Youth Conservation Corps seeks applicants for open space work

The Middlesex County Youth Conservation Corps seeks applicants to join its ranks and become stewards of the environment.

“Our Youth Conservation Corps members have been an incredible asset in maintaining and preserving our open spaces and trails,” said Freeholder Charles E. Tomaro, the chair of the county’s Infrastructure Management Committee. “The lessons they learn while working together will go on to help them join the adult world, while their environmental work ensures Middlesex County will stay clean, green, and healthy.”

Conservation Corps’ crew members earn $8.50 per hour, and work Saturdays from Sept. 26 through Nov. 21. Work will primarily take place at county open spaces in Old Bridge, Monroe and South Brunswick. Students age 16 and over are encouraged to apply.

“This continues to be one of our more popular programs, and with good reason,” Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios said. “The Youth Corps is a responsible and economical way of carrying out our land-management goals while allowing the county’s youth to become involved in their community and help to improve its environment.”

Activities include trail building, litter clean-up, invasive species removal and wildlife habitat improvements. Applicants should be enthusiastic, motivated, and willing to work and learn as a part of a team. Also, applicants must have the capacity to walk several miles and stand for extended periods of time, the willingness to get dirty and work outdoors in various weather conditions, and the ability to use various hand tools.

Space is limited. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and application for employment to Scott Meyler, Middlesex County Office of Parks and Recreation, PO Box 661, New Brunswick, N.J. 08903. A full job description and a link to a downloadable application can be found at CC-Work-With-Us.aspx. Applications must be received in the office by Aug. 7, 2015.