Applications are now being accepted for the Middlesex County Youth Conservation Corps, whose mission is to protect and preserve the more than 8,000 acres of Open Space owned and maintained by Middlesex County.
The county recognizes that these natural areas must always be guarded from misuse, polluters, and the forces of nature, and needs help in keeping these areas green and safe.
Conservation Corps crew members earn $10.50 per hour and will work Saturdays from Sept. 21 through Nov. 23. 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.
“Maintaining and preserving our open spaces and trails is a challenging task, and our Youth Conservation Corps has continued to rise to that challenge,” said Freeholder Charles Kenny, chair of the county’s Infrastructure Management Committee. “This program has helped countless young people learn valuable skills, such as cooperation and responsibility, while their environmental work ensures Middlesex County will stay clean, green and healthy.”
“The Board of Chosen Freeholders has always been very proud of the Youth Conservation Corps and the remarkable work it has done to improve the environment of our County,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “The County is devoted to its land management goals as well as the personal development of its younger residents. This program allows the County to reach both goals in a responsible and economical way.”
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 resume for employment to:
Middlesex County Office of Parks and Recreation
PO Box 661
New Brunswick, NJ 08903.
A full job description can be found at middlesexcountynj.gov. Search “Work With Us.” Letters of interest must be received in the office by Aug. 2. For more information, call Griffith Boyd at 732-745-3064.