If you live near Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and your teen needs a job for the summer, touch bases with lakeshore officials now.
The lakeshore on Lake Michigan has jobs for 11 teenagers. The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program is a work-learn-earn program for 15-18 year-olds. Deadline to apply is May 4.
Participants are paid $7.25 an hour for the 40-hour work week. The program runs from June 9 to August 17, and applicants should be prepared to work the entire length of the program.
Youth jobs include working as part of a crew to do a variety of manual labor tasks, normally outdoors. The crews perform work such as staining, painting and caulking the exterior of park buildings and work as grounds maintenance (mowing grass, picking up trash, etc.) and trails rehabilitation.
No experience is necessary. Participants will be selected by random draw from the pool of applications.
National lakeshore Superintendent Constantine Dillon invites all interested teenagers to apply.
“This is a great chance for local youths to become involved in their national park and earn some money,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for youths to work outside in the beauty of the national lakeshore and learn more about the area they live in."
To be eligible, participants must be U.S. citizens and 15 years old before June 9, but not turn 19 years old before August 17, the ending date of this summer's program. The YCC application form is available through high school guidance offices or from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Human Resources Office at 219-395-1721.
The forms are also available on the national lakeshore website.