March 2, 2007 — Looking for a rewarding summer post that comes with a chance to live and work in V.I. National Park on St. John while learning more about the environment?
If so, the Friends of the Park group would like to hear from V.I. youths interested in joining a Student Conservation Association (SCA) trail crew to repair hiking trails and restore wildlife habitats.
Friends of the V.I. Park program manager Kristen Maize said that there are slots on the crew for three youths from anywhere in territory. The SCA will send three from the mainland.
She said one leader will be selected from local applicants to work with a leader from the mainland. "We'd like a young, physically-fit science teacher," Maize said, adding that everyone is welcome to apply.
Applications are due by April 27. The job runs from June 20 through July 19.
Trail crew members receive free lodging in a tent at Cinnamon Bay Campground, along with food and transportation to the job sites.
Crew members from the Virgin Islands receive $1,000 to put toward their future education or to buy hiking boots, raincoats and other clothing needed for the trail crew job. "Most of the kids use the money for college," Maize said.
The crew leader is a salaried position.
She said since the SCA is a nationally-recognized organization, the summer position looks good on college applications and resumes.
The trail crew youths get a check when the monthlong program ends.
Youths applying for the crew jobs should be between ages 16 and 19. Crew leaders must be between 21 through 25.
For more information, call Maize at 779-4940.
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