Up to 260 jobless Redding and Shasta County residents can get full-time, temporary positions performing Carr Fire-related cleanup and repair work under a $6 million federal grant awarded to the California Employment Development Department this week.
The jobs are open to people who have been unemployed for 15 weeks or more and to individuals who were recently laid off and are collecting unemployment benefits.
The federal award, from the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Dislocated Worker Grant, pays the salaries of workers hired to conduct wildfire damage cleanup on public lands and roadways, according to the EDD.
“These rebuilding projects will provide job opportunities to unemployed workers in the impacted areas and help communities in Shasta County recover from the devastation caused by these fires,” EDD Director Patrick Henning said.
The Smart Business Resource Center, one of three local organizations leading the wildfire cleanup employment effort, expects to start interviewing people for jobs next week.
“Currently, we have 20 positions open, but we’re looking for a total of about 34 people right now,” program supervisor Christie Brewster said.
The jobs are expected to last for three to six months, she said.
Employees who land the positions will conduct cleanup in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, the City of Redding and the Western Shasta Resource Conservation District. Duties include repairing fences, roads, paths and trails damaged in the Carr Fire.
“They’re all hands-on, outdoors clean-up work: brush removal, downed trees, repairing culverts or other structures that may have been damaged that need to be repaired,” Brewster said.
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“We’ve been in contact with the agencies that we think are doing the repair work so that they can hire the temporary workers through us because we pay the wages through this grant,” Brewster said.
Two other groups — La Cooperativa Campesina de California and the Northern California Indian Development Council, Inc. — are also contracting with agencies that conduct cleanup work.
IF YOU’RE INTERESTED:
People can apply for the temporary jobs by registering at local locations of America’s Job Center of California, which also offers no-fee employment services and training resources, according to the EDD.
People applying for wildfire clean-up positions through the Smart Business Resource Center can call 245-1350.