The DNR Division of State Parks & Reservoirs has received grant funding through Indiana’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives to administer a new program called Indiana Heritage Corps (IHC).

The DNR wants to find 23 members before Jan. 1, 2012, to begin IHC service in late January 2012. IHC is a volunteer opportunity for which on-site housing, living allowance of $335 per month, an education stipend ($2,750) and hands-on experience will be provided, as well as a chance to earn college internship credit and live at a state park.

The state parks that will have IHC are Pokagon (in Angola), Fort Harrison (in Indianapolis), Brown County (in Nashville), and O’Bannon Woods (in Corydon). IHC members will clean, restore, and construct 20 cumulative miles of trail in the four parks.

IHC candidates should be at least 17 years of age, U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, be able to pass a strict FBI background check, and be able to make an eight-month commitment to the program (Jan. 23–Aug. 17).

For more information or to apply, see http://www.facebook.com/pages/Indiana-Heritage-Corps/223143894412733.

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