State parks jobs open for youth

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SPYC youth assist at Cunningham Park in Joplin following destruction from the May 2011 tornadoMay 1st marks the opening date for applications for local youth to apply for summer jobs in state parks across Southwest Missouri.  Dozens of jobs are available to eligible VOICES youth at Roaring River State Park in Cassville, the Truman Birthplace in Lamar, and Prairie State Park near Liberal.

Missouri’s widely-regarded State Parks Youth Corps (SPYC) is back again for 2012. This popular program won a national parks award in 2011 and has put hundreds of young Missourians to work with the state’s parks and historic sites, learning work skills while experiencing Missouri’s beautiful outdoors and putting money in their pockets.

“The State Parks Youth Corps has been of tremendous benefit to our state parks and historic sites in its first two years, and we want to keep that positive momentum going in 2012,” in accolades by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said. “The young people who have served in the SPYC program have brought a new energy to our state park system, beautifying and improving these cherished state resources for everyone to enjoy. I encourage young Missourians who want a job that is interesting and challenging, that gets them outdoors, to apply.”

State Parks Youth Corps (SPYC) is administered by Missouri’s workforce investment boards in partnership with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks. In addition to the valuable work experience, the young people will still receive guidance from parks supervisors and assistance from youth counselors from the state’s Missouri Career Centers.  As the number of openings for the 2012 State Parks Youth Corps are limited in each park and income eligibility is required, program officials encourage interested youth to apply today.