Youth Employment in Parks
2022 Applications are Closed.
We’re out building trails– see ya out there! Interested in applying? Check back Spring 2023.
What is the Youth Employment in Parks (YEP) program?
The YEP program engages qualifying Juneau youth (ages 16-19) for 9 weeks in a supportive summer work experience focused on developing job skills and employment education. YEP is a partnership of the Zach Gordon Youth Center, Juneau Parks and Recreation and Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL). Youth Employment in Parks is funded through the City & Borough of Juneau and the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Disability Employment Initiative.
What do you YEP crews do?
Monday to Thursday they will work in City and Borough of Juneau parks, learning on the job and completing important maintenance and construction projects. Examples of projects that will be completed throughout the course of the summer include trail construction, repairing baseball fields, painting picnic tables and structures, garden maintenance for the ZGYC garden, and cleaning up litter around our community.
Who is eligible?
Must meet all the criteria below:
- Youth between the ages of 16 and 20
- Still enrolled in school
- With an IEP (Individual Education Plan) or 504 plan
What job skills can I learn?
- General Carpentry and Construction
- Hand and Power Tool Operation
- Trail Construction
- Leadership Skills
- Resume Writing
- Interview Skills
- How to find a job
What educational topics are covered?
- Edible and Medicinal Plants
- Local Alaska Native History
- Kayaking Safety
- Small Engine Basics
- Financial Literacy
- Career Exploration