Andersonville NHS is Seeking Youth Conservation Corps Applicants
Contact: Eric Leonard, 229 924-0343, ext. 201
Contact: Lamar Melton, 229 924-0343, ext. 109
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia - Are you between the ages of 15 and 18, looking for employment, and like to work outside? Here is a wonderful opportunity to join the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC). Andersonville National Historic Site is looking for young men and women, ages 15 through 18, who work, learn, and earn together on projects that further the development and conservation of the natural resources of the United States.
The YCC is designed to provide summer employment/educational opportunities for youth from the local community in order to teach them hands-on work experience with the National Park Service. Along with learning valuable skills, the program is also designed to develop an understanding and appreciation for the natural and cultural resources in their community and throughout the country while helping the park reduce the number of backlogged projects.
The primary focus of this summer's work will be to improve the condition of Andersonville National Cemetery by adding additional soil to areas of the turf which need re-seeding, then watering the grass to provide a uniform appearance to the maintained landscape. Student employees will also work with the Gardener on other special projects within the park.
Period of employment will be eight weeks beginning on Monday, June 4 through Friday, July 27. The work schedule will be Monday through Friday beginning at 7:30 AM and ending at 4:00 PM with two 15-minute breaks (on in the morning and one in the afternoon) and one 30-minute lunch break. During the term of employment, you must be at least 15 years of age and not have reached age 19. Participants will be paid $7.25 per hour. Most all the work will be outdoors in direct sunlight with extensive exposure to hot, humid conditions of typical South Georgia summers. YCC students will be required to work with hand tools, topsoil, and grass seeds.
Appropriate dress attire includes the following:
Unacceptable attire includes:
Applications are available beginning Friday, April 6, 2012 at the National Prisoner of War Museum from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Applications are due Tuesday, May 1, 2012 and may be mailed to:
Selected applicants will be contacted by May 14, 2012.
Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, GA and 10 miles northeast of Americus, GA on Georgia Highway 49. The site features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter. Andersonville National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park System and serves as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Park grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with the museum opening at 9:00 a.m. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, visit on the web at www.nps.gov/ande/, or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS
Did You Know?
Boston Corbett (Sgt 16th NY Cavalry), the man credited with killing John Wilkes Booth, was a prisoner at Andersonville. After the war, he briefly worked in the Kansas House of Representatives as a doorkeeper. He was sent to an asylum and, after escaping, he disappeared from history.