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    Joshua Tree

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    The road leading to Black Rock campground has deep potholes, is deeply rutted, and can be difficult to negotiate, especially in large vehicles. Please drive with caution.

Youth Conservation Corp Applications Available

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Date: March 5, 2014
Contact: Patty Gerhardt, 760-367-5514


This summer, Joshua Tree National Park will sponsor an 8-week, Youth Conservation Corps program. All youths between the ages of 15 and 18 are encouraged to apply. To be eligible, applicants may not reach their 19th birthday during the program. Selected applicants will start work on June 16, 2014, and continue in the program until August 7, 2014. Corps members will earn the hourly California Minimum Wage. Work hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., with every other Friday off.

The program provides young people of the community with excellent hands-on work experience. Work is labor intensive and performed throughout the park. Proposed projects include trail construction and maintenance, resource habitat improvement, and resource restoration. Job development and youth training are truly an investment we can all make in the futures of our children.

Application forms are available from Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters in Twentynine Palms. The application form must be returned to the Human Resources office at headquarters, or postmarked,no later than April 11, 2014Call Human Resources Assistant Patty Gerhardt at 760 367-5514 for additional information.

"The Youth Conservation Corp isn't just about work; it's about building a future for yourself and the nation." ~National Park Service


For more information, visit www.nps.gov/jotr.

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Desert Queen Ranch branding iron

In the high desert country that was to become Joshua Tree National Park, rugged individuals tried their luck at cattle ranching, mining, and homesteading. William Keys and his family are particularly representative of the hard work and ingenuity it took to settle and prosper in the Mojave Desert. More...