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Posted on: February 25, 2021

[ARCHIVED] The Portland Youth Corps is gearing up for Summer 2021!

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Are you a 14 to 17-year-old Portland resident looking for something to do this summer?! Join the Portland Youth Corps! Spend your summer getting paid to volunteer in the parks of Portland, learning about the environment, and making new friends!

The Portland Youth Corps is a youth service and conservation program working in partnership with Portland Parks, Recreation, and Facilities Department, the Portland Parks Conservancy and the Maine Audubon. The Portland Youth Corps promotes personal and professional growth through community service, environmental stewardship, and hands-on conservation opportunities within Portland’s parks.

During the summer of 2021, the Portland Youth Corps will take on different projects to beautify and maintain the natural and urban parks around Portland. Our projects may include trail building and maintenance, invasive species removal, planting native plants, playground maintenance, citizen science, and assisting with the community gardens.

We are looking for a total of 24 volunteers who are curious about careers in environmental science, serving in beautiful parks, or building trails to participate in one of 2 four week sessions in summer of 2021.

Participants will gain job skills through a First Aid/CPR Course, Q&As with professionals in conservation, proper tool use, and plant identification. Along the way, the crew will forge strong friendships with each other and get to explore Portland’s parks.

If you are interested in learning more we will be hosting two informational ZOOM sessions on March 2nd, 2021 at 4:00pm and March 3rd, 2021 at 1:00pm. If you are interested in attending please reach out the the Youth Corps Team Leader, Meghan Loury at: mloury@portlandmaine.gov for the link and password. Interested applicants will be able be apply starting March 8th 2021. For more information check out the Portland Youth Corps webpage!

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