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Montana State Parks AmeriCorps Now Recruiting for Summer Positions
Mon Feb 27 10:39:00 MST 2012
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This news release was archived on Wed Mar 28 11:39:00 MDT 2012

(Helena, MT) – Montana State Parks AmeriCorps’ (stateparks.mt.gov) is now recruiting for new AmeriCorps members to begin service in May. AmeriCorps is a national service program where members can earn money for college, gain job skills and give back to local communities.

“We are very excited to launch our AmeriCorps program this year,” said Katie McKeown, Program Coordinator for Montana State Parks AmeriCorps. “These new members will join members already serving in our state parks since January. They will help to strengthen our parks’ volunteer and interpretive programs, enhance the condition and quality of park lands, and create public awareness and outreach with local communities.”

There are 17 positions available with members serving terms of either 12 weeks, from May to August, or 24 weeks from May to November. Montana residents and out-of-state applicants are encouraged to apply. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as positions are open until filled.

12-week (May – August) positions are available at:
• Region 1 NW District near Kalispell
• Travelers’ Rest State Park in Lolo
• Salmon and Placid Lake State Parks in Seeley
• Bannack State Park in Dillon
• Missouri Headwaters State Park in Three Forks
• Spring Meadow State Park in Helena
• Giant Springs State Park in Great Falls
• Cooney State Park in Roberts
• Lake Elmo State Park in Billings
• Pictograph Cave State Park in Billings
• Makoshika State Park in Glendive

24-week (May-November) positions are available at:
• Travelers’ Rest State Park in Lolo
• Giant Springs State Park in Great Falls
• First Peoples Buffalo Jump in Ulm
• Chief Plenty Coups State Park in Pryor
• Makoshika State Park in Glendive

To apply for an AmeriCorps position, click here: http:/stateparks.mt.gov/parks/AmeriCorps/

AmeriCorps members can earn an Education Award of either $2,675 or $1,415 dollars depending on their service term, to be used towards a college education or to pay off student loans. Members who are 55 years or older can transfer the Education Award to a child, grandchild or foster child. All Montana State Parks AmeriCorps members will receive a modest living allowance to help cover incidental costs, such as commuting.

Members can range in age from young adults to retirement, but all members must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. Some college experience is preferred.

Montana State Parks launched an AmeriCorps program in January and currently has 7 members serving for the year at Bannack State Park, Lone Pine State Park, Wild Horse Island State Park, Division HQ in Helena, Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, upcoming Milltown State Park and Pictograph Cave State Park.

“I am really excited about working at Lone Pine State Park and Wild Horse Island State Park, getting to know the community and helping to develop volunteer projects,” said Courtney Mullin, Montana State Parks AmeriCorps member from Davenport, Iowa.

“I am looking forward to working with the fantastic staff at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, especially on interpretive projects,” said Robin Patten, Montana State Parks AmeriCorps member from Bozeman, Montana.

To apply for an AmeriCorps position, click here: http:/stateparks.mt.gov/parks/AmeriCorps/

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