Manzanar still recruiting for YCC

Manzanar  still recruiting for YCCManzanar National Historic Site will sponsor an 8-week Youth Conservation Corps program this summer. Youths 15-18 are encouraged to apply, provided they do not reach their 19th birthday before July 31, 2020.

YCC team members will work June 8, 2020, through July 31, 2020, earning the California minimum wage of $13 per hour. The YCC team will work at Manzanar National Historic Site under the supervision of National Park Service staff Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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, Keeler and Independence, 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, April 3, to:

Manzanar National Historic Site

Attn: Human Resources

PO Box 426

Independence, CA 93526

The participants and alternates for the 2020 program will be notified by April 20. For information, contact Facility Manager Jim Baker at 760-878-2194 ext. 3337.

Pictured: Members of the Youth Conservation Corps refurbish the sign of Manzanar National Historic Site. — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2020-03-20