16 U.S. Code § 1702. Establishment

(a) Age of participants

To carry out the purposes of this subchapter, there is established in the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture a Youth Conservation Corps (hereinafter in this subchapter referred to as the “Corps”). The Corps shall consist of young men and women who are permanent residents of the United States, its territories, possessions, trust territories, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico who have attained age fifteen but have not attained age nineteen, and whom the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture may employ without regard to the civil service or classification laws, rules, or regulations, for the purpose of developing, preserving, or maintaining the lands and waters of the United States.

(b) Equal employment opportunity and employment; term

The Corps shall be open to youth from all parts of the country of both sexes and youth of all social, economic, and racial classifications with all Corps members receiving compensation consistent with work accomplished, and with no person being employed as a member of the Corps for a term in excess of ninety days during any single year.

(Pub. L. 91–378, title I, § 102, formerly § 2, Aug. 13, 1970, 84 Stat. 795; Pub. L. 92–597, Oct. 27, 1972, 86 Stat. 1319; Pub. L. 93–408, Sept. 3, 1974, 88 Stat. 1066; renumbered title I, § 102, and amended Pub. L. 103–82, title I, § 105(1)–(4), Sept. 21, 1993, 107 Stat. 848.)
Amendments

1993—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 103–82, § 105(2), (4), substituted “subchapter” for “chapter” and inserted “in this subchapter” after “(hereinafter”.

1974—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 93–408 extended eligibility to permanent residents of Puerto Rico, removed the restriction that employment be in the summer months only, and substituted “waters of the United States” for “waters of the United States under his jurisdiction”.

Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 93–408 substituted “from all parts of the country of both sexes and youth of all social, economic, and racial classifications with all Corps members receiving compensation consistent with work accomplished, and with” for “of both sexes and youth of all social, economic, and racial classifications, with”.

1972—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 92–597 substituted “established in the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture a Youth Conservation” and “under his jurisdiction” for “hereby established in the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture a three-year pilot program designated as the Youth Conservation” and “under the jurisdiction of the appropriate Secretary” respectively, and extended eligibility to permanent residents of trust territories.

Effective Date of 1993 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 103–82 effective Oct. 1, 1993, see section 123 of Pub. L. 103–82, set out as a note under section 1701 of this title.