Sunday, May 22, 2011

Deadline for Youth Conservation Corps applications is Monday, May 23

CALUMET -- Area young people will share in a summer work opportunity offered through the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program, administered by the National Park Service at Keweenaw National Historical Park in Calumet. Applications, which have been distributed to area high schools for students between the ages of 15 and 18 interested in applying for the YCC program, are due by 5 p.m. Monday, May 23. There are no income restrictions for the YCC program.

The Youth Conservation Corps, a nationwide federal program for young people, administered by the National Park Service, provides opportunities to contribute to the conservation of our national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges through a combined work and environmental/cultural education program.

The young people will work with National Park Service professionals on conservation and cultural heritage related projects such as trail and roadside maintenance, museum collections, vegetation removal, historic stone ruin stabilization, painting, and other facility repair and clean-up projects.

The Keweenaw National Historical Park YCC program will run eight weeks, from June 13 to August 5, 2011. YCC enrollees will work a 40-hour week and receive $7.40 per hour. Three to five positions are expected to be filled and are selected from among all area youth submitting applications to the Keweenaw National Historical Park headquarters in Calumet.

Selections of YCC enrollees are made by random drawing by Human Resources personnel. The drawing and notification of selected employees will take place during the week of May 23, 2011. The names of five alternates will also be drawn for the program, and will be used to fill positions if any of the original selected YCC enrollees decline a position.

Questions about the YCC work program may be directed to Keweenaw National Historical Park YCC program director at (906) 483-3034. Applications must be received by the 5 p.m. May 23, 2011, deadline at: Keweenaw National Historical Park, 25970 Red Jacket Road, Calumet, MI 49913.

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