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Park Service Recruiting Next Generation of Environmental Stewards

The Maryland Conservation Corps Wants You!

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now recruiting 35 full-time individuals, between the ages of 17 to 25, for the Maryland Conservation Corps, an award-winning AmeriCorps program that engages young adults in extensive conservation and natural resource management projects that enhance Maryland’s public lands and waterways.

The program is seeking recruits to participate in the 11-month effort, beginning in September 2017 and ending in early August 2018. Apply today.

Maryland Conservation Corps crew members gain valuable hands-on training and experience as they help restore the Chesapeake Bay; protect forests by caring for and planting native trees; preserve wildlife habitats; maintain park trails, picnic areas, campsites and playgrounds; and partake in environmental education and interpretive programming.

“The Maryland Conservation Corps connects interested young adults with our state’s treasured natural resources,” Secretary Mark Belton said. “Through service to our citizens and our environment, crew members become knowledgeable stewards while gaining valuable career, life and social skills.”

Managed by the Maryland Park Service, the Maryland Conservation Corps provides the opportunity for skill development and personal growth through a supportive, team-based environment, emphasizing the satisfaction of completing projects that benefit Maryland’s natural resources. Under the supervision of staff, individuals work in crews of 5-7 members dispersed throughout the state.

“Our park rangers and staff rely on crew members to bring projects to completion each and every year,” Maryland Park Service Superintendent Nita Settina said. “Marylanders selected to participate in this highly-competitive program take great satisfaction in knowing they are making a positive and tangible contribution to their communities and state. Every year, we have participants from around the state as well as from across the country.”

To be considered, individuals must submit an online application along with a writing sample, which will be reviewed by department staff. Placement will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The program receives funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism and Maryland Department of Natural Resources.