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Fort Sumter is hiring for Summer Youth Conservation Corps

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Are you a teenager looking for a challenging summer job? If so, you may be interested in working for the National Park Service as a member of the Youth Conservation Corps at Fort Sumter National Monument. The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) was established by Public Law 93-408 as a summer employment program for young men and women between the ages of 15-18 who work, learn and earn together on projects that further the development and conservation of the natural and cultural resources of the United States.

This job entails physical work outdoors in temperatures sometimes above 90°. The work this summer will be helping to maintain several historic sites within the park. In addition to these tasks, the park will provide environmental education and field trips to other parks.

Applications are available from March 13-April 21 at the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center, located at 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily or you may download one from: here Cut off for accepting applications will be 4:00 p.m. April 21, 2014. Applications may be returned to the park in person; mailed to Fort Sumter National Monument, 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482; or faxed to (843) 883-3910 to the attention of Megan Valentine.

The park will randomly draw the names of five young people to work this summer, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, paid at minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Applicants must be available for work from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, 40 hours per week beginning on June 9th and ending on August 1st with no unexcused absences and no vacations.

Applicants must be permanent residents of the United States, have a Social Security card, have a desire and willingness to work outdoors and have no history of serious crime or anti-social behavior that might create safety problems. In addition your parent or legal guardian must consent to your working and be able to provide the proper type of work clothing such as long sleeved shirts, jeans and work boots. A mandatory orientation for applicants and parents will be held Monday, May 5th at 6:30pm to provide further details.

For more information please call Megan Valentine at (843) 883-3123, ext. 10 or Sandy Pusey at ext. 12.

Source: NPS press release

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