May 21 Closures and Delays
The Loop Road will be closed periodically to vehicular traffic today while the contractor applies striping. Some overlooks will be closed for sealing. Expect delays entering and exiting the park where sealant is being applied to one lane.
Youth Conservation Corps Jobs
Summer Jobs for Youth at Cowpens National Battlefield June 3, 2013 - July 26, 2013
Are you a teenager looking for a challenging summer job? If so you may be interested in working for the National Park Service as a member of the Youth Conservation Corps at Cowpens National Battlefield. The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) was established by Public Law 93-408 and is a summer employment program for young men and women between the ages of 15-18 who work, learn, and earn together on projects that further the development and conservation of the natural resources of the United States.
This job entails physical work outdoors in temperatures sometimes above 90°. Participants may be exposed to insects, poison ivy, and adverse weather. Previous projects have included removing debris from old home sites and businesses, building bridges and split rail fences, pruning trees, removing exotic plant species, and helping to prepare for the park's fireworks program. The work this summer will be similar to these previous projects. In addition to these tasks, the park will provide environmental education and field trips to other parks, and possibly a 5-day working/camping trip in another national park.
Download applications at http://www.nps.gov/cowp/parkmgmt/youth-conservation-corps-jobs.htm or pick them up at the Visitor Center from March 9 - April 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cut off for accepting applications will be 5:00 pm April 6, 2013. Applicants may return applications to the Visitor Center at 4001 Chesnee Hwy, Gaffney, SC 29341, mail them to Cowpens National Battlefield, PO Box 308 Chesnee, SC 29323, or fax them to 864-461-7795.
The park will randomly draw the names of at least four young people to work this summer, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, paid at minimum wage $7.25 per hour. Applicants MUST be available for work from 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 40 hours a week beginning on June 3rd and ending on July 26th with no unexcused absences and NO VACATIONS. Applicants must also be available to work on Saturday, July 6. The park will notify selected applicants and alternates by April 20.
Applicants must be a permanent resident of the United States, have a Social Security card, have a desire and willingness to work outdoors, and have no criminal history or anti-social behavior that might create safety problems. In addition, your parent or legal guardian must consent to your working and be able to provide the proper type of work clothing such as long sleeved shirts, jeans and work boots.
For more information, call (864) 461-2828 or visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/cowp.
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 395 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.
Did You Know?
The three-pounder Revolutionary War cannon was called a "Grasshopper" because it had a recoil of about 5 feet and looked somewhat like a grasshopper jumping when it was fired.