Depart­ment re­cruits young adults for con­ser­va­tion corps

Maryland Independent - - On The Agenda -

The Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources is re­cruit­ing 17- to 25-year-olds for the Mary­land Con­ser­va­tion Corps, an award-win­ning Amer­iCorps pro­gram that en­gages young adults in ex­ten­sive nat­u­ral re­source man­age­ment and park con­ser­va­tion projects across the state.

The pro­gram seeks to hire 35 full-time crew mem­bers for an 11-month pe­riod, be­gin­ning in Oc­to­ber.

In an av­er­age year, Mary­land Con­ser­va­tion Corps mem­bers will: • Con­duct in­ter­pre­tive pro­grams; • Help pre­serve rich his­tor­i­cal her­itage sites; • Im­prove park na­ture cen­ters; • Main­tain hun­dreds of miles of trails; • Plant thou­sands of trees; • Pro­vide en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram­ming for stu­dents; • Re­store wildlife habi­tat; • Sup­port the im­prove­ment of the Chesapeake and coastal bays;

• Work with schools to plant bay grasses.

To be con­sid­ered, in­ter­ested in­di­vid­u­als must sub­mit an on­line ap­pli­ca­tion along with a writ­ing sam­ple. Depart­ment staff will re­view each ap­pli­ca­tion and, if ap­pro­pri­ate, in­vite the ap­pli­cant to an in­ter­view, con­duct ref­er­ence checks and pro­vide a match­ing op­por­tu­nity at one of the ser­vice sites. Place­ment will be on a first­come, first-served ba­sis.

The Mary­land Con­ser­va­tion Corps pro­gram is funded, in part, by the Cor­po­ra­tion for Na­tional and Com­mu­nity Ser­vice, the Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice on Ser­vice and Volunteerism, the Corps Net­work and the Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources.

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