YCC extends deadline for teens seeking summer jobs

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest announced this week that the deadline for YCC applications has been extended to May 8 to fill two Youth Conservation Crews this summer. Actual program dates may be altered or extended due to future COVID-19 safety guidance, the Forest Service said.

“We are monitoring and adhering to Federal, state and county guidance regarding safe operations during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said District Ranger Carolyn Napper. “Depending on conditions and recommendations come June, we could shorten or postpone the YCC season if needed. Applicants will be kept informed, and we will also post updates in local newspapers, the forest website and on social media.”

The 2020 YCC program is tentatively scheduled to begin June 22 and ends around August 7, lasting seven weeks. Applicants must be 15 to 18 years of age and must be 15 by June 22, and cannot turn 19 during the program. Applications are available online at the following link: www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd720171.pdf.

Email or mail the completed applications back no later than close of business (4:30 p.m.) May 8 to marcus.nova@usda.gov or by mail to Mt. Shasta Ranger Station, 204 West Alma, Mt. Shasta, CA 96067. Selections will be made by random drawing at 10 a.m. at the Mount Shasta District office.

A typical YCC crew is made up of seven people, which includes six YCC enrollees and one adult crew leader. The chosen enrollees must be able to report to work each day at the Mt. Shasta Ranger Station, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The crew members will perform natural resource based projects throughout the Shasta-Trinity National Forest area. The enrollees may find the work difficult at times but extremely rewarding. They will learn teamwork, proper hand tool use, forest sustainability and what it takes to be successful in the workforce. The enrollees will enjoy educational field trips and a final graduation day at Lake Siskiyou.

“The Shasta McCloud Management Unit has been blessed to sponsor the YCC program for over 46 years. We hope that we will be able to continue this important program this summer,” explained Assistant Recreation Officer Marcus Nova.

There will be a mandatory orientation for enrollees, alternates and their parents at the Mount Shasta City Park in May, date yet to be determined. Contact Nova at (530) 926-9606 for information.