Young Missourians encouraged to work for state parks
By Newsdesk KRCG
Thu, 02 May 2013 08:15:00 GMT — During a stop at Rock Bridge State Park Wednesday, Gov. Jay Nixon encouraged young people ages 17 to 23 to apply for summer jobs with the State Parks Youth Corps program.The program, which is in its fourth year, works to enhance Missouri's 87 state parks and historical parks. It's a cooperative partnership between the Division of Workforce Development and Missouri State Parks."Over the past three summers here at Rock Bridge, the young men and women of the State Parks Youth Corps have maintained many miles of trails, re-shingled and painted shelter houses and other buildings, and have helped park volunteers in leading tours of Connorâ??s Cave," Gov. Nixon said. "At Finger Lakes State Park, theyâ??ve built four miles of new trails for mountain bikes; repaired trails, fences and buildings; and replaced the parkâ??s front gate."Just last month, Missouri was named â??Best Trails Stateâ?? by the organization American Trails, and the quality of the trails in our state parks was a major factor in that selection," Gov. Nixon said. "The work of SPYC statewide on trails and other projects helped provide the 18 million people who visited Missouri State Parks last year with an even better experience, and weâ??re going to build on that success again this year."Missourians ages 17 and 23 who meet eligibility requirements work at state parks and historic sites through Oct. 31. Applications are being accepted online at MO.gov.
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