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April 24th, 2006


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loloro
11:53 am - outside the ptown borders
i'm no longer in ptown but grew up there, and at the risk of sounding like an advertisement i wanted to mention a job i had a few years back that i loved (and hated) and really gave me a better sense of the world and my place in it. i wanted to join the peace corps but they only want college graduates (i didnt have the money for college), so i decided to try marin conservation corps for a summer (http://www.marincc.org). when i started i was the only white girl out of about 50 corpsmembers out in the natural resource crews - a new experience for my lower-middle class petaluma self. anyway, it pays crap and is hard work, but you learn tons about the environment and working with a team, you get into great shape, and you can earn scholarships while you work. i ended up staying 3 years and leading my own crews building trails, etc., and made a lot of great contacts for jobs after that. it's in san rafael, not so far from the bus line. it's a year long program, usually, but you can just do it for the summer if you want to try it out. if you're not into the trail building and other physically demanding job they also have recycling and teaching crews.

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From:echomyst
Date:April 25th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
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On the website they have a list of minimum and preferred qualifications. Do you know if most people who apply gets into the program? I'm a high school teacher in Ontario (Canada) right now, but will be moving to CA later this year *keeps fingers crossed on K1 visa* I'm interested in the teaching option (although trail building sounds like a nice change of things), but I've never taught outdoor ed / conservation stuff before, aside from a summer of camp counselling.

You went to Petaluma High? I wonder if you know my fiancé (IIRC, that's where he went...)? He's born in 1974 though, and I'm not sure what years he attended.
From:loloro
Date:April 25th, 2006 04:51 am (UTC)
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if you're a teacher you should check with them directly to see if they're going to have any educational coordinator positions - anyway, get in contact and talk to them, see if anything fits. you may be more staff than corpsmember material and get to help them get their charter svchool diplomas. i got to help teach someone to read there, which was an amazing experience. i was born in late 73, but am a little young for my grade, so probably know of him at least.

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