(CNSNews.com) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced $3.7 million in spending as part of President Obama’s Summer Jobs+ program, saying the money will go to hire 500 young people to work on government projects over the coming summer.
“This public-private partnership will help bring young people from diverse backgrounds and urban areas to the public lands for meaningful employment opportunities, mentorships, and the joy of the great outdoors,” Fish and Wildlife Service Executive Director Jeff Trandahl said in a press release on May 25.
The $3.7 million in grants will be made through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and will be part of its “America’s Great Outdoors: Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists” initiative to expose young people to the government’s conservation work.
The per-job cost of the program is only $7,400, raising questions as to whether the positions will be paid, given the low per-job cost of some of the programs.
The USDA did not respond to CNSNews.com’s questions about whether the positions will be paid or unpaid.
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