April 20, 2015

Contact: Steph Deidrick

State Parks Youth Corps now accepting 2015 applications

For the sixth year, State Parks Youth Corps (SPYC) will provide Missouri youth the opportunity to work outdoors improving Missouri’s state parks and historic sites. Online applications are now being accepted for youth ages 17 to 24 to participate in the 2015 program.

SPYC - a nationally recognized jobs initiative started by Gov. Nixon in 2010 to enhance Missouri's 87 state parks and historical sites - is a cooperative partnership between the Division of Workforce Development and Missouri State Parks.

In 2015, SPYC will employ Missourians between ages 17 and 24 at state parks and historic sites across Missouri, with the program running through Dec. 31. Applications for the program are now being accepted online at

“Since 2010, State Parks Youth Corps workers have made a real difference in state parks and historic sites throughout the Show-Me State, while gaining valuable job skills” said Gov. Nixon. “In 2015, young people will once again be able to gain on-the-job training while experiencing the beauty of the great outdoors.”

Since the program began in 2010, more than 2,600 young people have put in more than 600,000 hours enhancing parks and sites throughout the state. In 2014, young people spent more than 59,000 hours gaining real job experience in Missouri State Parks.

In 2014, the program expanded to offer additional paid positions to area youth at St. Louis City and Kansas City parks. In 2015, St. Louis and Kansas City parks will again benefit from the program.

For information about state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.