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2019 Youth Conservation Corps

Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, Wetland and Riparian Improvement Project

WHAT, WHEN AND WHERE?

From January 28, 2019 until mid/late April 2019, WildEarth Guardians is organizing a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program in New Mexico. The work project will be located at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in South Albuquerque. The project will focus on harvesting plant material from the Bosque del Apache NWR,  and transporting and planting material in the newly created Valle de Oro NWR. Project will also include planting wetland seed plugs, native grass seeding, fencing work, and noxious weed removal. Camping may be necessary for two to three weeks while harvesting at the Bosque de Apache NWR. WildEarth Guardians’ YCC program strives to provide employment and job training for youth interested in a natural resource management career. The program is a combination of training and fieldwork. The WildEarth Guardians’ YCC program is funded through the New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps Commission.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

Individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 who will be able to commute daily to both south Albuquerque and Bosque del Apache. Applicants must be unemployed at the time of application and a New Mexico resident. WildEarth Guardians will select 8-10 crew members.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

The WildEarth Guardians’ YCC program includes training opportunities throughout the work period in the areas of Forestry, Hydrology, Wildlife Biology and Rangeland sciences. Work projects will require extensive manual labor and may include forestry work, building or removing fencing, weed removal and planting native vegetation. Participants will participate in a Forest Workers Safety Certification Course, Chainsaw Certification Course, and become certified in First Aid and CPR.

WHEN DO YOU NEED TO BE AVAILABLE?

All crew members will be required to be available on the jobsite Monday through Friday, starting on Monday January 28, 2018, for orientation and training, and work through the end of April 2019.

WHAT ABOUT LODGING, FOOD, AND GEAR?

Crew-members will commute daily to the jobsite. The following equipment must be provided by the corps member:

  • Solid work boots – Preferably Steel Toe
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Rain/Snow Gear
  • Long pants
  • Daily lunch
  • Camping may be an option near the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, south of Socorro, NM.

WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT?

  • Hourly wage of $11.50 with an opportunity of a pay increase based on performance
  • Training in Restoration Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife Biology and Rangeland Sciences – all skills that are relevant to a variety of careers
  • First Aid and CPR certification
  • Forest Workers Safety and Chainsaw certifications
  • The ability to work as a team to improve the health and utility of New Mexico’s public lands

HOW TO GET MORE INFORMATION

You can get more information by visiting WildEarth Guardians website or by contacting Jim Matison via e-mail at jmatison@wildearthguardians.org.

HOW DO YOU APPLY?

You may obtain an application by visiting the WildEarth Guardians’ website at wildearthguardians.org/ycc.

Applications must be received by WildEarth Guardians no later than January 15, 2019.

Applications may be submitted via email to Jim Matison at jmatison@wildearthguardians.org

Or sent via US Mail to:

WildEarth Guardians

Attn: Jim Matison

516 Alto Street

Santa Fe, NM 87501

WHEN DO YOU HEAR BACK FROM US?

We will review all applications and select candidates for interviews immediately after the January 15 deadline. We will call you by January 16, if you are selected for an interview. Interviews will be conducted during the following week. Successful applicants will be invited to participate in the program.