Saguaro National Park Offers Summer Youth Employment Opportunity for Teens 15 through 18

Saguaro National Park is offering a summer Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program to youth, ages 15-18. YCC is an 8 week youth employment program for boys and girls consisting of three main components: conservation work, environmental education and outdoor recreation.

The 2017 Saguaro YCC program is scheduled to run from May 30th through July 21st.

Applications are due on April 30, 2017.

YCC enrollees will have the opportunity to work on a variety of conservation projects in Saguaro National Park and the surrounding region, including trail work, environmental restoration work, campground maintenance and resource management. A normal work week consists of five eight-hour work days. Most weeks enrollees will arrive at Saguaro National Park Monday morning and return home Friday evening for the weekend. During the week, YCC enrollees will be camped out near their work site which may be quite remote.

Enrollees will be paid minimum wage for 40 hours of work each week.

In addition to work, enrollees will engage in daily environmental education lessons that will teach them about the local ecology of Southern Arizona and larger environmental issues. Enrollees will also participate in various recreational outings including day hikes, backpacking trips, field trips and more! YCC is not just a work program, it's a chance to learn, play and grow in the natural world.


To be eligible, youth must:

  • Be between 15 and 18 years old at the start of the program.
  • Have not participated in a YCC program in the past year for more than three months
  • Be able to work the entire 8 weeks.
  • Be able to transport yourself to and from Saguaro National Park each week.
  • Have a willingness and ability to work hard in the outdoors.
  • Relate well with others and have a positive attitude.

In addition, applicants who are permanent residents of the United States, its territories or possessions, are eligible for employment without regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap, religion, or national origin. Youth with a disability who can effectively participate in most YCC activities are eligible. Selected applicants must possess a Social Security Card and have a work permit (if required). Youth must not have a history of serious criminal or other antisocial behavior that might endanger their safety or that of others. Employment is without regard to Civil Service or classification laws, rules, or regulations.

Enrollees will be selected, at random, at the beginning of May. All applicants will be contacted by May 14th.

How to Apply

To apply for the 2017 YCC Program in Saguaro National Park, please complete an application and email it to or send it to Saguaro National Park, 3693 South Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ 85730, attention YCC. Be sure to include “YCC” in the subject line if applying via email.

Applications can be downloaded from:

DEADLINE: Applications for the summer 2017 season must be received by April 30th, 2017.

For more information, please visit or contact (520) 733-5140