SC file photo by Dorothy Wallace
SC file photo by Dorothy Wallace

The J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge is hiring one high school student for its annual Youth Conservation Corps summer program. The hired student will assist with maintenance and provide administrative support.

The YCC program targets young men and women, ages 15 to 18, to provide them with a valuable work-earn-learn experience. The eight-week program runs from June 10 to Aug. 2. Maintenance duties will include facilities and trail maintenance and removal of invasive plants. This work will primarily be completed outdoors, with possible exposure to heat, humidity and insects. Administrative support duties may include, but not be limited to, answering phones, filing paperwork, organizing office supplies and entering data. The student will have the opportunity to attend educational field trips to local environmental venues. No prior work experience is required.

Deadline for applications is 4 p.m. Thursday, May 16. Late applications will not be accepted. Required participation for the YCC program is from June 10 to Aug. 2 and it is strongly recommended that any summer camps or family vacations be scheduled outside this eight-week time frame. Reliable transportation is required and the Sanibel toll is paid by the participant. Compensation is $9 per hour. Work hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break. Bring your own lunch; a refrigerator and microwave are available.

Applications may be submitted by mail: 1 Wildlife Dr., Sanibel, Fla., 33957; fax to 239-472-4061; or email to toni_westland@fws.gov by the 4 p.m. May 16 deadline.