Manzanar National Historic Site will sponsor a six-weeklong Youth Conservation Corps program this summer. Youths 15-18 are encouraged to apply, provided they do not reach their 19th birthday before Aug. 4.
YCC team members will work June 26-Aug. 4, earning the Federal minimum wage of $10 per hour. The YCC team will work at MNHS under the supervision of National Park Service staff Monday-Friday from 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Those selected will need to provide their own transportation to work and will be required to have their own checking or savings account for payroll direct deposit before they begin.
“We have had YCC crews since 2002 and have given local youth an opportunity to learn about American history and to participate in preserving resources associated with this part of the Owens Valley,” said Superintendent Bernadette Johnson. “Last summer, the crew included members from Bishop, Independence and Lone Pine, so we look forward to seeing this year’s applications.”
The YCC team will focus on the preservation of resources associated with the confinement of Japanese Americans during World War II, the Manzanar orchard community and the local Paiute.
The crew will also have opportunities to visit other historically significant areas in the valley in order to gain a more complete understanding of Owens Valley history and the issues facing the protection of these resources in the future.
Applications may be obtained from the MNHS Visitor Center. The completed application must be received at Manzanar no later than June 7. Participants will be notified by June 16.
For more information, contact Facility Manager Jim Baker at (760) 878-2194, ext. 3337.