Are you 15-18 years old and looking for meaningful summertime work after this school year ends? Well, look no further, the Shasta McCloud Management Unit (SMMU) of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest will once again be fielding two Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) work crews. This youth employment program provides an opportunity for young men and women of diverse backgrounds to learn new skills while participating in outdoor work projects that preserve National Forest System land and will benefit the local area for decades to come.
The 2019 YCC program begins June 24 and ends around August 2, lasting from 6-10 weeks. Applicants must be 15 to 18 years of age and must at least be 15 by June 24, 2019 and cannot turn 19 during the program. A typical YCC crew is made up of seven people, which includes six YCC enrollees and one adult crew-leader. This year, the program will host a minimum of two crews. The chosen enrollees must be able to report to work each day at the Mt. Shasta Ranger Station, Monday-Friday and work from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The crew members will perform natural resource-based projects throughout the Shasta–Trinity National Forest area. The enrollees will find the work difficult at times but extremely rewarding. They will learn teamwork, proper hand tool use, forest sustainability and what it takes to be successful in the workforce. The enrollees will enjoy educational field trips and a final graduation day.
“We are very excited this season and highly encourage those who are interested to apply for this unique job opportunity,” said Assistant Recreation Officer Marcus Nova. “The Shasta McCloud Management Unit has sponsored the YCC program for over 45 years. The skills and work ethics the YCC youth learn during their tour are invaluable. This program changes lives and creates future leaders.”
Applications will be available April 1 at the Mt. Shasta Ranger Station (204 W. Alma St., Mt. Shasta) and the McCloud Ranger Station (2019 Forest Rd., McCloud) and must be received no later than close of business May 3 at the Mt. Shasta or McCloud Ranger Stations. Business hours at both stations are Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Applications will also be available at the Mount Shasta, Weed, Dunsmuir, McCloud, Jefferson and Yreka High School. Enrollees will be chosen in a random drawing by members of the Mount Shasta community during a public meeting at the Mount Shasta Ranger Station in May, date to be determined. There will be a mandatory orientation for the chosen enrollees, alternates, and their parents at the Mt. Shasta City Park in May, date TBD. Please contact Program Coordinator Marcus Nova at (530) 926-9606 for more information.
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