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 1st, 2015
• engaged in high school or GED education

To learn more about applying, contact

2016 YEP Project Schedule- click to download calendar

June 6-10: Training Week, Russian Jack Neighborhood Connector

June 9: Opening Dinner at Kincaid Chalet

June 13-24: Chugach Foothills Connector Trail

June 25: Volunteer Day

June 27- July 1: Meadow Park Connector Trail

July 5-8: Cuddy Family Midtown Park Bank Restoration

July 11- 22: Taku Lake Park Trail Maintenance and Bank Rehabilitation

July 25-August 5: South Anchorage Sports Park Trail Maintenance

August 8-11: Mentorship Week

August 11: Closing Dinner

2016 YEP Newsletters

YEP 2016- Week 1, June 6-10

YEP 2016- Week 2, June 13-17

YEP 2016- Week 3, June 20-24

YEP 2016- Week 4, June 27- July 1

YEP 2016- Week 5, July 4-8

YEP 2016- Week 6, July 11-15

YEP 2016- Week 7, July 18-22

YEP 2016- Week 8, July 25-29

YEP 2016- Week 9, August 1-5

YEP 2016- Week 10, August 8-11

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:

2016 YEP Annual Report

2015 YEP Annual Report

2014 YEP Annual Report

2013 YEP Annual Report

2012 YEP Annual Report