Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge hosts youth summer employment program

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge (APCNWR) is accepting applications for summer employment in the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program. This program offers employment to youth interested in wildlife conservation for eight weeks in an outdoor atmosphere. Enrollees will be paid the minimum wage for a 40-hour work week.

Work will begin on June 4 and end on July 27, 2018. Youth must be at least 15 years of age when the program starts and must be no more than 18 when the program ends. All applicants must be U.S. citizens and meet the eligibility requirements as set forth on the official YCC application.

No prior work experience is required, but we do encourage all youth interested in a conservation career, with a federal or state agency, to apply. Employment is without regard to social, economic, racial or ethnic background. The YCC program is for both young women and men.

The YCC program is a well-balanced work-learn program that develops an understanding and appreciation of our environment and heritage. Some of the projects the enrollees will work on are acclimation pen building, fence line clearing, litter clean-up, exotic plant removal, community service, first aid/CPR certification and environmental education.

Enrollees must furnish their own transportation to and from the refuge daily. Work hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. on April 27 at the Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR, located approximately 6.5 miles northeast of Eagle Lake or 10 miles southwest of Sealy on FM 3013. Applications can also be turned in to your local high school counselor by April 27, 2018. Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than April 24. Applications may be obtained from your local high school counsel, by calling the Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR at (979) 234-3021 ext. 232, or by writing to P.O. Box 519, Eagle Lake, Texas 77434.

Selections will be accomplished by random drawing by an impartial person outside the refuge system to ensure fair selection. A total of four applicants will be selected (two boys and two girls) along with alternates in the order they are drawn. All individuals selected must have a social security number prior to going to work. It takes about four weeks to receive a social security number after applying to the Federal Social Security Administration.

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