Youth Conservation Programs

Youth Conservation Crews - Camping and In-Town

Each summer, SECC hires Camping and In-Town Youth Conservation Crews. These programs will provide youth conservation job skills and leadership opportunities, as well as professional and personal development. A typical workday could include trail construction, trail maintainance, corridor clearing, invasive species removal, restoration of cultural resources, preservation of commemorative rescources, or habitat restoration. Youth will have the opportunity to work within local public lands, such as National Forests and National Parks. 


A typical SECC youth crew is comprised of two crew leaders and six corpsmembers (youth). Both types of crews are based out of the Chattanooga, TN office or out of Knoxville, TN. Camping crews work within the Ocoee/Hiwassee National Forest Ranger District or the Pisgah National Forest Ranger District, while In - Town youth crews work within Chattanooga's local National Parks. 

Monday - Thursday the crews will complete meaningful service projects such as trail maintenance and the removal of invasive species. When not working, the crew will participate in daily education ranging from topics such as watersheds and forest ecology to resume building and interview tactics. On Fridays the crew will mainly focus on education outings, which in the past, have included the following activities:  first aid and CPR certification, snorkeling on the Conasauga River, bird identification and banding, and much, much more.  

The main distinction between the Camping and Local In-Town crews is that Camping crews spend the entire week camping together at the worksite (Monday - Friday), while In-Town crews return to the Chattanooga office at the end of each work day. Camping crews will participate in daily communal living chores, eat meals togehter, and be engaged in daily education at the campsite.

 

These are paid summer positions that make a difference!

 

There is a mandatory parent night for all selected YCC members. Parents must come either May 18th 5:30-7:00pm or May 20th 10:30am -12:00pm.

Below are the 2017 summer crew positions.

 

Corpsmember - National Park Service Urban Archeology - YCC In-Town Crew – Summer 2017

The SECC Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) In-Town Crew engages motivated young adults, ages 16 - 18, in a program that combines training and education with impactful conservation and service projects throughout the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park lands. Projects may include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, re-vegetation, and much more. This program focuses on engaging local youth in meaningful learning and service opportunities in their communities. 

Age Requirements: 16-18 years

Start Date: June 4th 2017

Program Length: 6 weeks

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Corpsmember - Cherokee National Forest YCC Camping Crew – Summer 2017

The SECC Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Camping Crew engages motivated young adults, ages 16 - 18, in a program that combines camping Monday – Friday, training and education with impactful conservation and service projects throughout the Cherokee National Forest in Southeast, TN. Crews will cook together and learn valuable outdoors living skills. Projects may include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, re-vegetation, and much more. This program focuses on engaging local youth in meaningful learning and service opportunities in their communities. 

Age Requirements: 16-18 years

Start Date: June 4th 2017

Program Length: 6 weeks

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Corpsmember - National Park Service - Historic Preservation Crew - YCC In-Town – Summer 2017 -

The SECC Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) crews seek to engage motivated young adults, ages 16 - 18, in a program that combines training and education with impactful conservation and service projects throughout the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park lands. Projects will focus on historic preservation of park monuments, tablets and canons, but may also may include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, re-vegetation, etc. This program focuses on engaging local youth in meaningful learning and service opportunities in their communities

Age Requirements: 16-18 years

Start Date: June 4th 2017

Program Length: 6 weeks

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