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Montana State Parks AmeriCorps is Now Recruiting New Members
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Thu Jul 19 14:16:00 MDT 2012

Helena, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today that it is now recruiting to fill four new AmeriCorps positions with starting dates in August.

Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) launched its AmeriCorps program in January. Today 19 AmeriCorps members help state parks to develop educational events, engage volunteers, and expand community outreach. AmeriCorps members gain job skills, earn money for college and give back to local communities.

“Since the program began in January, our AmeriCorps members have enhanced conditions on 345 acres of land within state parks and recruited 148 new park volunteers,” said Katie McKeown, Program Specialist for Montana State Parks AmeriCorps.

Montana residents and out-of-state applicants of all ages are encouraged to apply for the four positions by visiting: stateparks.mt.gov/AmeriCorps

The positions are for 12 week service terms from Aug. 12 to Nov. 3 at Cooney State Park in Roberts near Red Lodge; Makoshika State Park in Glendive, FWP Region 1 headquarters offices in Kalispell near Glacier National Park; and Travelers’ Rest State Park in Lolo near Missoula.

AmeriCorps (americorps.gov) is a national service program that engages more than 50,000 Americans each year, nationwide, in service to meet community needs in education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, public safety, homeland security and more. Funding for AmeriCorps is provided in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service (nationalservice.gov), an independent federal agency, and administered through the Governor’s Office of Community Service (serve.mt.gov).

“Our members will have their offices in the midst of stunning scenery, dazzling waters, geologic wonders and cultural history,” McKeown said.

Montana State Parks AmeriCorps members earn an Education Award from $1,415 to up to $5,350 per year depending on their term of service, 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.

To apply, visit stateparks.mt.gov/parks/AmeriCorps.

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