Teens can get paid to work on public lands

Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge will be hiring four high school students this summer as part of the Youth Conservation Corps program.

The eight-week program will begin June 5 and end July 28. Interested applicants must be U.S. citizens age 15 to 18. Applicants must be 15 by June 5 and cannot turn 19 on or before Aug. 7. Successful applicants will be paid the Indiana minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

The purposes of the program are to accomplish needed conservation work on public lands, provide gainful employment for 15- through 18-year-olds from all social, economic, ethnic and racial classifications and develop an understanding and appreciation of the nation’s natural environment and heritage.

Projects to be completed during the summer include trail maintenance, habitat restoration/improvement, facility maintenance, vehicle maintenance and invasive species control. There also will be environmental education opportunities.

Enrollees will do hard physical work and may be exposed to insects, poison oak and ivy, adverse weather and difficult working conditions.

Those interested may download an application at fws.gov/refuge/Muscatatuck/what_we_do/get_involved.html. Applications must be received on or before April 15 and can be mailed or delivered in person to the refuge at 12985 E. U.S. 50, Seymour, IN 47274.

Recruits will be randomly selected from applicants in early May. Students who are not selected will become alternates in the event a selected applicant cannot work. After selections are made, there will be an orientation for the enrollees at the refuge to complete the necessary employment paperwork.

Information: 812-522-4352.