December 7, 2022

Manzanar National Historic Site Recruits Youth Conservation Corps Members

Conservation work outside the barracks exhibits at Manzanar.

Manzanar National Historic Site ( will be sponsoring a six-week Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program this summer.

Young people between the ages of 15 and 18 are encouraged to apply, provided they do not reach their 19th birthday before July 30, 2022.

YCC team members will work Monday, June 20 through Friday, July 30 and earn the California minimum wage of $15 per hour. They will work at Manzanar National Historic Site under the supervision of National Park Service (NPS) personnel Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Most work is outdoors (regardless of weather), dirty and physically demanding.

Manzanar welcomed its first YCC team in 2002, providing opportunities for young locals to help preserve the site and its stories.

“The Youth Conservation Corps are an incredibly important and valuable part of public lands,” Acting Superintendent Patrick Taylor said. “Both historically and now, they carry out projects such as trail work, vegetation management and the preservation of historic features. It is also an invaluable opportunity for young people in the region to connect with their public lands.

The YCC team will focus on preserving resources associated with the containment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the pre-war Manzanar orchard community. They will also have the opportunity to visit other sites of historical significance in the Owens Valley. Selected individuals will be required to provide their own transportation to work and must have their own checking account or savings account for direct payroll deposit prior to commencing.

Applications can be obtained from the Manzanar National Historic Site Visitor Center, 5001 Highway 395, six miles south of Independence. The complete file must reach Manzanar no later than 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 13, to:

Manzanar National Historic Site, c/o Jeff Burton

PO Box 426, Independence, CA 93526

Participants and replacements for the 2022 program will be notified by May 20. 3305 or email