Teenagers have an opportunity to perform a valuable public service while enjoying being outdoors in Joshua Tree National Park.  Ranger Pam Tripp tells how to become part of the Youth Conservation Corps…

This summer, Joshua Tree National Park will sponsor an eight-week, Youth Conservation Corps program. 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, and continue in the program until August 7.  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 will be labor intensive and performed throughout the park. Proposed projects include trail construction and maintenance, resource habitat improvement, and resource restoration.

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

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