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As Lake County’s principal guardian of open space and natural areas since 1958, we set the standard in nature and historic preservation, and in outdoor recreation and education.

We offer a broad range of employment opportunities, including career and temporary positions, and internships.

Applications are accepted for open positions only.

Thank you for your interest in employment with Lake County Forest Preserves. Browse through the following to learn about available opportunities. If you have trouble viewing the list of opportunities below, visit our Career Portal.

Youth Conservation Corps

Crew Member Recruitment

Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a summer program designed to employ high school youth in natural resources, construction, and park maintenance related projects.

Crew members work together in teams to build trails and boardwalks, restore natural areas and waterways, and complete basic preserve maintenance projects. Additionally, crew members receive training in first aid, basic work and life skills, construction skills and environmental awareness.

The program runs for eight weeks each summer from mid-June through early August. View the application for further details.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be residents of Lake County, at least 16 years of age by the program's June start date and no older than 18 at the program's August end date.


Completed applications must be received on or before 4:30 pm, Friday, April 28. Applications can be mailed or delivered to the address below under Contact Us, or faxed to 847-968-3177.

Crew members will be selected by a lottery drawing on Saturday, April 29 at 9 am, at the North Bay Pavilion at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. Applicants do not need to be present to be selected for a position, however, there will be one crew (three men and three women) who will be selected from those in attendance. In addition, all those who attend and are not selected will be placed on an alternates list if those selected by lottery decline the job offer, or leave the program early.

Contact Us

Lake County Forest Preserves
Human Resources Department
1899 West Winchester Road | Libertyville IL 60048 | 847-­367-­6640

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