News Release 036

State Parks Youth Corps job fair March 1 at Bennett Spring State Park

Volume 39-036 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, FEB. 28, 2011 -- Young Missourians have an opportunity for a summer job while learning new skills and discovering Missouri state parks and historic sites. Information about this year's State Parks Youth Corps will be provided at a job fair March 1 at Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon.

The job fair will be at the park store and will begin at 6 a.m. and continue throughout the day for the opening of trout season. Staff will be available to answer questions about the program and what opportunities are available for this year.

The State Parks Youth Corps will provide jobs for youth 17-21 years of age from April 1 through Nov. 30. Youth will earn $7.25 an hour and work throughout the state, enhancing and improving Missouri state parks and historic sites. The program also will provide them with work experience and an opportunity to learn new skills and possible careers in natural resources.

Youth corps members will perform a variety of tasks from routine maintenance work and trail construction to guided tours and social media efforts. Examples include painting buildings and repairing roofs and windows; planting trees and maintaining landscapes; building and maintaining trails; inventorying historic artifacts and native species; assisting in offices and visitor centers; and providing tours and programs.

First initiated by Gov. Nixon in 2010, the State Parks Youth Corps is a partnership between the Missouri Division of Workforce Development, the Missouri Division of State Parks, and Missouri's local Workforce Investment Boards. The local boards help recruit and place individual youth in work positions at the parks. Park staffs provide guidance and leadership to the youth workers throughout the summer.

This year's program is funded by Workforce Investment Act 15 percent funds and youth must meet Workforce Investment Act guidelines, which include low income or other eligibility requirements. Income guidelines vary from an income of $10,890 for a family of one to $37,630 for a family of eight or receiving public assistance or food stamps. Other eligibility requirements include areas such as qualifying as homeless; or being a foster child, school dropout or being deficient in basic literary skills.

Applications and additional program information, including eligibility guidelines, are available at MO.gov. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit with the local Workforce Investment Boards about eligibility guidelines.

In 2010, State Parks Youth Corps members at Bennett Spring State Park assisted in the office, campground check station and nature center; did general maintenance and trail work; and helped with interpretive efforts. In 2011, job duties may include working in the check station and office, general maintenance efforts and painting projects, assisting with greeting visitors; and interpretive efforts.

Bennett Spring State Park is located 12 miles west of Lebanon on Highway 64A. For information call the park at 417-532-4338. For information on state parks and historic sites, go to mostateparks.com.

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