Manzanar to host YCC summer program

Manzanar to host YCC summer programManzanar National Historic Site will sponsor an 8-week Youth Conservation Corps program this summer, and is seeking applicants age 15-18.

Applicants must not reach their 19th birthday before Aug. 2 to be eligible. YCC team members will work June 10 through Aug. 2. Members will work under site supervision weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., earning $12 per hour for their service.

Those selected will need to provide their own transportation to work and will be required to have their own checking or savings account for payroll direct deposit before they begin.

“We have had YCC crews since 2002 and have given local youth an opportunity to learn about American history and to participate in preserving resources associated with this part of the Owens Valley,” said Superintendent Bernadette Johnson. “Last summer, the crew included members from Big Pine, Independence and Lone Pine, so we look forward to seeing this year’s applications.”

The YCC team will focus on the preservation of resources associated with the confinement of Japanese Americans during World War II, the Manzanar orchard community and the local Paiute. The crew will have opportunities to visit other historically significant areas in the valley, to gain a more complete understanding of Owens Valley history and the issues facing the protection of these resources in the future.

Applications may be obtained from the Manzanar National Historic Site Visitor Center, 5001 Highway 395, six miles South of Independence. The completed application must be received at Manzanar no later than Friday, March 29, 2019 to:

Manzanar National Historic Site

Attn: Human Resources

PO Box 426

Independence, CA 93526

The participants and alternates will be notified by April 10. For information, contact Jim Baker at 760-878-2194 ext. 3337.

Story First Published: 2019-03-15