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Science and the Environment

Young People Needed to Work in State Parks this Summer

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MO State Parks Foundation

Online applications are being accepted now for the State Parks Youth Corps.  The program gives young people, ages 17 to 24, a chance to work at state parks and historic sites in the summer.

SPYC is in its seventh year and has put more than 3500 people to work in Missouri parks, according to the Missouri Governor’s Office.

It's a jobs initiative started by Governor Nixon in 2010 and is a partnership between the Division of Workforce Development and Missouri State Parks.

This summer, more than 600 positions will be offered, not only at state parks and historic sites but also at municipal parks in St. Louis and Kansas City.

In the past, workers have helped with park maintenance, maintained trails and assisted with natural resource management efforts.  Members of SPYC have also worked in visitor services--leading tours and helping with interpretive programs.

Applications are available at