High School, College Students Sought For County Youth Conservation Corps

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY—Applications are now being accepted for fall positions with 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 7,000 acres of Open Space owned and maintained by Middlesex County.

High school and college students, age 16 and over, are encouraged to apply.
Conservation Corps crew members earn $8.50 per hour and will work Saturdays from Sept. 19 to Nov. 14.  Work will take place primarily at the 1,700-acre John A. Phillips Preserve in Old Bridge and the 825-acre Thompson Park Conservation Area in Monroe. Additional projects are planned at other County open space parcels.

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“Our Youth Conservation Corps members continue to be an integral part of our efforts to maintain beautiful, open lands for our residents to enjoy,” said Freeholder Director Stephen J. “Pete” Dalina, chair of the County’s Parks and Recreation Committee.

Fall activities include trail building, reforestation projects, litter clean-up and wildlife habitat improvements.

Applicants should be enthusiastic, self motivated, willing to work and learn as a part of a team and should reside in Middlesex County.

Additional qualifications include the capacity to walk several miles and stand for extended periods of time, willingness to get dirty and work outdoors in various weather conditions and the ability to use a variety of hand tools.

Space is limited. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and application for employment to: Valerie Lysenko, Middlesex County Department of Parks and Recreation, PO Box 661, New Brunswick, NJ  08903. Applications can be downloaded at www.co.middlesex.nj.us/personnel/index.asp and must be received by Aug. 21.

A complete job description can be found at the Middlesex County Department of Parks and Recreation Web site, www.co.middlesex.nj.us/parksrecreation/index.asp. Click on the Middlesex County Conservation Corps tab for a link to the job description. For more information, call Valerie Lysenko at (732) 745-3064.


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