Forest Service Recruits Youth for Summer Jobs

forest serviceThe US Forest Service office in Gainesville, in conjunction with the Greening Youth Foundation (GYF), is recruiting young people ages 15-19 for a summer Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) crew.

YCC provides meaningful employment, job skills and educational opportunities through outdoor projects focused on managing natural and cultural resources on the national forest.

Applications and resumes will be accepted until May 3, 2013.

YCC is a summer employment program for youth from all segments of society who work, learn and earn together by doing projects on public land.   Youth are provided an opportunity to increase their self-esteem and learn self-discipline.  They learn work ethic and build lasting cultural bridges with other youth.

YCC is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Forest Service, and the U. S. Department of Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service.

GYF is a non-profit organization based in Atlanta that specializes in engaging diverse populations in green jobs and public land management with a mission to nurture enthusiastic and responsible environmental stewardship and healthy lifestyle choices among underserved disconnected children, youth and young adults.

Youth selected for the four-person crew and crew leader positions will learn how to reduce, plan for, and mitigate impacts to natural resources through trail maintenance and dispersed recreation management projects.

Crew members will work June 3, 2013 through August 2, 2013, from the Blue Ridge Ranger District office in Blairsville and the Chattooga River Ranger District office in Lakemont, GA.

The program is open to all 15 through 19 year-olds who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States.  Applicants must be 15 years of age by the program start date and not over 19 years of age by program end.

Those interested can find application forms and instructions at, or pick them up at the Blue Ridge Ranger District and Chattooga River Ranger District offices.

Completed applications may be emailed to Jasmine Ward at [email protected] or mailed to:

  • Greening Youth Foundation
  • ATTN: Jasmine Ward
  • (CONF YCC)
  • 201 17th Street  Suite 300
  • Atlanta, GA  30363


Applications postmarked after the May 3, 2013 deadline will not be accepted.  Those selected will be notified by May 10, 2013.

For additional information, please contact Jasmine Ward at (404) 254-4827.

Contact Information

Blue Ridge Ranger District

  • 2042 Highway 515
  • West Blairsville, GA 30512
  • Phone: 706 745-6928

Chattooga River Ranger District

The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests provide the finest outdoor recreation opportunities and natural resources in Georgia.  Featuring nearly 867,000 acres across 26 counties, hundreds of miles of clear-running streams and rivers, approximately 850 miles of recreation trails, and dozens of campgrounds, picnic areas, and other recreation activity opportunities, these lands are rich in natural scenery, history and culture.

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests is part of the Southern Region, with the Forest Supervisor’s office in Gainesville, Georgia, managing four District units in Blairsville (Blue Ridge District), Lakemont (Chattooga River District), Chatsworth (Conasauga District), and Eatonton (Oconee District).

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Robert J. Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA.
Robert has two adult daughters, seven practically perfect grandchildren and a zippy Kawasaki. Contact Robert at [email protected].

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