Young Leaders – Alumni

YLCC Graduates

The George Melendez Wright Initiative for Young Leaders in Climate Change (YLCC) builds a pathway for exemplary students in higher education to apply cutting-edge knowledge about climate change to park management while gaining valuable work experience, exploring career options, and developing leadership skills through mentorship and guidance under the National Park Service (NPS). YLCC interns are selected from a large pool of highly-skilled applicants to conduct diverse and highly rigorous projects that are complex, novel, and address high-priority management challenges in national parks. Graduates from the YLCC have developed characteristics critical to a successful career in the federal government, including leadership skills, strategic thinking abilities, creativity, communication skills, flexibility, and resourcefulness.

Hiring Opportunities

The YLCC operates under the DOI Direct Hire Authority Personnel Bulletin No. 12-15. Interns who successfully complete the requirements of the internship and their degree program are eligible to be hired non-competitively into federal jobs for which they are qualified. In this case, “non-competitive” means that the position does not have to be advertised and interns do not need to apply and compete for it. YLCC alumni are eligible to be selected for positions in the NPS, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, or the Bureau of Land Management within two years of graduation. Potential employers may direct questions regarding direct hire authority to climate_change@nps.gov.

Tearina Asiata, 2016 Young Leader, talks about climate change to high school students in National Park of American Samoa.

2015 YLCC Graduates are now eligible for direct hire!  Featured profiles coming soon.

Jonathan Jones:   HIRED! By Cabrillo NM in October 2015

Project Title: Creating a Web-based Climate Change Toolkit for the NPS Pacific West Region
Eligible: December 12, 2015 – December 11, 2017

Natasha Way

Project Title: Creating a Web-based Climate Change Toolkit for the NPS Pacific West Region
Eligible: December 12, 2015 – December 11, 2017

Monica Gregory 

Project Title: Creating a Web-Based Template for Climate Outreach at Congaree NP
Eligible: May 9, 2016 – May 8, 2018

Donal O’Leary

Project Title: Assessing Interannual Snowfall and its Impacts on Vegetation Phenology and Forest Health
Using Remote Sensing in Crater Lake NP
Eligible: June 11, 2016 – June 10, 2018

Laura Cannon 

Project Title: Assessing the Effects of Climate Change Impacts on Archaeological Resources at Yellowstone NP
Eligible: August 30, 2016 – August 29, 2018

Amanda Webb, Natural Resource Specialist / Project Manager

Project Title: Effects of Climate Change on Thermal Spring Water Quantity and Quality at Hot Springs NP
Eligible: December 16, 2016 – December 15, 2018

Michael Endicott

Project Title: Assessing Coastal Vulnerability to Climate Change in the Boston Harbor Islands NS
Eligible: May 5, 2017 – May 4, 2019

Daniel Winkler

Project Title: Climate Change Impacts on the Iconic Saguaro Cactus, its Nurse Plants, and Water Resources in the Desert Southwest
Eligible: June 15, 2017 – June 14, 2019

Adam Griffith 

Project Title: Valuation of National Park Service Landscapes for Climate Change Sensitivity and Adaptation at Indiana Dunes NL
Eligible: May 5, 2018 – May 4, 2020

Molly Tedesche 

Project Title: Perennial Arctic Alpine Snow and Ice Patch Archaeology in the Central Brooks Range, Alaska
Eligible: September 2018 – September 2020

Lindsey Cochran 

Project Title: Assessing Coastal Vulnerability to Climate Change in the Boston Harbor Islands
Eligible: August 2019 – August 2021

 

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