Sacramento, CA, March 13, 2012, 3:00pm – United States military veterans interested in forestry work can join new California Conservation Corps veterans crews based in Northern California. Members of the residential crews will live and work from centers in Auburn and South Lake Tahoe and get paid training from the U.S. Forest Service in wildland firefighting and chain saw use.  The crews will work on fuel reduction and other forestry-related projects. To qualify, veterans must be between the ages of 18 and 25, have an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions, and not be on probation or parole. Those interested in applying for the program need to contact the CCC by Monday, April 2. Applicants who complete the program may be eligible for the USFS Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program that can ultimately lead to full-time positions with the Forest Service. Veterans selected for the crew will receive a living stipend, room and board and basic health insurance. Uniforms, safety gear and tools are provided.
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