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Be Green While Making Some Too

Here’s a summer job where you can be good to both Mother Nature and your wallet, too.

AmeriCorps is looking for young adults 17 and older to work at outdoor, environmental community service positions in Rockland County. Service is rewarded with a living stipend, educational award and valuable experience, too.

AmeriCorps members are required to serve 300 hours during June, July and August at sites that have previously included town parks, County parks, local organic farms, Rockland County Department of Health, Clarkstown Highway Department and various town and village departments. Members will educate the public about ecological conservation and environmental health issues, conduct field research, build and maintain nature trails, teach environmental education, create gardens, patrol streams, facilitate clean ups and implement recycling programs.

Fifty hours of training are included in the 300-hour time commitment. Members will be trained by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County in areas such as environmental education, trail building, conservation, curriculum development, leadership, team building, first aid as well as a variety of other pertinent topics.

In addition, RCA members receive the benefit of a $2,000 living stipend, which is delivered in bi-weekly paychecks. At the completion of the 300 hours, members receive an additional $1,132 educational award, which must be used towards college tuition within seven years, or to pay towards an existing qualified student loan.

This is a full-time (35-40 hours per week) opportunity (considered community service, not a job) over the summer, and candidates selected for the program will have a summer schedule that will permit the completion of the 300-hour time commitment.

Applications are due by Friday, April 29th or until positions are filled. The program will begin in early June with the bulk of the service taking place in July and August. Candidates can request an application by calling 845-708-7308 or by e-mail rcamericorps@co.rockland.ny.us.

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