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Summer Employment with the Maryland Conservation Jobs Corps (CJC)

Date inactive: 2/28/2013

Contractual summer employment opportunities are available with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Park Service.  The Maryland Conservation Jobs Corps (CJC) is NOW accepting applications for several positions for the upcoming 2013 summer (June-August 2013).  Applications will be accepted until mid-February.   CJC is currently looking for individuals who are highly motivated, love working in the outdoors and enjoy working with youth ages fourteen through seventeen. 

The Maryland Conservation Jobs Corps is a six week summer employment program for disadvantaged youth in the state of Maryland.  The program began in 2008 as a special initiative of Governor Martin O’Malley and has expanded now to include over 300 youth and seven Maryland State Parks, including Assateague, Gunpowder, Gwynns Falls, Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Seneca Creek, and Susquehanna. Youth report to one of these parks five days a week and learn the skills to complete conservation projects which benefit the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and Maryland public lands in general.  These projects range from invasive species removal, trail maintenance, carpentry, native plant/tree planting, to historic site restoration. 

Youth not only learn valuable skills which prove crucial in today’s job market, but also make strides towards becoming more confident and professional young adults.  On a daily basis CJC strives to provide disadvantaged youth with opportunities for skills training, empowerment and employment and to restore natural and recreational resources in Maryland State Parks.  More specifically, CJC’s goals include teaching job and life skills through conservation service, restoring natural and cultural resources, developing environmental citizenship, and building personal connections to nature. 

CJC’s contractual staff works side by side with youth to complete conservation projects and are on the front lines of implementing the program’s youth development goals.  Employees must be willing to work in adverse weather conditions and be knowledgeable in basic environmental principles (or willing to learn).  Positivity and self motivation are also a must.  Attached is the link to DNR’s Job Seekers Website.  All CJC positions are as follows:


Conservation Jobs Corps, Coach                                 #12-999999-686

Conservation Jobs Corps, Crew Chief                           #12-999999-688

Conservation Jobs Corps, Camp Coach                        #12-999999-763

Conservation Jobs Corps, Camp Specialist                   #12-999999-762