Governor Quinn is excited to announce the Illinois Conservation Jobs and Training Program (ICJT), a statewide effort managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, designed to put young people to work this summer. ICJT has two parts: the Illinois Youth Recreation Corps and the Illinois Conservation Corps.


Illinois Youth Recreation Corps – SEEKING EMPLOYERS!


The Illinois Youth Recreation Corps is a grant program to help not-for-profit entities and units of local government employ 16-19 year-olds for up to 60 days this summer. 


Grants will fund wages for jobs that provide recreational opportunities in areas including (but not limited to) physical activity, arts, and learning.


Participating employers must provide suitable facilities, materials, and management staff.  16-19 year olds are eligible to work through the end of August at the rate of $8.50/hour.

Organizations seeking a grant must complete and submit the attached application by 5pm on Thursday, June 30, 2011.

Illinois Conservation Corps – SEEKING WORKERS!


The Illinois Conservation Corps is a six-month employment opportunity for people between the ages of 18-25.  Participants will work on public lands owned or leased by the IDNR.  Young adult workers must be currently unemployed and are eligible to work for up to six months. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis.

Workers in this program will assist DNR staff with a variety of the following duties, primarily at State Parks:

·         Building and ground maintenance

·         Litter cleanup

·         Mowing

·         Weed control

·         Brush removal

·         Concrete and asphalt road surface patching

·         Camping permit issuance

·         State park camper registration

·         Security and fire patrol

·         Trail building

·         Tool/equipment maintenance, painting and repair

·         Bird care and propagation

·         Hunter check station operations

To apply for a position, complete the attached CWapplication.pdf and scan/email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax it to 217-557-8406.

Applicants will be reviewed and hired on a first-come-first-served rolling basis.

To view the Illinois Youth Recreation Corps employer grant application, please click here.

To view the Illinois Conservation Corps employee application, please click here.

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