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National Council to Build 21st Century Conservation Corps (21CSC); Jobs for Young Adults in the US Forest Service are Waiting; USDA Provides a Compendium of Opportunities with Resources and Links
Jan 15, 2013

On January 10, 2013, leaders of eight federal departments and agencies announced they have signed an agreement setting up a national council to guide implementation of the Obama Administration's 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) – a national collaborative effort to put America's youth and returning veterans to work protecting, restoring and enhancing America's great outdoors. By signing the Memorandum of Understanding finalized today, the Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, and Labor, as well as the EPA Administrator, Chair of the President's Council on Environmental Quality, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service and Assistant Secretary for the Army (Civil Works) established the National Council for the 21CSC -- fully implementing the first recommendation of the America's Great Outdoors initiative introduced by President Obama in 2010.

The 21CSC focuses on helping young people – including diverse low-income, underserved and at-risk youth, as well as returning veterans – gain valuable training and work experience while accomplishing needed conservation and restoration work on public lands, waterways and cultural heritage sites. It builds on existing partnerships with youth conservation corps across the country to engage thousands of young Americans in hands-on service and job training experiences on public lands and community green spaces.

News Release

Memorandum of Understanding

The Department of Agriculture has also provided an excellent January 10, 2013 summary of some of the seasonal employment opportunities for young people and veterans.

Click here for Keith Riggs' survey of various programs and services with many links of potential benefit for the workforce community.