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Learn about yourself. Learn about the environment. Learn how a job can be so much more!
The Delaware State Parks Youth Conservation Corps (DSPYCC) program provides high quality summer jobs and environmental opportunities for young people aged 16-21 (select teams 14-16) for members and 20-26 for leaders. Corps members conduct meaningful environmentally and park focused activities as a means of achieving personal growth. Through your service, you will gain skills, confidence, and see first-hand the benefit your hard work makes in providing a lasting benefit for public lands and communities. The DSPYCC is committed to engaging young people in important conservation and park projects while providing learning that fosters teamwork, self-esteem, social responsibility and respect for the environment.
Core components include:
YCC Corps Members Build:
“It was awesome how I got learn the trails and different parks this week! Also learning about the plants, the environment and some bug types. Which was awesome! I love doing this”!
“My coworkers and I at the Nature Center get along really well and we can easily make jokes with each other while also getting work done”.
“I enjoyed being a part of the YCC program, and will recommend it to anyone who might want to join”.
As a core component of the program, all Corps members will participate in on-going and regular environmental education and awareness programs and training to learn together and experience outdoor opportunities.
These are some of the positions we have available:
Members work as part of a team conducting park projects that impact visitor experience and conservation and trail projects throughout state parks in the team's region. All positions are seasonal positions working 28 hours per week.
The members work as part of the staff at the park in which they’ve been placed, filling vital staffing roles in visitor service and/or grounds maintenance. All positions are seasonal positions working 28 hours per week.
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”!