Youth Employment in Parks


Youth 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 2016 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 5th, 2017
• pursuing your high school or GED education

All of the 2017 YEP positions are currently filled.  Check back next winter for the 2018 job postings!

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.

2017 Summer Schedule:

June 5-9: Training Week

June 8: Opening Dinner at Kincaid Chalet, 5:30-7:30pm

June 12-16: Refuge Access at Jodhpur

June 15: Kincaid Beach Trail Volunteer Day

June 19-30: Campbell Creek Restoration

July 3-7: Valley of the Moon Park

July 10-14: Lions Park in Girdwood

July 18-22: Jewel Lake Park Rain Garden

July 22: Volunteer Day at Teddy Bear Picnic

July 24- August 4: Davis Park Disc Golf Course

August 7-10: Mentorship Week

August 10: Graduation Dinner at Kincaid Chalet, 5:30-7:30pm

For more about past projects and activities:

2016 YEP Annual Report

2015 YEP Annual Report

2014 YEP Annual Report

2013 YEP Annual Report

2012 YEP Annual Report