State partners with Forest Service to create career paths for youth

By Doug Cantwell
dcantwell@taosnews.com
Posted 12/17/19

The state signed an agreement with U.S. Forest Service representatives from Carson National Forest Wednesday (Dec. 11) at the nonprofit Rocky Mountain Youth Corps' Taos facility that will open up career opportunities for RMYC and other AmeriCorps participants.

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State partners with Forest Service to create career paths for youth

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The state signed an agreement with U.S. Forest Service representatives from Carson National Forest Wednesday (Dec. 11) at the nonprofit Rocky Mountain Youth Corps' Taos facility that will open up career opportunities for RMYC and other AmeriCorps participants.

"Besides formalizing a strategic partnership here today, our goal is really to get everybody in the same room talking," said Bill McCamley, Cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.

Forest supervisor James Duran and partnership coordinator Juana Rosas from the Carson National Forest briefed the five RMYC members who attended on how to apply for the various categories of federal jobs and, in particular, how to present their Youth Corps experience to best advantage when applying.

Ron Seidel, manager of the New Mexico Workforce Connections Taos office, provided a brief boot camp on the do's and don'ts of applying and interviewing for jobs posted by federal or state agencies.

Ben Thomas, director of RMYC, said, "This is important for us because it will help our members navigate the sometimes daunting process of lining up federal and state jobs once they've done a couple of seasons of service with RMYC."

According to the memorandum of agreement, the partnership will assist Forest Service recruiting efforts and make USFS job opportunities easier to access; maximize opportunities for New Mexico residents seeking careers in land and natural resource management; and connect AmeriCorps members and other qualified service corps members with permanent postservice employment.

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