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Yes, they’re hiring.

MICHIGAN—For summer job season, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is upping its pay to $15 an hour for all seasonal employees.

With about 400 openings to fill as Michiganders get into travel mode, the DNR is hoping the pay raise will recruit employees to maintain the parks and welcome new visitors. Many of the jobs are outdoorsy, and responsibilities can range from maintaining trails to cleaning facilities to helping visitors check in.

The new rate will kick in Sunday, May 29, and cover both new and existing workers.

“Our seasonal summer workers are key to helping us provide great recreation experiences for every visitor,” said DNR Parks and Recreation Chief Ron Olson in a statement.

Previously, the DNR paid starting seasonal employees $10.20 to $12 an hour, so in some cases, employees will be getting close to a 50% raise. The pay bump is funded through by reprioritizing existing resources, the DNR said.

The positions have flexible scheduling and can run up until Oct. 15. The DNR advises students that seasonal positions can qualify for internship credit and in some cases academic credit. Students should speak to their counselor to find out more.

For more information, go to Michigan.gov/DNRJobs or text “Hire” to 80888.

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