Springfield, Colo., May 27, 2011

The USDA, Forest Service, Comanche National Grassland has several openings for summer employment through the Youth Conservation Corp (YCC) Program.

Applicants must live in Otero County and must be between the ages of 15 and 18 years of age. Applicants will need to have a parent or legal guardian's approval for employment. The salary is the state minimum wage of $7.36 per hour with wages paid every two weeks. The program is scheduled for 6 weeks of full-time employment, starting approximately June 20, 2011 and ending July 30, 2011.

The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program was created in 1970 as a summer employment program that offers young men and women the opportunity to work and learn by doing projects on public lands.

YCC crew members must be willing to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions, must provide their own lunch and must wear leather boots with non-skid soles. Major duties may include working on various road and trail maintenance, soils and water, wildlife habitat improvement, range and recreation projects.

Applications may be picked up at the Comanche Ranger District office at 1420 East Third Street, La Junta, Colorado. Completed applications must be returned to the Comanche Ranger District office by June 9, 2011. Selections will be made by June 14, 2011. For more information, please contact Michelle Stevens at 719-383-4356.

Jace Ratzlaff
Public Affairs Specialist
Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands
2840 Kachina Drive
Phone:  719-553-1428
Fax:  719-553-1416
E-mail:  jratzlaff@fs.fed.us