Applications still be accepted for YCC summer program

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

The 2015 Youth Conservation Corps program on the Shasta McCloud Management Unit of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest is still accepting applications for the upcoming summer season.

Applications must be received no later than close of business May 1 at the Mount Shasta Ranger Station.

As of April 23, not enough applications had been received for the 16 positions available, according to Marcus Nova, Assistant Resource Officer for the Shasta McCloud Management Unit on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

This youth employment program 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 2015 YCC program begins June 22 and ends on Aug. 7.

Applicants must be 15 to 18 years of age. Enrollees must be 15 by June 20, 2015 and cannot turn 19 during the program.

A typical YCC crew is made up of seven people, which includes six YCC enrollees and one adult crew-leader. It is planned to fill two crews and a four-person greenhouse crew for a total of 16 positions, eight boys and eight girls.

Those chosen for the positions by a random drawing May 4 at 10 a.m. at the Mount Shasta Ranger Station, must be able to report to work each day, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The SMMU is expecting to field two crews who will perform natural resource based projects on the unit and one four-person crew to work at the greenhouse located on the historic Mount Shasta compound.

The program includes educational field trips to the Lava Beds National Monument, McArthur-Burney Falls State Park, and a final graduation day at Lake Siskiyou.

“For 39 years the Shasta McCloud Management Unit has sponsored the YCC program,” said Nova. “The skills and work ethics the YCC kids learn during their tour are valuable tools that they may use long after they graduate from the program.”

Applications are available at the Mount Shasta Ranger Station, 204 W. Alma Street; and the McCloud Ranger Station, 2019 Forest Road.

Applications are also available at the Mount Shasta, Weed, Dunsmuir, McCloud, Jefferson and Yreka High Schools.

A mandatory orientation for those selected by the drawing, alternates, and their parents will be held at Mount Shasta City Park in May, date TBD.

“I believe this is a terrific opportunity for young men and women to work and learn about how we manage our National Forests,” Nova said. “It is an experience these kids will always cherish.”

Contact Marcus Nova at 530-926-9606 for information.