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Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program for the summer of 2016. This program will employ four area youth to work full-time for 8 weeks. The YCC is a federally funded work-learn-earn program aimed at developing an appreciation and understanding of the Nation’s environmental and natural heritage. The YCC has introduced young Americans to conservation opportunities on public lands since the program was created in 1970.
Participants must be at least 15 years old and cannot reach 19 during the term of employment. They must be a permanent resident of the United States and have a social security card prior to the first day of work. Projects will include facility maintenance, habitat improvement and other biological and outdoor work. The work schedule will be June 13 through August 5, Monday- Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Selected youth must be available for the entire work period; time off is not available for camps, vacations, etc. The salary is the federal minimum wage $7.25 per hour. Participants will need to provide their own transportation to and from the refuge daily. The refuge is located about 18 miles east of Rio Hondo, TX , and 17 miles north of Port Isabel, off FM106.
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