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YCC Second Session, August 2015
YCC Second Session, August 2015

2017 Yellowstone YCC Program Application Period Open

Yellowstone National Park is recruiting for its 2017 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program.

If you’re a young man or woman between the ages of 15 and 18, or you know a young man or woman between the ages of 15 and 18, consider signing up! The application is available here.

According to a Yellowstone press release, applications must be received no later than March 1, 2017. The program will run for two month-long sessions: June 11 to July 12 and July 16 to August 16. Officials are seeking 60 individuals. From the press release:

YCC is designed to develop an appreciation for the nation’s natural resources and heritage through unique educational, recreational, and work experiences. Yellowstone recruits youth from all social, economic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds for the program. Corps members work together with National Park Service staff to complete conservation projects such as rehabilitation of trails, campground restoration, and a wide variety of resource management, visitor support services, and maintenance projects.

Participants and staff develop their job and leadership skills while further exploring personal values, gaining self-esteem, expanding their awareness of work ethics, and learning firsthand about environmental and conservation issues. Corps members will also participate in evening and weekend recreational activities and discover the many options for careers in the National Park Service and other land management agencies.

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No previous wilderness experience is required, but a willingness and ability to work in a physically active outdoor program, getting along well with others, and maintaining a positive attitude are essential for success.

Participants will be required to live on location, and room and board will be provided at a minimal cost. Wages will be set at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Applicants must be citizens of the United States and be 15 years of age by June 11, but not over 18 years of age by August 16.

Yellowstone’s YCC Program is funded through park entrance fees and Yellowstone Forever.

If you have any further questions, you can email the YCC Office.

About Sean Reichard

Sean Reichard is the editor of Yellowstone Insider and author of Yellowstone Insider For Families 2017.

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