Polk County Conservation

Youth Corps

Polk County Conservation Youth Corps (PCCYC) is a PAID non-residential summer work program that provides youth, ages 15-18, the opportunity to work on field-based, service-learning projects in county parks and trails.


We are no longer accepting applications for 2018 summer Youth Corps Crew Members or Crew Leaders. If you are interested in participating in next year's program, our application period will reopen again in December 2018.

For questions e-mail: janna.coulter@polkcountyiowa.gov


The Polk County Conservation Youth Corps mission is to foster environmental stewardship while developing future leaders in conservation through education, community engagement, cooperation and meaningful work.

About Us

Our crews consist of two highly qualified crew leaders ages 19+ leading 8-10 crew members selected from highly diverse backgrounds across Polk County and surrounding areas. Projects take place outdoors in our family of county parks and trails with various projects occuring outside of central Iowa. The work accomplished within this program includes habitat restoration, trail maintenance, wildlife surveys, invasive species removal and native seed harvest. Environmental education and outdoor recreation components are incorporated into the daily workload. Each crew member will take an active part in team building and leadership activities.

Where We Work

Our crews work and learn in Polk County Conservation's family of parks which provides an immersive experience into Iowa’s woodlands, prairies and wetlands. We also travel outside Polk County to assist other conservation boards in Eastern and Western Iowa on various restoration projects as a means to expand awareness of conservation practices in landscapes different from central Iowa.

The Camping Experience

At the end of each session, the crew will travel to a unique location outside of Polk County for a combined service project/camping trip. This trip is designed to create a bonding experience for the crew members where they will get the chance to put to practice what they have learned through service and outdoor recreation as well as affirming their connection to the land. On this trip, crew members will participate in a typical work day under the guidance of their crew leaders as well as  Natural Resource Technicians from the county in which they are working. Outdoor skills and recreation such as setting up camp, fire building, paddling, fishing and hiking will be an important part of this experience.

*This two-day trip is a part of the four-week session. Attendance is required and is not optional.  

Summer Sessions

2019 Sessions TBD


For questions and more information about this program, contact: 

Janna Coulter at janna.coulter@polkcountyiowa.gov

“Protecting Iowa’s Natural Resources 
by Connecting Youth To Nature”

Thank you to our 2018 partners for their support!

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Contact Us

Administration Office
11407 NW Jester Park Drive
Granger, IA 50109

P: (515) 323-5300
F: (515) 323-5354

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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