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Department of Ecology Looking to Hire Teens For Litter Cleanup
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Jobs are few for young people in Eastern Washington and Idaho. Their growing pains are worsened by the the terrible economy not producing enough jobs for them. The Spokesman-Review reported Monday that jobs traditionally filled by teens are now being filled by 50-somethings who take any job just to get a paycheck.

It’s bad out there, but there’s still an option for youth, ages 14 to 17. The Department of Ecology in Eastern Washington plans on hiring about 118 teens this summer to help clean up area roadsides, parks and recreation areas for their Ecology Youth Corps.

In past years, DOE has been able to hire more teens, but they’ve had to cut back about 100 teens statewide because of lower state revenues.

Funding for these jobs comes from a voter-approved tax. Teens can make $9.04/hour on these cleaning crews in Eastern Washington areas like Chewelah, Clarkston, Colville, Inchelium, Ephrata, Moses Lake, Othello, Pasco, Pullman, Republic, Ritzville, Spokane, Walla Walla and Wilbur.

It’s a Monday through Friday job starting at 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and lasts about four weeks. There are two sessions this summer. One starts on June 25th and goes until July 20th, the other from July 23rd to August 17th.

Applications are available through area schools, online at the DOE’s website or by calling Lynette Kuehl at (509) 329-3434. Deadline: Applications are due April 2nd. 

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