Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) is encouraging young adults in need of summer employment and training to apply for Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps (YHCC) with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Department of Transportation (INDOT).
Participants who work with DNR will revitalize historic buildings, create and rehabilitate trials and restore natural habitat areas. Participants who work at INDOT facilities will work in emergency cleanup, maintenance of traffic signs, equipment refurbishing and beautification of Indiana's highway rest areas and interchanges.
"The opportunities the Departments of Natural Resources and Transportation are offering could not have come at a better time," said Rep. Cherry. "May is just around the corner with high school and college students or graduates are starting to think about summer jobs-what perfect timing.
"Those interested should most definitely look into this opportunity, if not apply right away. You will be working toward improving Indiana as a state, while learning and having a great time along the way."
The program has expanded from last year to include approximately 2,000 positions for Hoosiers between the ages of 18-24 at more than 30 INDOT and 80 DNR locations. The positions pay $8.50 per hour and last approximately 16 weeks.
In addition, the program will hire and train youth supervisors. YHCC youth supervisors will work 18-24 weeks and earn $9.50 per hour.
"The new youth supervisor positions are a great way for someone to get real-life experiences that will help prepare them for management positions later on in life."
All positions will begin no earlier than May 3 and are scheduled to end October 2. Interested Hoosiers can begin applying immediately at www.in.gov/yhcc.
In 2009, participants renovated 380 buildings and 50 historic buildings; created 30 miles of new trails; rehabilitated 500 miles of existing trails; and restored 4,700 acres of natural habitat.