MIDDLESEX COUNTY - Applications are now being accepted for the Middlesex County Youth Conservation Corps, whose mission is to protect and preserve natural areas from misuse, polluters and the forces of nature at the more than 7,500 acres of Open Space owned and maintained by Middlesex County.

“Our Youth Conservation Corps members have been an incredible asset in maintaining and preserving our open spaces and trails,” Freeholder Charles E. Tomaro, chair of the County’s Infrastructure Management Committee said.

Conservation Corps crew members earn $8.50 per hour and will work Monday through Friday from June 29 through Aug. 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.

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The youth corps is a responsible and economical way of carrying out land management goals while introducing young Middlesex County residents to conservation activities

Activities include trail building, litter clean-up, invasive species removal and wildlife habitat improvements. Applicants should be enthusiastic, self-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.

For more information on the Middlesex County Youth Conservation Corps, call Scott Meyler at 732-745 -3064.

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.

Applications can be downloaded by clicking on Employment Application and must be received by May 8, 2015.

A full job description can be found at the Office of Parks and Recreation