. Students will do hard physical work and may be exposed to insects, poison ivy, adverse weather and difficult working conditions. 

Qualifications: Anyone interested in applying should be able to work independently and in small groups, work well with a diversity of individuals, enjoy working outdoors and possess a willingness to undertake new experiences. An interest in wildlife management, science education, or a related field is desirable.

To Apply:
Fillable YCC Application (Do not fill in your Social Security Number simply write yes if you have one and no if you do not have one. You will need a Social Security Number to participate in YCC.) Applications must be received at the refuge by 4:00pm April 25 annually. Drop off or mail application to the refuge.

Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
ATTN: YCC Coordinator
35704 County Hwy 26
Rochert, MN 56578

For more information please contact the Tamarac office at 218/847-2641 or tamarac@fws.gov 

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