For the past six years, DCNR has worked with the state Department of Labor and Industry and the Student Conservation Association to provide hands-on training opportunities that lead to family sustaining wages for hundreds of young people in the state through the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps.
DCNR has highlighted the work of these programs, which follow in the footsteps of other programs like the Youth Conservation Corps and the Civilian Conservation Corps, making a lasting impact on public lands through the six-week summer programs for young people ages 15 to 18 or a 10-month program for young adults 18 to 25.
Beyond being great ways to spend the summer or year doing meaningful, lasting work, the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps — especially the Young Adult Crew opportunities — have been a great a gateway into employment with DCNR.
Hiring for the 2022 10-month young adult crews will begin promptly this coming fall. Keep an eye on DCNR’s website for application announcements.
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“Porcupine Pat” McKinney is environmental education coordinator for the Schuylkill Conservation District and provides programming for people of all ages with an emphasis on schools, public programming and nature center development. “Porcupine Pat” hails from Marion, Ohio and has a BS with Distinction in Natural Resources – Environmental Interpretation from Ohio State. He is a recipient of the prestigious Sandy Cochran Award for Excellence in Natural Resources Education from the PA Forestry Association, the Schuylkill Pride Award, and the PAEE “Outstanding Environmental Educator Award.”