Just For Kids

Just for Kids Hdr 512W YCCers Trail Planning

Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge has partnered with the Youth Conservation Corps to provide summer jobs to local high school students from Georgetown and Horry counties.

Youth Conservation Corps:
The U.S. Department of the Interior is engaging young people across country in conservation and energy efficiency projects on America’s public lands, to inspire and provide career pathways in natural resource occupations and related sciences, and to become better educated about the nation’s ecosystems.

Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a summer youth work program the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service promote to employ teenaged males and females from all segments of society to work, learn and earn together by completing public land projects. YCC has introduced young Americans to conservation opportunities in public lands since the 1970 program creation. Some current employees working in land management agencies were introduced to their profession through the YCC !

As declared in the YCC handbook:
The stated purpose of the YCC is to further the development and maintenance of the natural resources of the United States by America's youth and, in so doing, to prepare them for the ultimate responsibility of maintaining and managing these resources for the American people.

There are three equally important objectives as reflected in the law:

  1. Accomplish needed conservation work on public lands.
  2. Provide gainful employment for young males and females from all social, economic, ethnic, and racial classifications.
  3. Develop an understanding and appreciation in the participating youth of the Nation's natural environment and heritage.

These objectives are accomplished in a manner that provides the youth with an opportunity to acquire increased self-discipline. They learn work ethics, how to relate to peers and supervisors, and how to build lasting cultural bridges with youth from other backgrounds.

The YCC enrollees and youth work leaders at Waccamaw Wildlife Refuge strive to protect and conserve natural, cultural and historical resources on Refuge lands.


Just for Kids YCCers Boardwalk Rebuild 350W

Benefits of being involved in YCC:

  • Working outdoors with other young people on crews, supervised by a trained crew leader.
  • Gaining valuable professional experience working for U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service lands come rain or shine.
  • Expanding the understanding and appreciation of ecosystems and community.
  • Receiving training in tool use, safe work habits, teamwork and more.
  • Recognizing how conservation projects benefit the environment, and learning of the cultural and historical significance behind them.
  • Learning work ethic and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Making new friends with youth from diverse backgrounds.


Just for Kids YCCers Installing Fence Posts 350W

Examples of work completed by YCC:
  • Boardwalk Construction, Maintenance and Repair
  • Boundary Marking Signage
  • Environmental Education Program Assistance
  • Fence Construction
  • Habitat Preservation
  • Trail Construction, Maintenance and Repair
  • Visitor Center Support
  • Wildlife Research Assistance

Youth Conservation Corps programs are conducted for 4–12 weeks during the summer. Enrollees are paid established federal minimum wage, and enrollees in states with a minimum wage higher than the federal are paid at the higher rate. Youth from all social, economic, ethnic, racial, and disabled populations are encouraged to apply.

Are you eligible?
Must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident at least 15 years of age by June 1st and not yet 19 years of age by August 30th of that year.

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