YCC Internship (PO-00734782)

The YCC Intern will be responsible for coordinating the Youth Conservation Corps crew at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge with assistance from FWS staff. Youth Conservation Corps is a summer employment program for local young men and women (ages 15-18) who work, earn and learn together doing outdoor conservation projects. 

YCC Intern Dates: 6/5/23 – 8/25/23 (Dates are slightly flexible)
YCC Member Dates: 6/19/23 – 8/14/23 (tentative)

Project Duties:

  • Coordinating the station's Youth Conservation Corps Program
  • Planning and implementing projects for the YCC enrollees
  • Providing technical guidance and direction in all phases of each field project to the YCC enrollees
  • Independently providing sufficient amount of detail to accomplish projects safely and efficiently
  • Operating a federally-owned or leased vehicle in order to transport enrollees and equipment

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

  • Knowledge of practical methods and techniques of counseling such as that acquired through experience gained as a monitor, leader, supervisor, or instructor of groups, especially youth groups, in order to guide and assist enrollees.
  • Ability to work with, and instruct enrollees, on the proper use of simple hand tools such as garden rake, shovel, axe, hammer, wire brush, etc., to work on field projects.
  • Ability to apply a practical understanding of the methods and techniques of conservation in order to lead enrollees in work activities or field projects
  • Skill in communicating with youth groups in order to convey natural resource conservation goals and provide an educational experience to youths who may not have had experience with natural resource environments.

Project Work: 

  • Boundary signs/posting along main roads
  • Butterfly Garden maintenance
  • Painting
  • Cleaning of interpretive panels and kiosks.
  • Installing trail markers
  • Trail Maintenance
  • Organize educational programs and field trips
  • Replace and/or install split rail fence.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Members will work M-F during business  hours. Intern will have evenings and weekends off. 


  • Weekly living allowance: $600 / week (pre-tax)
  • Housing provided on site
  • One-time travel allowance: $1,100 (personal vehicle required) (pre-tax)
  • Eligible for an AmeriCorps education award

*For SCA's COVID-19 guidance, please refer to www.thesca.org/covid  

Position ID: PO-00734782

Expected Dates: May 29, 2023 - August 18, 2023

2145 Key Wallace Drive
Cambridge, MD 21613

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member

Living quarters is located in a bunkhouse on the refuge

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association