MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ  - Applications are now being accepted for the Middlesex County Youth Conservation Corps, whose mission is to protect and preserve the more than 7,500 acres of Open Space owned and maintained by Middlesex County. The county recognizes that these natural areas must always be guarded from misuse, polluters and the forces of nature, and needs help in keeping these areas green and safe.

Conservation Corps crew members earn $8.50 per hour and will work Saturdays from Sept. 26 through Nov. 21. Work will primarily take place at County Open Spaces in Old Bridge, Monroe and South Brunswick. Students age 16 and over are encouraged to apply.

“Our Youth Conservation Corps members have been an incredible asset in maintaining and preserving our open spaces and trails,” said Freeholder Charles E. Tomaro, chair of the County’s Infrastructure Management Committee. “The lessons they learn while working together will go on to help them join the adult world, while their environmental work ensures Middlesex County will stay clean, green, and healthy.”

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“This continues to be one of our more popular programs and with good reason,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “The Youth Corps is a responsible and economical way of carrying out our land management goals while allowing the County’s youth to become involved in their community and help to improve its environment.”

Activities include trail building, litter clean-up, invasive species removal and wildlife habitat improvements. Applicants should be enthusiastic, motivated and willing to work and learn as a part of a team. Also, applicants must have the capacity to walk several miles and stand for extended periods of time, the willingness to get dirty and work outdoors in various weather conditions and the ability to use various hand tools. 

Space is limited. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and application for employment to: Scott Meyler, Middlesex County Office of Parks and Recreation, PO Box 661, New Brunswick, NJ  08903. A full job description and a link to a downloadable application can be found at http://www.co.middlesex.nj.us/About/ParksRecreation/Pages/PR/CC-Work-With-Us.aspx. Applications  must be received in the office by Aug. 7, 2015.