National Park Service

Youth Conservation Corps Reference Manual: A Coordinator’s Guide

Trail Core Competencies
  • • Crew Recruitment
  • • Jobsite Safety
  • • Jobsite Risk Management
  • • Performance Management
  • • Field-based Resource Protection

This handbook is intended to provide consistency among the National Park Service (NPS) units responsible for implementing the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) and to offer guidance for establishing and operating the YCC throughout the NPS.


The stated purpose of the YCC is to further the development and maintenance of the natural resources of the United States by America’s youth and, in doing so, to prepare youth for the ultimate responsibility of maintaining and managing these resources for the American people.

Trail Types Covered

    General. All trail types are relevant.

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