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Youth Conservation Corps accepting summer applications


Youth 16 to 18 years old can now apply for eight weeks of summer employment with the Central Oregon Youth Conservation Corps.

Heart of Oregon Corps, a local non-profit, is recruiting for the education and work program, which provides natural resource employment for conservation projects on the Ochoco and Deschutes National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland.

Nearly 100 applicants will be selected for this summer’s program and earn $9.25 an hour, working 36 hours a week. Projects include building trails, maintaining fences, piling hazardous fuels, restoring campgrounds, improving wildlife habitat and other types of conservation work.

Youth will work nine hours a day, Monday through Thursday, from June 22 to August 13, with crews based in Crescent, La Pine, Bend, Sisters, Redmond, Prineville, Madras, and new this year, Warm Springs.

Applications must be received by May 1st and are available online at .

The Central Oregon Youth Conservation Corps program is operated by Heart of Oregon Corps in partnership with the US Forest Service. Funding for the 2015 program secured thus far also includes support and grant awards from the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, United Way of Deschutes County, The Autzen Foundation, and The PGE Foundation.

For more information, contact COYCC Coordinator Yancy Wilkenfeldt at (541) 633-7834 x24 or Forest Service YCC Coordinator Paul Smith at (541) 416-6431.

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