WHITRMIRE — The Forest Service, Enoree Ranger District is seeking young men and women, aged 15-18, who are interested in summer employment with the USDA Forest Service in the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC). Crew members will earn minimum wage (7.25 p/h), working 40 hours per week for eight weeks (May 31-July 22, 2016).
“The YCC program teaches young adults about the forest environment by engaging them in the management of its natural resources,” said Enoree District Ranger Beth LeMaster. “Students gain hands-on experience in trail building; campground maintenance and renovation; noxious weed removal and planting projects. These and other projects all serve to benefit the forest and its ecosystems. It’s a great introduction for kids interested in pursuing a natural resources career.”
Applicants must be prepared for hard physical work in an outdoor environment under potential adverse weather conditions and rough terrain. Crew members are responsible for their own daily transportation to the Enoree district office. Each participant must provide his/her own work boots, proper work clothes, a backpack and a daily lunch. The Forest Service will provide project tools and transportation to and from project work sites each morning.
The district will conduct a random drawing from the applications received and select an equal number of men and women. Applications must be submitted in “hard copy” form to USDA Forest Service, 20 Work Center Road, Whitmire, SC 29178 by April 12, 2016. E-mails will not be accepted.
Interested persons may pick up an application from guidance counselors at Union, Newberry, Chester or Laurens county schools. The Enoree district office also has applications: Enoree Ranger District, 20 Work Center Rd., Whitmire, SC 29178, telephone (803) 276-4810.
This story was submitted by the US Forest Service.