Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps Accepting Applications for Summer Programs

According to a press release from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, applications are now being accepted for the Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps.

Virginia State Parks are seeking qualified candidates to fill Youth Conservation Corps summer residential service opportunities across the state. Two three-week programs will be offered this summer.  Over 200 opportunities are available statewide.

Youth Conservation Corps 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 Youth Conservation Corps crew serving at Virginia State Parks.

Applications for both crew leaders and crew members are being accepted for the following sessions:

Session 1: June 19 – July 9, 2022 (Leaders must arrive June 17)
Session 2: July 17 – Aug. 6, 2022 (Leaders must arrive July 15)

Crew members will gain valuable experience in trade skills and resource management. Ideal applicants for crew member positions are young adults, 14-17 years of age, who have an interest in environmental protection, the physical ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions and the desire to make a difference in the community they serve. Crew members who successfully complete a three-week service program will receive 120 service learning hours and a $500 stipend. Applications for crew member positions are being accepted through March 14.

Crew leaders will supervise a group of 10 Youth Conservation Corps crew members and work directly with park staff to complete a variety of projects. Upon completion of a three-week program, crew leaders will receive an $1,800 stipend and a $350 travel stipend. All crew leaders are required to attend training at Twin Lakes State Park June 13-16.

For continuity of the service programs, crew leaders are encouraged to apply for both three-week sessions. Eligible crew leaders will be entering their junior year of college or equivalent. Applications for crew leaders are being accepted until filled.

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