News Release 070

State Parks Youth Corps job fairs March 30 and April 4 Planned in Marshall

Volume 39-070 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., MARCH 18, 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 two job fairs planned in Marshall.

Van Meter State Park staff will be providing information about the State Parks Youth Corps positions at two job fairs. The first fair is March 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the third floor ballroom of the Ferguson Building of Missouri Valley College at 500 E. College in Marshall. On April 4, staff will attend the Missouri Valley Community Action Agency job fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, located at 475 South Davis in Marshall. Park Staff will be available to answer questions about the program and what opportunities are available for this year at Van Meter State Park near Miami and Arrow Rock State Historic Site in Arrow Rock.

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.

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.

In 2010, State Parks Youth Corps members at Van Meter State Park assisted with planting trees, erosion work on Lakeview Trail & Cemetery Trail, built a gate and bridge on the service road, and built beaver deterrent fence at marsh gates. In 2011, job duties may include building maintenance, constructing a new trail, park cleanup, assisting in office and cultural center, or providing tours and programs.

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.

For information about the job fair call the site at 660-886-7537. For information on Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com.

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