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Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)

Yellowstone Recruits for 2019 YCC Program

Yellowstone is offering its Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program for the 30th consecutive summer in 2019—a month-long residential program for young people between the ages of 15 and 18 years of age. They must be a US citizen or permanent resident of the United States, its territories, or its possessions. They also must provide a valid US Social Security number. Completed application materials must be received by March 1, 2019.

The YCC experience allows 62 teen enrollees and staff the opportunity to learn, work, and recreate in Yellowstone National Park. The program is challenging, educational, and fun, and offers participants opportunities to expand their horizons while building skills that will benefit them for a lifetime. No previous wilderness experience is required, but a willingness and ability to work in a physically active outdoor program, get along well with others, and maintain a positive attitude are essential for success.

Teen enrollees will be selected from across the country to participate in this summer program. Enrollees will work 40 hours a week and receive the federal minimum wage ($7.25/hour) with daily deductions for room, board, and laundry facilities (about $10 a day). Healthy food options will be provided by the YCC Cook or prepared by staff and youth while camping. While this diet might be different than what you are used to, the goal is to provide highly nutritious, healthy meals to sustain youth during a work program. YCC participants will work in a variety of weather and terrain conditions while completing projects which may include: fence and bench building; trail construction and/or maintenance; installing "bear boxes;" general maintenance work; painting/staining; exotic plant control; and working with the visiting public.

Some projects will take place in remote backcountry locations within Yellowstone, requiring work crews to camp out for up to five days. When crews are based in the front country, they will either camp or stay at the YCC facility near Mammoth Hot Springs which provides dormitory facilities and a large dining hall for meals and meetings.

Enrollees will also spend time participating in resource education, recreation, and NPS and other agency career orientation activities. Many of these activities are scheduled in the evenings and on weekends. Activities may include: hiking, rafting, fishing, ranger-led programs, guest speakers, enrollee and staff presentations, assisting field rangers and/or scientists, and trips throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Yellowstone will offer two, month-long YCC sessions, June 9 to July 10, and July 14 to August 14. Sixty two (62) youth will be selected from across the country to participate in the program.

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 with daily deductions for room, board, and laundry facilities (about $10 a day). Applicants must be citizens of the United States and be 15 years of age by June 9, but not over 18 years of age by August 14.

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Questions may be directed to the park's YCC Program Manager by calling: 307-344-2991. Completed application materials must be received no later than March 01, 2019.

The Yellowstone YCC Program is supported by the Yellowstone Park Foundation and park entrance fees.

For further information and/or an application, please contact the YCC Program Manager by calling:

307-344-2449 or writing to:

YCC Program Office
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190-0168

YCC Program Manager's Email Address

Or visiting this Application Link (Adobe pdf form). Completed applications must be sent to the address noted above by March 1st, 2019.

Completed Applications may be emailed to: or faxed to: 307-344-2252. Attn: YCC.

Yellowstone YCC Curriculum: Link.

Click on this link for more information: Yellowstone YCC Program.

Enrollee selections will be made using a random method, and applicants notified of their status by March 31, 2019.

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