Conservation work/education program recruiting

Central Oregon forests will benefit

Conservation work for teens

Youths 16 to 18 years old can apply for eight weeks of summer employment with the Central Oregon Youth Conservation Corps.

The Heart of Oregon Corps is recruiting for the education and work program, which provides natural resource employment for conservation projects in the Ochoco and Deschutes national forests, according to a news release.

Nearly 100 applicants will be selected for the summer program. They will earn $9.10 per hour working 36 hours a week. Projects include building trails, maintaining fences, piling hazardous fuels, restoring campgrounds, improving wildlife habitat and doing other types of conservation work, according to the release.

Youths will work nine hours a day, Monday through Thursday, from June 23 to Aug. 14, with crews based in Crescent, Bend, Sisters, Redmond, Prineville, La Pine and Madras.

Applications must be received by May 1 and are available online at www.heartoforegon.org.

Contact: Lynn Roby, 541-416-6542.

— From staff reports