Saguaro National Park offers summer youth employment opportunity - Tucson News Now

Saguaro National Park offers summer youth employment opportunity

YCC participants working on a project. YCC participants working on a project.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Teens that are looking for a summer job and love to work outdoors, Saguaro National Park has just the opportunity for you.  

The Youth Conservation Corps program is open to teenagers from 15 to 18 to work in the eight week program that has three main components - conservation work, environmental education, and outdoor recreation.  

Applications for the 2017 program, which will run from May 30 to July 21, are due by April 30.  

Participants that are chosen will have the opportunity to work on several different conservation projects in SNP and the surrounding region, including trail work, environmental restoration work, campground maintenance, and resource management.  

The work week consists of five 8-hour days, most weeks participants will arrive at SNP Monday morning and will return home on Friday night for the weekend.  During the week participants will be camping near their work site, which may be quite remote. They will be paid minimum wage for 40 hours of work each week. 

In addition to the work, program participants will have daily lessons on the environment, which will teach them about Southern Arizona ecology and the larger environmental issues.  There will also be day hikes, backpacking trips, field trips, and much more.  

To be eligible, youth must:

  • Be between 15 and 18 years old at the start of the program (it is open to both boys and girls).
  • Have not participated in a YCC program in the past year for more than three months
  • Be able to work the entire 8 weeks.
  • Be able to transport yourself to and from Saguaro National Park each week.
  • Have a willingness and ability to work hard in the outdoors.
  • Relate well with others and have a positive attitude.

In addition, applicants who are permanent residents of the United States, its territories or possessions, are eligible for employment without regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap, religion, or national origin. Youth with a disability who can effectively participate in most YCC activities are eligible. Selected applicants must possess a Social Security Card and have a work permit (if required). Youth must not have a history of serious criminal or other antisocial behavior that might endanger their safety or that of others. Employment is without regard to Civil Service or classification laws, rules, or regulations.

YCC participants will be selected, at random, at the beginning of May, and will be notified by May 14.  

How to Apply

To apply for the 2017 YCC Program in Saguaro National Park, please complete an application and email it to Jeremy_Curtis@nps.gov or send it to Saguaro National Park, 3693 South Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ 85730, attention YCC.   Be sure to include “YCC” in the subject line if applying via email.

Applications can be downloaded from: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/youthprograms/upload/YCC-Application-Fillable-Form-5-1.pdf

For more information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/sagu/getinvolved/ycc.htm or contact Jeremy_Curtis@nps.gov (520) 733-5140

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