Catoctin Mountain Park Announces 2011 Youth Conservation Corps Program
Contact: Becky Loncoscky, 301-416-0536
The National Park Service is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2011 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program at Catoctin Mountain Park. This is an exciting opportunity for high school students to spend their summer doing meaningful work in a National Park site! The YCC program is scheduled to last for eight weeks beginning on June 20, 2011 and ending on August 12, 2011. The workday will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.
The program is open to young men and women 15 through 18 years of age. All applicants who meet the eligibility requirements listed on the back of the application will be considered. The position will require daily outdoor labor, working in heat, and using a variety of hand tools. The 2011 work projects include monitoring of fish populations, gypsy moth monitoring, exotic plant control and removal, trail maintenance and construction, and painting projects. Enrollees will be selected through a random drawing. Please note, previous enrollees may only be considered in the event that an insufficient number of new applications are received. The rate of pay will be $7.25 per hour.
Applications may be obtained from local high school guidance counselors or by contacting Becky Loncosky at Catoctin Mountain Park, 6602 Foxville Road, Thurmont, MD 21788. Completed application forms must be mailed to Ms. Loncosky at the above address by April 15, 2011.
If you have any questions concerning this program, please contact Becky Loncosky at (301) 416-0536.
Catoctin Mountain Park is one of 393 units administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. The park Visitor Center, located on State Route 77 three miles west of Thurmont, Maryland, is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Correspondence should be addressed to: Superintendent, Catoctin Mountain Park, 6602 Foxville Road, Thurmont, MD 21788. Our website address is www.nps.gov/cato. General information can be obtained by calling the Visitor Center at (301) 663-9388.
Did You Know?
The first Job Corps Center in President Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” operated from 1965-1969. Goals were to combine work, education, and recreation “to create a desire to become happy, useful, and self-supporting citizens,” to “create a good work attitude,” and to improve reading and math skills.