This six week program is designed for students who have some experience or exposure to working outside. Interested in deepening your outdoor experience and learning new skills while exploring and restoring the local National Park lands? Then this is for you. You’ll work alongside field staff from both the National Park Service and the Parks Conservancy on natural resource restoration projects.
The program provides a combination of intensive service work and hands-on learning with a specific focus on ecology, restoration, and land management. To kick off the program, students will participate in a three day backpacking adventure. Students receive a monetary award upon satisfactory completion of the program.
Applications for the 2013 summer season will be posted on this page in the first week of February.
Is the Restoration Youth Crew right for me?
This program is designed for students ages 15–18 who have an interest in the environment, some experience working outside, and are looking to build upon these experiences and learn new skills while restoring parkland. We are looking for students who are eager to learn new skills, have a positive attitude, and enjoy physical activities. Participants must be in good health and able to commit to the entire six week period without scheduling conflicts.
How will the program be organized?
The team will consist of approximately 15 individuals who will meet each morning at the Presidio field office. Students will work 28 hours per week from Tuesday–Friday. Each morning the team will meet at 9 am, travel by van to different project sites, then return to the field office around 4 pm (with some exceptions).
What kinds of service projects are involved?
Examples of projects include rehabilitation of trails, removal of invasive plants from endangered species habitat, assistance with plant propagation at our Native Plant Nurseries, and construction of fencing to protect sensitive habitat. These service projects vary each year depending on park priorities and project availability.
What kinds of field trips and workshops are provided?
Field trips and workshops vary from year to year depending on scheduling opportunities. Last year the students learned about ecology, endangered species (especially those specific to the project sites), plant identification, medicinal and cultural uses of plants, animal tracking, and more. There will also be at least one field trip in addition to a three day backpacking trip during the first week of the program. Equipment will be made available and all food will be provided.
How does the application process work?
Applications for the 2013 summer season will be posted on this page in the first week of February. Interested students are required to complete a short application and supply the names of at least one reference (two is recommended). Once reviewed, some students will be contacted for an interview.