National Park Service Will Host Summer Youth Crew
Contact: Sharon Brussell, 435-719-2141
Ten students from Grand and San Juan Counties will have the opportunity to work in local national parks this summer as part of the Canyon Country Conservation Corps. Sponsored by the Southeast Utah Group of the National Park Service, the Conservation Corps is entering its ninth summer of operations. Kate Cannon, Superintendent of the Southeast Utah Group, said "We’re excited to bring back the Conservation Corps program after a hiatus of two summers. This is an excellent use of our visitor fee revenues and we look forward to the same kind of success that we have enjoyed in the past." The program is funded entirely through visitor fees.
Participants must be at least 17 years of age and no older than 22 years of age when the program begins on June 8, 2009. In order to qualify for the program, students must be enrolled in an accredited school for the fall semester of 2010. The participants will be paid $10.04 per hour.
Work begins on June 8th and ends on July 30th. Students will work Monday through Thursday, nine to ten hours per day. Students will need to arrange transportation to and from either the National Park Service office in Moab (2282 S. West Resource Blvd.) or the Federal Building in Monticello (32 South 100 East) on a daily basis. Many of the work assignments may require spending up to three nights and four days a week in the field. Accommodations for field assignments may be primitive backcountry spike camps without electricity or flush toilets.
In addition to work projects, crew members will participate in education programs with National Park Service staff. Throughout the summer, students will research a topic of interest to be presented to community members, parents, and park staff. Work shirts and pants will be provided to the crewmembers, but the students must provide their own work/hiking boots and daily lunch. In the case of multi-day assignments, food and camping gear will be provided.
Sharon Brussell of Moab will coordinate the program. For further information, please contact Sharon at 435-719-2141.
How to Apply
Download Application [131k PDF file]
Hard copy applications will be available after April 15, 2009 at San Juan and Grand County high schools, State of Utah Department of Workforce Services offices, or at the National Park Service office in Moab.
Did You Know?
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