2020 Youth Conservation Corps Positions Available at Lava Beds National Monument

Tulelake, CA Lava Beds National Monument is pleased to announce that applications for this summer’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program are being accepted for crew members for 2020. The YCC is a summer employment program for young men and women, ages 15 through 18, who work and learn together by participating in conservation projects on public lands. The program is expected to begin on Monday, June 15th, and will run for eight weeks until Friday, August 7th, dependent upon available funding.

Applicants must be in very good physical condition. This work can be fun, even adventurous, but it can also be strenuous and is performed in hot, rugged, dirty environments. If regular exercise is not already part of an applicant’s lifestyle, they are strongly discouraged from applying. Planned work projects include trail maintenance, exotic weed control, native plant care, landscape restoration, walkway and trail maintenance, and cave restoration. Environmental education is incorporated into the YCC program, highlighting the variety of conservation work performed in National Park Service sites, introduce participants to the natural and cultural history of the local area, and may involve field trips to surrounding sites.

Between 8 and 10 YCC staff will be selected during a random drawing of applications on or before May 8th, 2020. Initial preference will be given to local applicants from the nearby communities of Tulelake, CA, Newell, CA, Tionesta, CA, Merrill, OR, and Malin, OR. Previous enrollees in good standing can be considered for non – competitive Crew Leader positions and should submit an application with “CREW LEADER” written on top. All participants must bring a lunch and be able to provide their own daily transportation to and from the monument, be a US citizen, and have access to an existing bank account to receive direct deposit paychecks at time of application. No housing is available, and carpooling is encouraged. The work schedule is 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except on federal holidays. Pay is $13.00 per hour (California minimum wage).

Applications for the YCC program must be mailed to Lava Beds National Monument, Attn: Lava Beds YCC Program, P.O. Box 1240, Tulelake, CA 96134, and post marked no later than May 1, 2020. For more information about the program and to download applications, please visit the website at: http://www.nps.gov/labe/getinvolved/supportyourpark/ycc.htm. Interested applicants may also call David Hays at (530) 667-8103.