The Trustees of Reservations is accepting applicants for its South Coast Youth Corps program.
The South Coast Youth Corps offers in-depth learning and leadership opportunities for youth ages 16 to 19 who are interested in outdoor environmental work. This summer, The Trustees is teaming up with the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance to hire over 30 young people in four crews based in New Bedford, Fall River and Westport.
Youth Corps members serve as trail guides, research assistants, community ambassadors, and farm apprentices (including at Westport Town Farm). Youths complete ecological restoration projects and trail maintenance, work in community gardens and city parks, and are trained to lead outdoor nature programs for school and community groups.
The Youth Corps program aims to increase community involvement among youth by offering young people employment that develops leadership skills and provides real benefits to the local community and environment. The South Coast Youth Corps offers a learning experience that incorporates academic and work skills into practical projects on urban open spaces as well as farms, forests, and beaches.
Applicants must be between 16 and 19 years old, demonstrate maturity, dependability, and leadership potential, and be willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions. Youth Corps members are paid $8.50 an hour for 32 hours a week during the months of July and August. To request an application contact Linton Harrington, South Coast Outreach & Education Coordinator at [email protected] or 508 636-4693 ext. 104. Completed applications are due no later than May 17.