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By Max Erikson

Teen jobs available


March 14, 2018

For Goldendale teenagers looking for a summer job, now is the time to apply for the Ecology Youth Corp (EYC) program starting June 25. Central Region Coordinator for EYC Rod Hankinson will be at Goldendale High School (GHS) tomorrow to answer questions and take applications for students who are interested in making some money this summer. The application deadline is April 2.

The EYC program has been employing teenagers with summer jobs for 40 years to clean up trash and litter on Washington State’s roads and highways. More than 300 teenagers will hit the roads this year with the goal of protecting the environment. It is estimated that nearly 12 million pounds of trash are disposed on Washington roads each year. In 2017 the EYC picked up over 1 million of trash while covering over 5,000 miles of road throughout the state.

Hankinson has been running the program for 30 years for the Central Washington Region, which includes Goldendale, and he says last year his work crews from the region picked up approximately 10,000 bags of trash. For Klickitat County, 14,220 pounds of litter were picked up, and 121 miles of road were cleaned.

“Some of the best and hardest working kids I have worked with over the years have been from Goldendale,” Hankinson says. “This program help kids get there first job and learn how to work, and if they complete the full four-week program, I’m happy to give them a good work reference.”

The program is looking to hire 12 kids, ages 14 to 17, and Hankinson says they always try to get an even mix of both boys and girls. Hankinson expects to interview between 20 and 25 people that will be held on April 30 at GHS.

The work schedule is Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. including a half-hour paid lunch break and two fifteen-minute breaks. The pay is $11.50 per hour and paydays are every two weeks. The work crew will meet every morning at the IGA parking lot and will spend their days picking up litter up and down both Hwy 97 and Hwy 14.

Safety is a big concern for the program and training is provided to the kids on the work crew. They will wear orange vests and hard hats as safety precautions. Hankinson says safety training is a very important part of what he gives his workers.

“I always like to meet with parents to let them know what to expect, and to ensure them their kids will be safe,” Hankinson says. “It is a potential dangerous job, but if they follow our safety procedures the kids will do fine.”

The summer work program will have two sessions. The first starts on June 25 and runs to July 20. The second summer session runs from July 23 to August 16. Hankinson says he is flexible on which session kids want to work.

“I know some kids either have commitments early in the summer or later in the summer,” Hankinson says. “We are usually pretty good at finding the right session that fits that individuals’ schedule.”

At the end of the second session in August a safety meeting and pizza party will be given to all the workers in the central region of the program as a way to say thank you, and to give the kids a chance to meet other work crews from around the region.

Teenagers can apply online, and also find schedules, crew locations, and other information at Applications are due by April 2. Applications can also be picked up at the GHS school counselors office


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