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Youth Conservation Corps

Thank you for your interest in our program. Currently all 2019 positions are filled. Be sure to check back Winter 2020 for spots in next year's program!

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

Make Money. Make Friends. Make a Difference.

Serving on a team in the Delaware Conservation Corps will help you grow as a person, develop skills you never knew you had and help turn your summer job into a great outdoor adventure! 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:

  • Practical job work experience
  • Outdoor learning opportunities and experiences
  • Job and/or college preparation

These are environmentally focused, outdoor summer jobs, not a summer camp experience; Corps members should expect to work hard, get dirty, and make a difference.

YCC Corps Members Build:

  • Skills that will last a lifetime
  • Friendships
  • Environmentally-based knowledge and abilities
  • Positive work attitudes and good work habits in a multitude of conditions
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Civic engagement and connections in their local parks and communities
  • An interest in new career paths
  • A stronger connection to the nature around them
  • Skills and values to shape their future and their communities

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 training to learn together and experience outdoor opportunities.

Opportunities include:

  • Go-Ape Zip Line
  • Beach Day
  • Water Quality and Conservation
  • Statewide Career Day
  • Ethic of Service
  • End of Program Celebration