State Parks Youth Corps now accepting 2014 applications, Gov. Nixon announces
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A nationally recognized jobs initiative for young adults is
returning for its fifth year, Gov. Nixon announced today. State Parks Youth Corps
(SPYC), launched by the Governor in 2010, provides Missouri youth with the opportunity
to work outdoors improving Missouri’s state parks and historic sites. SPYC employs
eligible Missourians between the ages of 17 and 23 at parks, historic sites and
natural areas across Missouri, from May 1 through Dec. 31. Applications for the
program are now being accepted online at thinkoutside.mo.gov.
“State Parks Youth Corps gives young Missourians the opportunity to gain valuable
job skills while making a difference in Missouri’s outdoor areas,” said Gov. Jay
Nixon. “Since 2010, we’ve been able to undertake a wide variety of meaningful projects
and are looking forward to what these young people are sure to accomplish in 2014.”
“We’ve been incredibly pleased with the contributions these young people have made
to Missouri’s state parks and historic sites over the past several years,” said
Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks. “We look forward to continuing this
important partnership for the benefit of the participants and the state’s award-winning
Since the program began in 2010, SPYC workers have completed more than 550,000 hours
in Missouri state parks and historic sites. During 2013, SPYC workers put in more
than 70,000 hours, performing a variety of tasks, ranging from routine maintenance
work and trail construction to interpretation and stewardship efforts. Examples
included treating 365 acres of Long Branch State Park for invasive plant species;
repairing and repainting 15 picnic tables, 12 benches, and 60 grills at St. Joe
State Park; leading nearly 1,700 tours at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park; and working
to build an accessible pathway at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site.
State Parks Youth Corps (SPYC) is administered by Missouri’s Workforce Investment
Boards in partnership with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division
of State Parks and the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Division of
Workforce Development. In 2013, Missouri State Parks Youth Corps was accepted as
a part of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC).
This summer, young Missourians will have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience
to prepare for tomorrows careers, while enjoying the beauty and grandeur of
Missouri’s state parks. The Missouri State Parks Youth Corps will challenge participants
to “Think Outside” by accomplishing interesting projects that help preserve and
enhance Missouri’s state park system. In addition to developing the critical leadership
skills that will prepare them for success in future careers, the program will bolster
an appreciation for the environment and “green” concepts that are an exciting part
of Missouri’s growing industries.
The Missouri State Park Youth Corps is a partnership between the local Workforce
Investment Boards and the
Missouri of Department of Economic Development and the Missouri Department of
Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks.
* Some eligibility requirements will apply
State Parks Youth Corps workers clean up Cunningham Park in Joplin, Mo. following
a devastating tornado that struck May 22, 2011.