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Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2016
Contact: Jane Lerner, Director of Strategic Communications

Office of the County Executive (845) 638-5645

Kathy Galione (845) 708-7307 (RCSC)

ROCKLAND CONSERVATION & SERVICE CORPS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER 2016 PROGRAM

NEW CITY, NY -- County Executive Ed Day today announced that the Rockland County Youth Bureau is accepting applications for 2016 Rockland Conservation & Service Corps.

"This is a great opportunity for students who are 17 and older to gain work experience, earn money and making a lasting contribution to their community," said Day. "This is an experience that goes beyond the classroom."

Conservation Corps Members are paid a $2,100 stipend to perform a variety of outdoor, environmental community service projects throughout Rockland.

Members typically educate the public about ecological conservation and environmental health issues, conduct field research, build and maintain nature trails, teach environmental education at camps, create gardens, patrol streams, facilitate clean ups and implement recycling programs.

"It's a terrific way to build a resume, get work experience, be outdoors all summer, make contacts and meet new friends," said Kathy Galione, Youth Bureau program director.

To be considered, students must be at least 17. Members are required to serve 350 hours between June 1 and August 12 at local sites, including the Rockland County Division of Environmental Resources, the Clarkstown Planning Department, the Town of Ramapo, the Rockland County Drainage Agency, Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority and Cornell Cooperative Extension, among others.

"I am extremely proud of our Conservation Corps summer program and the opportunity it provides college students to gain valuable experience in their chosen field," said Day. "For future college graduates, internships play a key role in giving them an edge in the hiring process. It also helps them understand the importance of civic-minded conservation and opens their eyes to an array of careers."

Fifty hours of training at Cornell Cooperative Extension are included in the 350-hour time commitment. 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.

The $2,100 living stipend is paid bi-weekly. Members will also earn valuable work and service experience, network professionally and socially, potentially earn college credit and make improvements in the community.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate their enthusiasm for environmental issues, be committed to serving their community and be willing to participate in outdoor activities that include hot and rainy weather conditions and wet and/or wooded environments.

This is a full-time (35-40 hours per week) opportunity (considered community service, not a job) over the summer, and candidates who apply, interview and are selected for the program will have a summer schedule that will permit the completion of the 350-hour time commitment.

Applications are accepted until positions are filled. The program begins June 1 with the most of the service taking place June through August. Candidates can request an application by phone (845) 708-7307/7308 or by e-mail rcamericorps@co.rockland.ny.us.