Youth Conservation Corps


Park Resource Keepers

A field-based opportunity that allows participants to meet conservation needs while learning new skills and building on their existing skill sets. Park Resource Keepers (PRK) members receive exposure to a variety of resource management careers and practices, and will apply these practices in caring for our natural spaces. Applicants need to be ready to put others’ interests before their own, learn and support their peers’ learning, participate as a positive team member, work hard while serving long hours outdoors in all weather, and to lead by example. While this will be a challenging experience, the rewards are great! You will serve in some of Delaware’s most treasured areas, become proficient in conservation practices, learn and practice your leadership skills, and work in a high-performing team of peers.
PRK projects are developed in partnership with the parks and local non-profit organizations and are designed specifically to meet park needs. Team building activities such as zip lining, and educational/service opportunities are built into the program to provide Corps members with a well-rounded experience.

** This is a summer job; the participants will work hard, sometimes in difficult conditions including rain, mud, hot sun, mosquitoes and flies.

PRK Team Leaders

PRK New Castle Team

PRK Kent or Sussex Teams


How Will I Serve?

Green Corps members work as part of a team under the supervision of a Team Leader, conducting conservation and trail projects throughout state parks in the teams region. Transportation from base site to work area will be provided. Boots, work shirts, protective equipment and tools will be provided. Participants will work alongside our professional staff of Conservation Technicians, Field Biologists and Environmental Stewardship team members.

What Will I Do?

• Assists with land management plan to maintain the park’s meadows and shoreline
• Assist with native and invasive plant survey and identification
• Conduct invasive control by mechanical removal and, as possible, chemical application of invasive plants
• Trail Maintenance and possible trail reconstruction/ constructions projects
• Litter cleanup and waterway and shoreline cleanup
• Assist Conservation Technicians with grounds work throughout the park
• Other occasional projects may include:
- Historic building maintenance/ preservation
- Assist other resource management projects (including wildlife management, and environmental education)
- Water quality monitoring
- Special events set up, logistics, station assistance, and tear down
• Other duties as assigned

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

• Must be 16 – 21 years of age
• Must be able to work flexible hours, including some weekends
• Strong work ethic
• Ability to perform hard physical outdoor work in various conditions
• Ability to learn local flora and fauna
• Good communication skills
• Ability to work alone with little direct supervision and as a part of a team
• Appreciation and understanding of natural, cultural, historical resources/ parks and recreation
• Ability to learn and apply program rules, regulations, policies and procedures

Environmental Awareness and Growth

As a core component of the program, all Corps members will participate in on-going and regular environmental education and awareness programs and learnings, including:
• Conservation Practices Training
• Trails Maintenance Techniques Training
• Plant Identification Training
• Environmental on-going training opportunities, and working outside

Members will participate in Corps gatherings, to learn together and experience outdoor opportunities, including:
• Go-Ape Zip Line activity at Lums Pond State Park
• Beach Day at Cape Henlopen State Park
• End of Program Celebration

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