Youth Conservation Corps


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Delaware State Parks Conservation Corps

Learn about yourself. Learn about the environment. Learn how a job can be so much more!

Ways to Get Involved

There are a number of ways to become part of the DSPYCC 2018 Program! See the teams below. Click on the team name for a brief description. For a full description of each team and positions within them, click the link(s) on the APPLY NOW! Page.

PRK Squad: Park Resource Keepers (2 Teams) – AGES 16-21

TEAM LOCATIONS:

New Castle County – Home Base Brandywine Creek State Park

Sussex County – Home Base Trap Pond or Killens Pond State Park

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 are designed specifically to meet park needs.

PRK Squad members work as part of a team of 5 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. 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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be 16 – 21 years of age
  • Must be able to work flexible hours, including some weekends
  • Ability to perform hard physical outdoor work in various conditions
  • Ability to learn local flora and fauna
  • Ability to work alone with little direct supervision and as a part of a team

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Green Jobs Unit (2 Teams) – AGES 14 -16

TEAM LOCATIONS:

Kent County – Home Base: Killens Pond State Park

Sussex County – Home Base: Trap Pond or Cape Henlopen State Park

An introductory field-team opportunity that allows participants to get a feel for various environmental projects and career opportunities. Green Jobs members receive introductory experience in environmental stewardship, and opportunities to work with various community partners to learn what it takes to be in an environmental career. Members will spend 50% of their time in project work, and the other 50% of their time in education and awareness. 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 some hours outdoors in all weather, and to lead by example.

Green Jobs members work as part of a team of 5 under the supervision of a Team Leader, working with and learning from professionals in the field within the State Parks and community partners within the team’s region. Transportation from base site to work area will be provided. Work shirts, protective equipment and tools will be provided.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be 16 – 21 years of age
  • Must be able to work flexible hours
  • Ability to perform hard physical outdoor work in various conditions
  • Ability to learn local flora and fauna
  • Ability to work alone with little direct supervision and as a part of a team

TO APPLY

Maintenance and Visitor Service Unit – AGES 16-21

TEAM LOCATIONS:

VARIED – Positions available in parks in all three counties

Parks require a variety of skills to make them special places- not just outdoor green skills- but also business, customer service, and recreational skills. The Maintenance and Visitor Service (MAVS) unit is a park-based summer employment opportunity that allows participants to meet a variety of needs in parks while learning new skills. MAVS serve in a specific Park in specific assignments to help ensure safe, accessible recreation and education opportunities for park visitors. Corps members receive training for their assignment which may include business skills, park recreation activities, trail maintenance, environmental stewardship and conservation and will apply these practices in daily dealing with park visitors and staff. 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, and to lead by example.

MAVS assignments are developed with each of the participating Delaware State Parks.

How Will I Serve?

Focused on park needs, Corps members work in a specific park conducting work under the supervision of the park professional staff. Work will be focused on providing services to help ensure safe, accessible opportunities for visitors in either Visitor Services or Grounds/Environmental Stewardship positions.

Visitor Services Job assignments include customer service work in a Park Boat Houses, Offices, Camp ground retail outlets, Fee Booths, or other park service areas.

Grounds / Environmental Stewardship Positions may include physical work assisting on the Park grounds crew or as a member of the park environmental stewardship team, or help conduct other park specific tasks.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be 16 – 21 years of age
  • Must be able to work flexible hours, including some weekends
  • Ability to perform hard physical outdoor work in various conditions
  • Ability to learn local flora and fauna
  • Ability to work alone with little direct supervision and as a part of a team

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Team Leaders – AGES 20-26

LOCATIONS:

PRK Team North, PRK Team South, Green Jobs Kent, Green Jobs Sussex

Every team needs a dedicated, positive, dependable leader. Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Team Leaders lead a team of YCC members conducting conservation and trail projects throughout state parks within the team’s region. Leaders will coordinate activities with YCC Program Manager and work alongside professional staff of Conservation Technicians, Field Biologists and Environmental Stewardship team members. Each leader will be responsible for on-site coordination of field projects, transporting their team to various worksites, motivating team members, and taking advantage of “teachable moments”! Those selected will complete a two week training with Delaware State Parks’ professional staff including First Aid/CPR, Worksite Hazards and Safety, Becoming an Effective Leader, Positive Behavior Management, and Field Training in invasive species identification and removal.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be 20 – 26 years of age
  • Must be able to attend team leader training beginning June 11, 2018
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record required
  • Must be able to work flexible hours, including some weekends
  • Ability to perform hard physical outdoor work in various conditions
  • Independent and responsible leader, able to lead and motivate others
  • Ability to learn local flora and fauna
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to learn and apply program rules, regulations, policies and procedures

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INTERNSHIPS – Youth Involvement Intern -- AGES 17+

LOCATIONS:

1 New Castle Region, 1 Kent region, 1 Sussex Region

Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Internship is a leadership position delivering core environmental education curriculum to all YCC members. This position is one of three, statewide, and will travel to different sites within the designated region to deliver weekly environmental education and awareness presentations and activities. This position will require implementation of a curriculum, design of weekly educational programs, and weekly reporting of outcomes. Interns will coordinate educational programs and presentations with YCC Program Manager and work alongside the other YCC team leaders to ensure a comprehensive educational experience for all members. This position will travel to deliver education programs to YCC members weekly and will be asked to assist in transportation of members to and from education days. Time not spent in the delivery of education programs will be spent planning, coordinating, and preparing for the next week's program. In addition, the person in the position will visit MAVS unit members within their region, take regular photos, and assist in any program related work and activities as need. Regular reporting of outcomes and regular communication and coordination with YCC Program Manager required.


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