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2023 San Juan Islands Youth Conservation Corps Application

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Thank you for your interest in the SJIYCC program! Please read ALL the information below before proceeding to the application link at the bottom of the page

The 2023 YCC season will run from June 26 to August 19 (8 weeks), Monday through Thursday each week (with the exception of a few special projects). We offer a hands-on, outdoor stewardship program for students age 12-18. Projects include trail construction, habitat restoration, scientific monitoring and more, with collaborating partners including federal, state and local public agencies. Program participants apply for YCC as they would for a job and are paid a stipend at the end of the season. The 2023 daily stipend is $25 a day, totaling $800 at the end of the season with no absences. Our program provides a healthy mix of field science, natural and cultural history, leadership skills training, weekly themed curricula and high-impact service projects. We are excited for our 2023 season and hope you will apply!


Application Schedule

February 15th - Early Enrollment application period opens
March 15th - Early Enrollment appli
cation period closes, priority will be given to applications received by this date
April 15th - Final Deadline for San Juan Application Submission, No deadline for Orcas and Lopez

April 30th - Families are alerted of YCC acceptance decision

June 26th - First day of YCC Summer Season

Update 5/22/23: San Juan and Lopez registration is closed, if you'd like to apply to be on the waitlist, please submit an application. Registration for Orcas is still open. Apply today!

2023 Activity Fees Are Waived!

In 2022,  SJIYCC implemented activity fees ranging between $0 - $500 on a sliding scale to assist in covering program costs and stipends. HOWEVER, we are excited to announce that due to generous community donations, activity fees are WAIVED for the 2023 season. We strongly believe that everyone should have open and free access to natural spaces, and we stand by our commitment to providing this program with little to no barriers.


This program is completely funded by grants, contracts with partner organizations, and private donations. With activity fees being waived for 2023, please consider donating to this program if you are able. We greatly appreciate donations from our local community to keep this program operating! Learn more about donating here.

Applicant Qualification

  • Age 12 - 18 or entering grades 7 - 12 in Fall 2023. If you do not fit within this category, or have further questions about YCC please contact our Coordinator directly at

  • Able to attend each day of activities (Mon-Thurs, ~9am-3:30pm) in its entirety and miss a limited number of days throughout the season

  • Personal transportation to daily work sites is required - YCC does not have access to van transport for students at this time for the 2023 season.

Applicant Roles & Responsibilities

  • Work as a cooperative, respectful and kind member of a team at all times. YCC has a zero tolerance policy for disrespect, unsafe behavior, homophobia, racism, and bullying of any kind.

  • Participate in training and work days with a youth crew and adult leaders

  • Become proficient in the safe handling of hand tools and learn first aid response and outdoor safety techniques

  • Develop an environmental stewardship ethic

  • Be willing to work hard, try new things, and most importantly, HAVE FUN!

What are acceptance decisions based on? 

While we wish that we could provide programming to all students who apply, we have limited numbers that we can allow per crew for safety and quality of experience (10-15 students per island). 

Our selection decisions are based on a scoring system consistent across all applicants. They factor in the interest expressed in responses, availability throughout the season, application date (priority vs. not), and if they have participated in YCC before.

If accepted, you will be prompted to submit medical information and liability forms.


A full scoring system is provided to the right.

Application Scoring System (out of 10):

Interest expressed in narrative answers (0-5)

  • Excellent - clear, descriptive answers to all questions - 5

  • Great - but could use a bit more detail - 4

  • Good - but missing some answers and detail - 3

  • Sufficient - Missing many answers and/or details - 2-1

  • Needs work - Missing many details, did not answer all questions, lack of interest: 0

Number of anticipated absences (0-2)

  • No absences - 2 

  • 3 days or less - 1

  • 5 days or more - 0

Have they participated in YCC before? (0-1)

  • Yes - 1

  • No - 0

Applied by priority deadline? (0-2)

  • Prior to priority deadline - 2

  • After - 0

How do I fill out the application?

The application is in a webform, but can also be downloaded as a PDF and dropped off at our office or sent to and

We understand that typing out answers may not work for all students! If your student would prefer to do a verbal walk-through of the application, please contact us.

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