The Winona and La Crosse Districts of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) will be hiring four students each this summer to work on a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) crew. This summer’s YCC program will begin on Monday, June 17 and end eight weeks later on Friday, August 9. Crew members will be paid $7.25 per hour for a 40-hour work week. The work week is Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Young men and women, 15 through 18 years of age, who are permanent residents of the United States, its Territories, or possessions, are eligible for employment without regard to social, economic, racial, or ethnic backgrounds.
YCC is a well-balanced work-learn-earn program that develops an understanding and appreciation in participating youth of the Nation’s environment and heritage. Crew members will work with agency staff and volunteers on a variety of biological, maintenance, and visitor service projects. The program also presents an early opportunity to explore a career in natural resources.
Teens interested in being considered for the crew must complete a YCC application form. Applications are available on-line at www.fws.gov/refuge/upper_mississippi_river/ or at either District office, Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Youth interested in working in Winona area should submit their applications to: Brian Pember, UMR Winona District, 51 East 4th Street, Room 203, Winona, MN, 55987. Youth interested in working at the La Crosse District Office should submit their applications to Kendra Niemec, UMR La Crosse District, N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, WI 54650.
Applications must be received by the office you are interested in by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2012.
Applicants will be selected by random drawing and notified by Friday, April 19, 2013. Questions about the program should be directed to Brian Pember (Winona) at 507-494-6237 or Kendra Niemec (LaCrosse) at 608-779-2386. Hiring is dependent on availability of funding.
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A year round resident on the refuge however numbers soar during the winter. Look below locks and dams where the river is not frozen. Aerial displays and pair bonding are best viewed from January through March. In winter, over 1,000 bald eagles grab fish,ducks or coots in the open water.