CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- Teens or college students interested in the environment, might want to consider applying with the Rockland County Youth Bureau for their 2016 summer internships with the Rockland Conservation & Service Corps (RCSC), according to a press release.
"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 County Executive Ed Day. "For future college graduates, internships play a key role in giving them an edge in the hiring process. An experience with the RCSC takes them beyond the classroom, helps them understand the importance of civic-minded conservation and opens their eyes to the array of careers out there."
Conservation Corps summer interns, who must be 17 years old, are paid a stipend to perform a variety of outdoor, environmental community service projects throughout the county.
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 Town of Clarkstown Planning Department, the Town of Ramapo, the Rockland County Drainage Agency, Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority and Cornell Cooperative Extension.
During the internship, 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.
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, and safety, as well as a variety of other pertinent topics.
In addition, RCSC members receive the benefit of a $2,100 stipend, which is paid in bi-weekly paychecks.
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.
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