Apply Now For MCC Summer Conservation Work Program For High School Youth

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High school youth looking for summer work are encouraged to apply now one of 85 positions available with the Minnesota Conservation Corps (MCC) Summer Youth Program.

Youth, ages 15-18, will be based at a residential program site in St. Croix State Park for eight weeks. They will travel in crews led by staff members to various state and federal lands to camp out and work on conservation projects.

“Participants can expect to work hard on projects such as trail construction, erosion control, bridge and boardwalk building, and invasive exotic plant removal,” said Eric Antonson, MCC youth programs manager.

The outdoor residential nature of MCC provides a unique opportunity for youth to develop and strengthen leadership skills, work ethic, camping skills, and an understanding and appreciation for the natural environment.

Weekend activities include canoe trips, wilderness hikes and high-adventure challenges. The program runs June 21 through Aug. 15, and participants earn a stipend of $180 per week with room and board provided.

MCC, which hires an equal number of males and females, encourages minority youth to apply. Up to 20 deaf and hard-of-hearing youth, who will work with deaf staff and trained sign language interpreters, will also be hired.

To receive an application, contact Eric Antonson in the MCC office at Eric [dot] Antonson [at] conservationcorps [dot] org or 651-209-9900.

The Minnesota Conservation Corps was created in 1981 by the Minnesota Legislature to do two things – engage youth and young adults in enhancing natural resources and provide opportunities for training and life skills development.