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April 11, 2013

Recruits sought for Youth Conservation Corps

NEWBURYPORT — Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is seeking recruits for its Youth Conservation Corps Program this summer.

Four positions are available this year: two for boys and two for girls. Participants will work 40 hours per week for eight weeks and earn the current minimum wage ($8/hour). Dates for the program are June 24 to Aug. 16. Candidates must commit to the full eight-week program.

The objectives of the Youth Conservation Corps, a nationwide program, are threefold: to accomplish needed conservation work on public land, to provide gainful employment for 15- through 18-year-olds of all social, economic, ethnic and racial backgrounds, and to develop an understanding and appreciation of the nation’s natural environment and heritage.

This year’s crew will work on such projects as boardwalk repairs, brushing trails, erecting fences and assisting with the station’s biological program. To be eligible for the YCC Program, enrollees must be at least 15 but not have reached 19 years of age during the term of employment, be a U.S. resident, have a Social Security number and a desire and ability to work outdoors.

Applications and information may be obtained at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, 6 Plum Island Turnpike or at most local high school guidance departments. Office hours at the refuge are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, 978-465-5753.

Completed applications must be received at the refuge office no later than 4:30 p.m. on April 29. Selection by random drawing and notification of participants will be completed by May 6.

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