The Youth Conservation Program (YCP) is more than a summer job; it’s an action-packed educational opportunity that accomplishes much needed work in one of America’s most popular landscapes while helping participants develop a personal conservation ethic.

Young adults work, earn, and learn in this highly successful ten week program each June to August in Grand Teton National Park. These 16 to 19-year-olds work on trails to improve access and protect fragile habitat, preserve historic sites, and learn about park history, fire, rescues, and more — hiking miles of park trails in the process.

YCP began in 2006 and is a teen education, stewardship, and employment opportunity that provides much-needed repairs and improvements on heavily used park trails and historic sites.

Are you or someone you know interested in applying to YCP? Click the button below to apply today!

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NPS Academy Alum Cameran Bahnsen Returns to Grand Teton for New Role as Tribal Community Engagement Fellow

Cameran stands with Grand Teton National Park wearing red shawls to bring awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous Peoples. In 2019, Cameran Bahnsen was living in Los Angeles and leading field trips for Title 1 schools into the Santa Monica Mountains. ...

2024 Youth Conservation Program is Hiring!

Are you or someone you know passionate about the outdoors and between the ages of 16 and 19? Do you want to spend your summer working in the great outdoors? Then you're in luck because the 2024 Youth Conservation Program ...

From YCP to NPS – Isaac Reflects on His Experience With the Youth Conservation Program

Isaac takes a selfie at Leigh Lake on his first season at Grand Teton National Park. Youth Conservation Program (YCP) was launched in partnership with Grand Teton National Park in 2006 to steward the next generation of conservation leaders-aligning with ...
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