Assateague recruiting students for Youth Conservation Corps

(May 10, 2013) Assateague Island National Seashore is recruiting students between the ages of 15 and 18 for its Youth Conservation Corps. This program enables young people to gain a unique educational, recreational and work experience.

Students will work on maintenance projects, repairing damage done by Hurricane Sandy in the Maryland district. Projects will include installing split rail fence and rebuilding boardwalks. Students will also have an opportunity to work with other divisions of the National Seashore.

Those hired will be paid the Maryland minimum wage, currently $7.25 per hour. The work project will begin on July 1, and continue until Aug. 23. Applications are available at the Assateague Island Visitor Center, 11800 Marsh View Lane in Berlin. He center is open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Individuals may also contact Karen Rodney at 410-629-6090 or Karen_rodney@nps.gov for an application.

Completed applications must be received at Assateague by 2 p.m. on May 13.

Participants will gain job skills while learning about the National Park Service. No previous experience is required, but a willingness and ability to work in a physically active outdoor program, accomplish duties as part of a team, and maintain a positive attitude are essential.

“This is an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with a land protection agency, meet new people and give back to the community while acquiring new skills, work ethics and being paid at the same time,” said park Superintendent Trish Kicklighter. “An opportunity similar to this was invaluable for me as this is how I began my career experience with the National Park Service.”

For more information about Assateague Island National Seashore, visit www.nps.gov/asis/.

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