Youth Employment in Parks


YEP_FullColorLogoYouth Employment in Parks (YEP) aims to positively engage a new generation of diverse young leaders as conservation stewards of public lands and of the Anchorage community through meaningful job training, employment and education. YEP was accredited in 2014 by the Corps Network! Read the 2015 YEP Annual Report here.

YEP is a 10 week summer program that hires Anchorage teens to complete park improvement projects. Teens learn natural resource management job skills by building trails and restoring stream banks while engaging in education increasing civic engagement, environmental awareness, and leadership skills.

  • YEP creates meaningful first job experiences and career pathways for youth to work in natural resources job fields
  • YEP inspires youth to embrace nature while encouraging healthy lifestyles
  • YEP prepares youth to become effective, contributing citizens and employees through character development and community action skills training
  • YEP contributes to the community by improving parks and recreation spaces

Who are YEP crew members?

YEP crew members represent all neighborhoods and communities in Anchorage. To become a YEP crew member you must meet the following qualifications:

• a resident of the Municipality of Anchorage
• 16-19 years old on June 1st, 2015
• engaged in high school or GED education

To learn more about applying, contact

2015 YEP Project Schedule

June 1-5: Balto Seppala

June 3: Opening Dinner

June 9-12: Chester Creek

June 13: Park Founders’ Day

June 15-19: Centennial Park Campground

June 22-26: Earthquake Park

June 29-July 10: Far North Bicentennial Park

July 13-16: Eagle River, Mt. Baldy Trail

July 20-31: Kincaid Beach Trail

July 28: to Anchorage Assembly

August 6: Closing Dinner

2015 YEP Newsletters

YEP 2015 – Week of July 31st

YEP 2015 – Week of July 24th

YEP 2015 – Week of July 17th

YEP 2015 – Week of July 10th

YEP 2015 – Week of July 3rd

YEP 2015 – Week of June 26th

YEP 2015 – Week of June 19th

YEP 2015 – Week of June 12th

YEP 2015 – Week of June 5th

Park Projects

YEP crew members develop job skills by working on Anchorage municipal park improvement projects. Projects may include soft surface trail construction and rehabilitation, stream bank and habitat restoration, park beautification, and landscaping.

For more about past projects and activities:

2015 YEP Annual Report

2014 YEP Annual Report

2013 YEP Annual Report

2012 YEP Annual Report