There’s less than two months before school’s out for the year, and that means thousands of teens will be looking for something to do this summer.

Teens who want to work for the U.S. Army in Europe have until early May to submit applications for summer employment, officials said. The Civilian Human Resources Agency Europe Region started accepting applications last week, and will do so until May 8, according to a news release. The program is open to military family members ages 14 to 22.

The 2009 Summer Hire program, which provides jobs from June 22 to July 31, is designed to provide young people with an opportunity to gain job experience and prepare for future education and career goals.

Jobs are available in clerical, labor and child development positions. Clerical work includes typing, computer work, filing, answering telephones, reception, and customer services. Child development positions involve helping child caregivers. Labor positions might include working indoors or outdoors, and light to moderate lifting or yard work.

Salaries are yet to be determined, but should not be less than $5.50 per hour, the release states. The summer 2009 pay rates are scheduled to be published within the next 30 days.

The base salary is lower than the federal minimum wage of $6.55 per hour because overseas dependent youth are employed under the Schedule A excepted appointment authority (title 5, Code of Federal Regulations 213.3106(b)(6)). Unlike the hourly rate in the United States, the hourly pay rates for these positions are recommended by the component commands, agreed to by consensus and published by the Wage and Salary Division of the Civilian Personnel Management Service, according to a Pentagon spokesman.

Applicants must be unmarried family members of active-duty servicemembers or Defense Department civilian employees who have reached their 14th birthday before June 22, and will not reach their 23rd birthday before the end of the program on July 31. Child development applicants must be at least 18.

Applicants must submit an online application form as well as a hard-copy application packet to the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center that serves their community.

More information, including vacancy announcements and application instructions, are available under "employment" on the CHRA Web site

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