Last Tuesday, Gov. Cuomo announced the launch of the Excelsior Conservation Corps, an AmeriCorps environmental education and stewardship program for 18 to 25 year olds. The program, which will be funded through $1.9 million in state and federal monies, will enroll 50 members. The 10-month service program will begin in January 2016 and will be administered by the Student Conservation Association. Participants will assist state agencies in open space management; natural resource stewardship; infrastructure and sustainability; recreation and access mapping; and environmental education and outreach at state campgrounds and nature centers.
Gov. Cuomo said:
“The Excelsior Conservation Corps will offer young New Yorkers the opportunity to gain skills and training while addressing some of our state’s most pressing environmental needs. Continuing this state’s rich tradition of environmental stewardship, this new initiative will help ensure New York becomes cleaner and greener than ever before.”
More information on the program, as well as application information, is available here.