epa dunes photo for wordpress stickyOur beloved Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has jobs for 10 teenagers this summer. The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program is a work-learn-earn program for 15-18 year-olds. Deadline to apply is April 30, 2013. No experience is necessary. Participants will be selected by random draw from the pool of applications.

Participants are paid $7.25 an hour for the 40-hour work week. The program runs from June 9 to August 15, 2014, and applicants should be prepared to work the entire length of the program. Youth jobs include working as part of a crew to do a variety of manual labor tasks, normally outdoors. The crews perform work such as staining, painting and caulking the exterior of park buildings and work as grounds maintenance (mowing grass, picking up trash, etc.) and trails rehabilitation.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore acting superintendent Sue Bennett invited all interested teenagers to apply.

“This is a great opportunity for local youth to give back to their community by supporting their national park while earning some money and learning about careers in federal land management.  Not to mention spending a summer outside in the beauty of the national lakeshore,” said Bennett.

To be eligible participants must be U.S. citizens and 15 years old before June 9, 2014, but not turn 19 years old before August 15, 2014, the ending date of the program. The YCC application form is available through high school guidance offices or from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Employee Services Office at 219-395-1721. The forms are also available on the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore website at: http://www.nps.gov/indu/parkmgmt/jobs.htm.


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