Hill to Harbor Corps

The Hill to Harbor Corps is a summer employment opportunity for 15-18 year-olds from the greater Boston area. As members of the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC), teens will work with park rangers to facilitate summer camps for local organizations, lead pop-up public engagement activities, and explore the National Parks of Boston. Youth employees receive benefits such as a student transportation card and CPR/AED certification.

Hill to Harbor YCC’s typically work in one of two teams: as part of Harbor Discovery Camps or Trails to Freedom teams. This year we will be combining both teams, so you will experience elements of both!

You are eligible if you are...

  • 15-18 years old for the duration of the program 
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Local to the Boston area
  • Available for 7-8 weeks in the summer
  • Interested in working with younger folks.
  • Enjoy being a part of a team
  • Curious about what the National Park Service and its partners do
A Hill to Harbor Corps member stands with two campers on a ferry in the Boston Harbor

Harbor Discovery Camps

As part of the Harbor Discovery Camp, YCCs help facilitate five-day experiences for Boston YMCAs and Boys and Girls Clubs. These youth employees work to connect 8-12 year-old campers with the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the Boston Harbor Islands.  In collaboration with rangers from the National Park Service, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Boston Harbor Now, YCCs will gain an understanding of what it is like to work in their local national and state parks.

Photo of a 2019 Hill to Harbor YCC facilitating a small-group conversation with campers at the Charlestown Navy Yard

Trails to Freedom

On the Trails to Freedom team, YCCs help facilitate three-day camp experiences for 8-12 year-olds that collectively span all three national parks in Boston. Additionally, these YCCs run weekend pop-ups where they engage visitors of all ages and from around the world with self-guided programming, such as arts and crafts, trivia, and scavenger hunts. Working alongside national and state park rangers, these youth employees learn about their local public lands and in turn share them with diverse visitors.

How to Apply

Click the button below and fill out the online form. For this program, you will not need to submit a resume.  Instead, be prepared to discuss your experience and interests in short answers.