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16- to 18-year-olds in Central Oregon can apply for work; pay is $12 per hour, 36 hours per week.

Central Oregon Youth Conservation Corps is accepting applications for summer employment through the end of May. Both students and crew leaders are encouraged to apply.

The corps provides youths ages 16 to 18 with opportunities to gain job skills and learn more about natural resources, while improving public lands and reducing the threat of wildfires in the community.

Crew leaders will be responsible for leading youth work groups throughout the summer, mentoring and ensuring their safety while working with land management agencies on public lands improvement projects.

Nearly 100 local youths will be selected for the competitive summer program. They earn $12 an hour and work 36 hours a week. Hands-on projects in Central Oregon's beautiful forests and high deserts include building trails, maintaining fences, piling hazardous fuels, restoring campgrounds and improving wildlife habitat on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland.

The program runs from July 6 through Aug. 20. Participants will work nine hours a day Monday through Thursday. They meet daily in Madras, Warm Springs, Bend, Redmond, Sisters, Prineville, La Pine and Crescent.

"We're excited to be moving forward with the program. There's a lot of work going in to making sure we can safely run crews and hire local young people this summer, and we're thankful for the support of the Central Oregon communities that these crews work in," said Tyler McRae, Heart of Oregon Corps Summer Program Manager. "We still need more applicants, especially in Sisters and La Pine/Gilchrist/Crescent."

Heart of Oregon Corps operates the Central Oregon Youth Conservation Corps program in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, with funding from numerous partners across Central Oregon.

Applications must be received by May 31 and are available online at www.heartoforegon.org.


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