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The Youth Conservation Corps in action.

Youth Conservation Corps taking applications

  • Thu Apr 22nd, 2021 1:33pm
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The Youth Conservation Corps provides conservation and stewardship summer programs in the San Juan Islands for youth ages 12-18. The 8-week program will run from the end of June through mid-August 2021, providing an excellent resource for kids and families. We are now accepting applications for youth crew members for 10-person crews on Orcas, Lopez, and San Juan Island.

The YCC is an opportunity for youth to not only spend the summer outdoors learning about local conservation and stewardship efforts, but actually improving wilderness areas across the islands. Youth work closely with trained field guides, conservation professionals, and partner education programs on stewardship/restoration projects, inquiry-based experiential outdoor education, technical field skill building, and professional development. In doing so, YCC members gain job skills, a small cash stipend, and training that can help propel them into their future.

YCC Crew Members are asked to exhibit a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and love for the outdoors. On any given day, crew members may be involved in trail building, forest thinning, endangered species habitat restoration, invasive weed removal, native planting, and learning about the broader impacts and science behind each activity.

The application deadline is May 21. To apply, visit or contact Kelsey Kittleson, YCC Program Coordinator, at