Youth Employment in Parks

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Goals of Youth Employment in Parks:
1) Create meaningful “first job” experiences and career pathways for diverse youth to work in the outdoors and natural resources fields.
2) Expose youth to the outdoors and connect them with nature to support healthy lifestyles.
3) Provide youth with community action skills and character development so they may become effective citizens.
4) Build community through enhanced recreation opportunities, parks and public spaces.


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 YEP 2014 has kicked into gear and is going strong! To keep up with how this year’s crew is doing, visit this post. If you missed the deadline, or applied and were not selected, please consider these other opportunites for Alaskan youth.

Youth Employment in Parks 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 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.

Who are YEP crew members?

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

YEP crew members represent all neighborhoods and communities in Anchorage.

Follow these links to see past crew members:

We Reflect Anchorage 2013

We Reflect Anchorage 2012 

YEP accepts applications mid-February through mid-March for the summer.

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:




YEP in the Media

YEP Sponsors & Partners