RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia State Parks is seeking qualified candidates to fill the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) summer residential service opportunities statewide. Two three-week programs will be offered this summer.
YCC crews will assist Virginia State Parks staff with a range of operational projects, including trail maintenance, habitat improvement, and campground construction and restoration. Room and board are provided to all YCC crew members serving in Virginia State Parks.
Applications for team leaders and crew members are accepted for each session. Session 1 runs from June 19 to July 9 and leaders must arrive by June 17. Session 2 runs from July 17 to August 6 and leaders are due to arrive on July 15.
Crew members will gain valuable experience in business skills and resource management. Ideal candidates for crew member positions are young adults, ages 14-17, who are interested in environmental protection, the physical ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions, and the desire to make a difference in the community they serve.
Crew members who successfully complete a three-week service program will receive 120 hours of service learning and a $500 stipend. Candidates for crew member positions are accepted until March 14.
Team leaders will oversee a group of 10 YCC team members and work directly with park staff to complete various projects. At the end of a three-week program, team leaders will receive a stipend of $1,800 and a travel allowance of $350. All team leaders are scheduled for training June 13-16 at Twin Lakes State Park.
For continuity of service programs, team leaders are encouraged to apply for both three-week sessions. Eligible Team Leaders must be entering their first year of college or equivalent. Applications for team leaders are accepted until the positions are filled.
Visit www.virginiastateparks.gov/youth-conservation-corps to learn more about the positions and to apply.
Due to COVID-19, Virginia State Parks reserves the right to make changes to YCC programs to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.