FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2021
Kim Burgos (845) 364-2937
Kathy Galione (845) 364-2932
Positions Available for Rockland County Youth Bureau’s
Summer 2021 Conservation Corps Program
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. Responsibilities include educating the public about water stewardship, ecological conservation and environmental health issues, fieldwork and data collection, building and maintaining nature trails, teaching environmental education, planting gardens, patrolling streams, connecting young adults to their local environment, facilitating clean ups and implementing food recovery programs, among others. 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. Members are required to serve 350 hours between June 1st and August 20th 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 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 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 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.
Applications are due Friday, April 2, 2021. The program begins on June 1, 2021, with most of the service taking place June through August. Candidates can request an application by phone (845) 364-2937/2932 or by e-mail [email protected].