Sign up now - Missouri State Parks Youth Corps

By Heartland News

BONNE TERRE, MO (KFVS) - The deadline is almost up for southeast Missouri youth to apply for paid summer jobs with the State Parks Youth Corps.

Governor Jay Nixon urged young people ages 17 to 24 on Monday to apply before the April 16 deadline.

The State Parks Youth Corps will hire about 1,000 young people in paid jobs at one of 85 state parks and historic sites from May 1 to September 30.

Jobs include trail-building, plant and animal surveying, landscaping and maintenance. Other youth can help lead tours and educational programs, design marketing campaigns and help in the park offices.

Nixon says although the deadline is quickly approaching, there are a few slots still available. He urges young Missourians to not miss out on this opportunity and visit to become part of the corps that will preserve, protect and promote Missouri's natural beauty and vibrant history.

Some locations southeast Missouri youth can work at are St. Francois State Park in Bonne Terre and Hawn State Park near Ste. Genevieve.

Youth who sign up to work will make $7.25 an hour and be eligible to work for 240 hours. Applicants are chosen by parks staff and counselors from the 14 local Workforce Investment Boards.

The Youth Corps is a partnership between the Missouri Division of Workforce Development and the Missouri Division of State Parks.

Funding for the program comes from the federal Workforce Investment Act and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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