Proteus seeks drought-affected workers for temp jobs

Proteus Inc. is looking for people who, because of the drought, are unemployed or have been reduced to part-time work to fill temporary public-service jobs in Fresno, Tulare and Kings counties.

Proteus, a nonprofit job-training and assistance agency, is receiving money from La Cooperativa, through the state Employment Development Department, to run the program. The jobs, which are immediate, are expected to last five months and are at sites that have been affected by the drought, too (for example, Lake Success, east of Porterville).

Proteus has more than 170 people working at temporary jobs, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kings River Conservation District, city of Lindsay and C-SET offices in Porterville.

To be eligible for the program, would-be workers must be legally able to work in the United States and meet one of the following qualifications:

▪ be unemployed or working fewer than 25 hours a week because of the drought;

▪ be an unemployed young adult age 18 to 24 whose parents’ incomes have been reduced because of the drought;

▪ be unemployed for at least 15 of the past 26 weeks and living in a drought-affected agricultural area.

Details: in English, Herminia Gonzalez, 559-733-5423; in Spanish, Maria Elena Mendoza, 559-731-9745. Proteus has offices in Visalia, Hanford, Kerman, Sanger, Selma, Dinuba and Porterville.