Want summer job? The state Department of Ecology is hiring 72 youths, ages 14 to 17, for six litter abatement crews in south-central Washington.

Youth crews develop job skills, teamwork experience and safety awareness, and also receive environmental education.

Candidates must be able to work outdoors and do physical labor, including walking 3 to 10 miles a day. Crews work 35 hours a week, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Pay is $11 per hour.

Crews will be assigned to one of two sessions in Ellensburg, Goldendale, Richland, Sunnyside, Toppenish or Yakima. The first session is July 5 through July 26, and the second session is July 27 through Aug. 17.

Because Ecology receives so many applications, the agency chooses interview candidates by a random selection process. Crew members are selected based on their interview score and references. The jobs are dependent on funding from the Legislature.

To apply, fill out an application and two reference forms from a teacher, counselor, or coach. Forms are available online or through school counselors. The forms can be mailed or submitted online. The deadline is April 3.

For more information, contact Rod Hankinson, the Ecology Youth Corps coordinator, at (509) 454-7209 or rhan461@ecy.wa.gov, or visit www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/eyc/cro.html.