Virginia State Parks’ Youth Conservation Corps now accepting applications for crew members

YCC crew hard at work fortifying a trail at New River Trail State Park.

~ Press release issued by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

RICHMOND — Virginia State Parks are currently recruiting qualified candidates for the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program for 2024. Eligible applicants must be 14-17 years of age and going into at least their first year of high school.  

YCC crews will assist Virginia State Parks staff with a range of operational projects including, but not limited to, trail maintenance, habitat improvement, and campground construction and restoration. Room and board is provided to all YCC crew serving at Virginia State Parks.

“Participants will find this program to be both challenging and rewarding,” said Youth Engagement Coordinator Scarlett Stevens. “This program is not a summer camp. No prior outdoor work experience is required, but participants should expect to spend their weekdays working hard in the heat, and weekends exploring the natural beauty of Virginia.”  

Crew members will live and work in one of 42 Virginia State Parks for a two-week session while completing trail maintenance, basic construction and park beautification projects led by adult crew leaders and park staff. Applications for crew members are being accepted for the following sessions:

Session 1: June 16 – 29, 2024
Session 2: July 7–20, 2024

Room and board are provided, and crew members will receive a $750 stipend at the end of the two-week session. Applications must be filled out by the youth, rather than another family member or guardian.  

Applications will be accepted through March 15. 

For more details on how to apply for the program visit,  



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