Saturday, January 14, 2012

Montana State Parks Launches New AmeriCorps Program

This past Thursday Montana State Parks announced that it has launched a new AmeriCorps program. Montana State Parks AmeriCorps will include 23 members serving in state parks during the year, to preserve and promote Montana’s natural and cultural resources. Six members were sworn-in this week, in Condon, Montana during their program orientation.

“We are excited to partner with this outstanding national service program,” said Chas Van Genderen, Administrator for Montana State Parks. “Our new AmeriCorps members will help our parks staff enrich educational opportunities, increase volunteerism, and expand community outreach.”

The initial members will be serving in Lone Pine State Park, Wild Horse Island State Park, Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, Pictograph Cave State Park, upcoming new Milltown State Park and Parks Division headquarters.

Montana State Parks AmeriCorps is now recruiting for seasonal and summer positions, across the state. Montana residents and out-of-state applicants are encouraged to apply by visiting:

AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages more than 50,000 Americans each year, nationwide, in service to meet community needs in education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, public safety, homeland security and more. Funding for AmeriCorps is provided in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service, an independent federal agency and administered through the Governor’s Office of Community Service.

“Our members will have their offices literally amid stunning scenery, dazzling waters, geologic wonders and cultural history,” said Katie McKeown, Program Specialist for Montana State Parks AmeriCorps. “This program is a great way to share your talents, learn new skills, help promote and preserve our state parks while earning money for college.”

Montana State Parks AmeriCorps members earn an Education Award from $1,415 to up to $5,350 per year depending on their term of service, to be used towards a college education or to pay off student loans. Members who are 55 years or older can transfer the Education Award to a child, grandchild or foster child. All Montana State Parks AmeriCorps members will receive a modest living allowance to help cover incidental costs, such as commuting.

Members can range in age from young adults to retirement, but all members must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED.

To apply: visit

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