“Secretary of Agriculture Perdue traveled to Denver National Job Corps headquarters and met with our Job Corps leadership, several center directors and laid out a plan for a more formal program between national forests and the Job Corps centers.”
Associate Forest Service chief Lenise Lago told a House subcommittee that the aim is… “to have more students doing restoration and maintenance work on Forest Service facilities, more conservation related trades at Job Corps centers, and ultimately more hiring of Job Corps graduates into Forest Service jobs.”
She added that another goal is to hire more Job Corps graduates.
“We have currently authority called Public Land Corps Authority, which Job Corps students qualify for by doing certain number of hours of restoration work on public land. They still are required to compete for jobs and an open merit application. What we'd like to do is work with OPM on a direct hire authority for Job Corps graduates.”
Last year, nearly 2000 students from underserved communities contributed more than 100,000 hours of service to Job Corps.