Youth Conservation Corps Summer Employment

Photo: Looking out over the Rincon Mountains.

Saguaro National Park is offering a summer Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program to teens, ages 16-18. YCC is an 8-week youth employment program consisting of three main components: conservation work, environmental education and outdoor recreation. The dates for the season are June 7, 2021 through July 30, 2021.

They will be selecting 10 crew members and 2 Youth Crew Leaders.

YCC enrollees will have the opportunity to work on a variety of conservation projects in Saguaro National Park and the surrounding region, including trail work, environmental restoration work, campground maintenance and resource management. Some weeks will be worked in the front country consisting of 5 eight-hour workdays. If working in the backcountry the workweek consists of 10 eight-hour days. Crew members will be going home for the weekends. During the week, YCC enrollees will be camped out near their worksite which may be quite remote.

Enrollees will be paid $12.15 hourly for 40 hours a week.

In addition to work, enrollees will engage in daily environmental education lessons that will teach them about the local ecology of Southern Arizona and larger environmental issues. Enrollees will also participate in various recreational outings including day hikes, backpacking trips, field trips and more! YCC is not just a work program, it’s a chance to learn, play and grow in the natural world.

They will be accepting applications from April 1-April 30th. Selections will be made by May 17.

Please fill out and submit the NPS YCC Application and medical history form to sagu_YCC@nps.gov with “APPLICATION” in the title.

For further questions please email sagu_ycc@nps.gov with “YCC Question” in the subject line.

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