The Family YMCA

1450 Iris St. Los Alamos, NM 87544

Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)

2024 YCC Summer Trail Work
***Applications have closed for the 2024 YCC Season!***
Applying for YCC:
  1. Review the following:
  2. Fill out an application (Either in paper form or in electronic form (preferred)):
  3. Find at least two people, non-family, to complete references for you (either in paper form or electronic form (preferred)):


  • Read all documents thoroughly. Especially the cover page of the application.
  • Fill out all documents thoroughly. Leave no blanks.
  • Incomplete applications will disqualify you.
  • Electronic applications and reference forms are preferred but paper/print versions will be accepted and can be turned into The Family YMCA, The Espanola YMCA Teen Center or the YMCA Los Alamos Teen Center.
  • Pay close attention to all "Key Dates" listed below
  • Questions? Email Lahni Zollinger:


  • April 12, no later than 6:00pm: Applications due--Early applications appreciated; late applications not accepted.
  • April 15-26: Candidate Interview Notifications and Interviews--Interviews held after school at Los Alamos Y Express and Espanola Teen Center. Phone interviews area a possibility. You will be contacted via the email you listed on your application to arrange an interview.
  • April 29-May 3: Job offers extended through email. You Must accept within 5 days.
  • June 6: First day of work for Leaders. Position ends 7/31/24.
  • June 10: First day of work for Crew Members. Position ends 7/31/24.

Video of Crew Work


From 2009-2016, and in 2018-2020, the state of New Mexico's Youth Conservation Corps has provided funding to The Family YMCA to hire Trail crews to repair fire-damaged footpaths and to create new sustainable trails.  Jobs are open to New Mexico youth, ages 14-25. This work has been a cooperative program between Los Alamos County's Open Space Division and the USDA Española Ranger District.

The High Altitude Athletics Club has provided support for tools used in trail work from 2018-2022. 

In 2017, The Family YMCA partnered with Bandelier National Monument, the Volunteer Task Force, Delle Foundation, UNM-LA and Pajarito Trail Fest to hold a summer jobs program for youth ages 16-24. The work provided service, learning and environmental education opportunities, including college credit.

We are grateful to these partners for helping to provide skills to entry-level job seekers, who in turn provide a great service to our community.