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Outdoors Corps An Intro To Conservation Jobs

September 8, 2018
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Outdoors Corps An Intro To Conservation Jobs

PLAINS TWP. — Twenty-year-old Dylan Troutman has wanted to be a state game commission warden since he was 10 years old and he said working at the Seven Tubs Loop Trail is providing him a great learning experience.

Troutman is one of five members of a Pennsylvania Outdoors Corps young adult crew doing trail work in Gifford Pinchot State Forest in Plains Twp.

The Pennsylvania Outdoors Corps, a statewide workforce initiative, introduces people ages 15-25 to natural resource conservation and related jobs.

“It opens up opportunities. We’re doing conservation now and it looks good on a resume,” said Troutman, a Mount Carmel resident who describes himself as a big outdoorsman. “I’m out in the field so I have experience now.”

Cindy Adams Dunn, state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources secretary, met with Troutman and four other members of the crew working at the trail Thursday.

The workers are paid $10.25 an hour, Dunn said. The program is financially supported by DCNR and the state Department of Labor and Industry’s Reemployment Program.

This is the third year for the Pennsylvania Outdoors Corps and each year DCNR has grown the program, Dunn said.

“It has worked beyond our greatest expectations,” Dunn said. “There’s a lot of mythology out there about young people not wanting to work hard and not wanting to be outside and this program has really busted that myth.”

The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps consists of 10-month program for young adults ages 18-25 and a seven-week summer program for youth ages 15-18.

The program’s goals are to protect and restore public lands and waters while providing young people with the knowledge and expertise to be good stewards of the state’s natural resources.

The program not only provides young adults with job opportunities related to the outdoors and the environment, but it also provides training necessary for future employment.

“We find that young people work very hard outdoors. They love to learn the skills that our staff have,” Dunn said. “We hope that these young adults can see themselves in conservation work somewhere, whether it’s the trades or management level.”

Dunn describes conservation as the “forever business.” With people in the business retiring, she said, “We have to line up the next generation to do this work.”

During her visit, Dunn also met 21-year-old Elijah Camacho of Wilkes-Barre, who said working at the Seven Tubs Loop Trail is much different from places he has worked before and the “work ethic and the experience it gives is really good.”

Greenfield Twp. resident Stanley Kaminsky, 24, another members of the crew, said he would like to work in environmental policy and he also likes the opportunities, training and experience that Pennsylvania Outdoors Corps provides.

“As somebody who appreciates the outdoors and uses the park system a lot in my free time, it just feels good to contribute back into doing things like trail work,” Kaminsky said. “Right now, we’re building stone steps here and it’s very rewarding to see the public walking through what we just built and also saying thank you.”

Contact the writer:

dallabaugh@citizensvoice.com

570-821-2115, @CVAllabaugh

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