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!

Meet the 2017 crew members and see how We Reflect Anchorage!

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

Read the collection of 2017 Weekly Newsletters:
Week 1, Training Week and Opening Dinner
Week 2, Refuge Access at Jodhpur
Week 3, Campbell Creek Restoration Part 1
Week 4, Campbell Creek Restoration Part 2
Week 5, Kincaid Park Beach Trail Additions
Week 6, Girdwood Lions Park
Week 7, Jewel Lake Park
Week 8, Russian Jack Springs Park and Davis Park
Week 9, Davis Park and Fairview Lions Park
Week 10, Mentorship Week

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

Youth Employment in Parks was accredited in 2014 by The Corps Center of Excellence. This esteemed honor is granted to highly rated youth development programs that provide participants with opportunities for leadership skills, job training, community improvement, and environmental stewardship. We are proud to be a member.