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High School, College Students Sought For County Youth Conservation Corps

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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 April 2 through June 11. 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. Applications must be received in the office by Feb. 16, 2016.

“The seasons may change from fall to spring, but what remains the same is that Middlesex County needs help in keeping its environment green and safe,” said Freeholder Charles E. Tomaro, chair of the County’s Infrastructure Management Committee. “Our Youth Conservation Corps members have been an incredible asset in maintaining and preserving our open spaces and trails.”

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“The Board of Chosen Freeholders is very proud of the success of this program, and of the efforts of its young workers,” 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 introducing young Americans to conservation activities.”

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 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 employment application 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.

For more information, call Scott Meyler at 732-745-3064.

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