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Teens may apply now for summer jobs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has jobs for 11 teenagers this summer, the National Park Service said today.

The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program is a work-learn-earn program for 15-18 year-olds. Deadline to apply is May 4, 2013.

Participants are paid $7.25 an hour for the 40-hour work week. The program runs from June 9 to August 17, and applicants should be prepared to work the entire length of the program. Youth jobs include working as part of a crew to do a variety of manual labor tasks, normally outdoors. The crews perform work such as staining, painting, and caulking the exterior of park buildings and work as grounds maintenance (mowing grass, picking up trash) and trails rehabilitation.

No experience is necessary. Participants will be selected by random draw from the pool of applications.

National Lakeshore Superintendent Constantine Dillon invited all interested teenagers to apply. “This is a great chance for local youths to become involved in their national park and earn some money,” Dillon said. “It’s an opportunity for youths to work outside in the beauty of the National Lakeshore and learn more about the area they live in.”

To be eligible participants must be U.S. citizens and 15 years old before June 9 but not turn 19 before August 17, the ending date of the program.

The YCC application form is available through high school guidance offices or from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Human Resources Office at (219) 395-1721. The forms are also available on the National Lakeshore website at