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Youth Conservation Corps seeks summer applications


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

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 $10.25 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 July 3 to August 24 , with crews based in Crescent, La Pine, Bend, Sisters, Redmond, Prineville, Madras, and Warm Springs.

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

Heart of Oregon Corps operates the Central Oregon Youth Conservation Corps program in partnership with the US Forest Service and Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council. Funding for the 2017 program secured thus far includes support and grant awards from the Deschutes National Forest, the Ochoco National Forest, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Umpqua Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Central Oregon STEM Hub, and United Way of Deschutes County.

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

About Heart of Oregon Corps

The mission of Heart of Oregon Corps is to inspire and empower positive change in lives of young people through jobs, education and stewardship. Founded in 2000, the agency operates six job skills training and education programs across four Central Oregon counties, serving over 300 local youth per year.

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