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Jemez Historic Site looking to hire six young adults for Youth Conservation Corp Program

—Matthew J. Barbour, Manager, Jemez Historic Site

Over the last several months, Jemez Historic Site has been gearing up for the summer crunch. We have applied and been awarded several grants, pursued capital outlay funds, and planned quite a few special events. These have included a new stabilization contract with the Pueblo of Jemez, designing plans to reroof Kiva One, developing an elders-in-residence program, reinstituting the “Stories from the Land” partnership with Jemez Pueblo Library, and working on some general facilities maintenance (new plumbing and handicap ramp). We have also started a Youth Conservation Corps Program.

The Youth Conservation Corps Program will focus on converting the overgrown unexcavated portions of Jemez Historic Site into a park-like setting and work on construction of a new wall along the south side of the visitor center parking lot. This program is made possible by Wendy Kent, the Executive Director of New Mexico Department of Energy and Minerals Youth Conservation Corps, and is expected to run from July to mid-September.

Right now, Jemez Historic Site is seeking resumes from youths interested in participating in this program. Applicants must be between 16 and 24 years of age. They needn’t have any prior work history. At a minimum, the resume should include contact information, a statement as to why the candidate would like to be considered for the program, and one or two references.

Jemez Historic Site is anticipating hiring six people for the program. Participants will be paid a wage between ten and $12 dollars per hour. In addition to pay, members of the program will be trained in first aid, site stewardship, New Mexico history, and some general job skills. The goal of this program is to provide our youth a beginning step into the job market and to instill in the participant a sense of civic duty.

Jemez Historic Site protects and interprets the archaeological remains of Giusewa Pueblo and San José de los Jemez Mission. The site, designated LA 679, was first opened to the public in 1935. It was listed on the New Mexico State Register of Cultural Properties on March 20, 1969, and the National Register of Historic Places on March 14, 1973. Recently, on October 16, 2012, it was designated a National Historic Landmark. The site contains a small museum and interpretative trail that explores the history of the Jemez People and the impacts of the arrival of the Franciscan Missionaries in the seventeenth century.

Resumes should be addressed to Matthew Barbour and can be dropped at Jemez Historic Site from Wednesday to Sunday, May 14 to 18, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., or emailed directly to May 18 is the deadline for submittal. For more information, call 575-829-3530.

Summer brings scouts more fun

—Suzann Owings

“We have nine boys attending the Scout’s Day Camp this summer,” says Cub Master David Gardner. He adds that they have the provisions and time to add more boys to the list before scouting day camp from  June 17 to June 20.

Before school ends, Mr. Gardner expects more boys to advance to wolf rank so they can progress even further at summer day camp. As part of their ongoing community service activities, Pack 708 will participate in the Great American Clean-up on May 3. You may see them removing litter on Enchanted Hills Drive in Rio Rancho. The boys have a hike planned for May. Parents are setting up several day-long field trips and outdoor activities for the summer.

Weekly Pack meetings during the summer will stop at the two schools but continue at a single site. Until school ends, scout meetings will take place at Carroll Elementary on Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m., and at Placitas Elementary School on Fridays at 3:00 p.m. To find out about the Pack’s next planning meeting and other Pack information, contact David Gardner at 867-4689.

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