Redwood National and State Parks will host a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program this summer for ages 15 through 18 to participate in conservation work throughout the parks.

This year's eight-week program runs from June 24 to Aug. 15. Applications are due May 24.

Five male and five female participants will be selected from Humboldt and Del Norte counties at a public drawing. Participants will earn $8 per hour working four 10-hour days each week. All participants must bring their own lunch and provide their own transportation to and from either the Parks' Crescent City Headquarters or the National Park Service's Arcata office.

Specific work projects include construction and maintenance of trails, maintaining fences, removal of exotic plants and improving wildlife habitat. Participants will be required to do hard physical work, hike long distances and may be exposed to insects, poison oak, adverse weather and difficult working conditions. Natural and cultural resource education is incorporated into the eight-week program.

For more information about the program or to receive an application, call Lynn Erickson-Levi at (707) 465-7737, or stop by Redwood National and State Parks Headquarters between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.