Applications available for 2017 YCC employment program

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

The 2017 Youth Conservation Corps program on the Shasta-McCloud Management Unit of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest is accepting applications for the upcoming summer season.

This youth employment program, as described in a press release, “provides an opportunity for young men and women of diverse backgrounds to work and learn new skills while participating in projects that enhance the development and conservation of our nation’s natural resources.”

The 2017 YCC program begins June 26 and ends Aug. 11, lasting seven weeks. Applicants must be 15 to 18 years of age and must be age 15 by June 26, 2017, and cannot turn 19 during the program.

Applications are available at the Mount Shasta Ranger Station, 204 W. Alma Street in Mount Shasta, the McCloud Ranger Station, 2019 Forest Road in McCloud, and at the Mount Shasta, Weed, Dunsmuir, McCloud, Jefferson and Yreka high schools.

Applications must be received no later than the close of business May 5 at the Mount Shasta or McCloud Ranger Stations.

Those selected for the program will work from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, performing natural resource based projects throughout the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

The work is described as “difficult at times, but also extremely rewarding” including lessons on teamwork, techniques of proper hand tool use, and what it takes to be successful in the workforce.

Educational field trips are included, and a final graduation day is held at Lake Siskiyou.

“For 40-plus years the Shasta McCloud Management Unit has sponsored the YCC program,” said Marcus Nova, Assistant Recreation Officer for the Unit.

The Mount Shasta YCC received a $61,000 grant from the Forest Service’s Washington Office to fund 24 youth and four crew leader positions, bringing the number of work crews to four. That is double the previous year’s number and the largest program since 2011.

“We’re really excited and hope folks take advantage of this exciting job opportunity by applying,” Nova states in a press release. “The skills and work ethic that YCC crew members learn during their tour are invaluable. This program changes lives and creates future leaders.”

Participants will be chosen in a random drawing by members of the Mount Shasta community during a public meeting at the Mount Shasta Ranger Station at 10 a.m. on May 9.

A mandatory orientation for those chosen to participate, alternates, and their parents will be held at Mt. Shasta City Park in May, on a date to be determined.

For more information contact program coordinator Jon Dove at 530-926-9653 or Marcus Nova at 530-926-9606.