New City, NY, – County Executive Ed Day announced that the Rockland County Youth Bureau is accepting applications for the 2020 Rockland Conservation & Service Corps (RCSC).
Celebrating its’ 20th year, Rockland Conservation Corps members will perform a variety of outdoor, environmental community service projects throughout the Rockland region. Responsibilities include educating the public about ecological conservation and environmental health issues, conducting field research, building and maintaining nature trails, teaching environmental education, planting gardens, patrolling streams, facilitating clean ups and implementing recycling programs. Corps Members will take an active role in beautifying, protecting and preserving Rockland’s parks, open spaces and precious resources.
To be considered, students must be at least 18. Members are required to serve 350 hours between May 26th and August 14th at local sites that may include the Rockland County Division of Environmental Resources, the Clarkstown Planning Department, the Town of Ramapo, the Rockland County Drainage Agency, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Cornell Cooperative Extension, among others.
“This is a great opportunity for students to gain work experience, earn money and make a lasting contribution to their community,” said County Executive Day. “This is an experience that goes beyond the classroom while benefiting everyone involved.”
Members are paid a $2,200 stipend that is paid bi-weekly. Fifty hours of training are included in the 350-hour time commitment where members are trained in areas including environmental education, trail building, conservation, curriculum development, leadership, team building, safety as well as a variety of other pertinent topics. Members will also earn valuable work and service experience, network professionally and socially, potentially earn college credit and make improvements in the community.
“It’s a terrific way to build a resume, get work experience, be outdoors all summer, network and meet new friends,” said Kathy Galione, Youth Bureau Program Coordinator.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate their enthusiasm for environmental issues, be committed to serving their community and be willing to participate in outdoor activities that include hot and rainy weather conditions and wet and/or wooded environments.
This is a full-time, 35-40 hours per week, opportunity over the summer that is considered community service not a job. Candidates that are selected for the program will have a summer schedule that will permit the completion of the 350-hour time commitment.
Applications are due Wednesday April 1, 2020. The program begins on May 26, 2020, with most of the service taking place June through August. Candidates can request an application by phone (845) 364-2930/2932 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.