New City, NY, – County Executive Ed Day today announced that the Rockland County Youth Bureau is accepting applications for the 2021 Rockland Conservation & Service Corps (RCSC).
Celebrating its’ 21st year, Rockland Conservation Corps members perform a variety of outdoor, environmental community service projects throughout the Rockland region. Corps Members initially participate in a 2-week training session that includes a variety of education and service-learning projects such as water quality analysis, professional development, trail building and park stewardship, Hudson river ecology, horticulture/agriculture trainings and safety training, among others. They are then assigned to an environmental site where they will serve for the remainder of the summer. Sites include, but are not limited to:
· Stream Analysis and Blockage Removal
· Hudson River Mentor-Educator for High School Youth
· Hudson River Fish Advisory Outreach and Education
· Invasive Species – Spotted Lantern Fly, Location Mapping and Fieldwork
· Nature Center Staff & Education
· Stormwater Management & Compliance: Infrastructure Assessment and Mapping
· County Park Stewardship and Trail Management
· Aquatic Passivity Stream Crossing Infrastructure Inspection and Fieldwork.
Overall, Corps Members will take an active role in beautifying, protecting and preserving Rockland’s parks, open spaces and valued resources.
To be considered, students must be at least 18 and available to start the full-time, 350-hour program by June 1st.
“This is a great opportunity for students to gain work experience, earn money and make a lasting contribution to our community,” said County Executive Day. “This is an experience that goes far beyond the classroom and will set you on a path to success; I encourage students to get involved.”
Members are paid a $2,300 stipend for their summer of service. In addition to the living-stiped, 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 physically challenging outdoor activities that may include adverse weather conditions.
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.
A few positions remain open and recruitment will close once they are filled. The program begins on June 1, 2021 and concludes August 20th. Candidates can request an application by phone (845) 364-2937/2932 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.