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Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge will be hiring four students for Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) this summer, according to Refuge Manager Andrew Gude.
The Youth Conservation Corps is a summer employment program for young men and young women, ages 15 through 18, who work and learn together by accomplishing needed conservation projects on public lands.
The eight-week program will begin on Monday, June 18, and conclude on Friday, Aug. 10. Four students will be selected by drawing and will earn $7.67 per hour. No refuge housing is available. All participants must bring a lunch and be able to provide their own transportation to and from work. Work schedules are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The type of work to be performed includes: construction, invasive plant control, wildlife habitat maintenance, assisting with children’s nature programs, and facilities maintenance. Forty hours of natural resource conservation education and career-coaching will be incorporated into the scheduled eight weeks. This training will also provide information on Refuge natural and cultural resources as well as the responsibilities of the National Wildlife Refuge System and its parent agency, the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
For more information about the program or to receive a job application, call 352-493-0238, Ext. 223 or stop by the headquarters between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m, Monday through Friday.
Applications for the YCC summer employment program must be mailed to Lower Suwannee NWR, 16450 N.W. 31st Place, Chiefland, FL 32626, and be received no later than Saturday, May 26. Students drawn will be notified the last week of May.