October 02, 2001 11:00 pm

By Alice Perry Linker

Observer Staff Writer

About 14 new jobs will be filled by December at River Bend, the work-study camp for boys at Hilgard, as the camps population will double.

Brad Mulvihill of the Oregon Youth Authority, the agency that administers the camp for teen-age boys, said the camp will expand from 25 to 50 beds in mid-December.

Mulvihill said the authority will hire 12 group life coordinators, people who supervise the boys on a day-to-day basis; one full-time cook; one part-time cook and a part-time secretary. The authority contracts with the Union-Baker Education Service District for teachers.

Applications are being taken at the state Employment Division office in La Grande. Tony Villani, the veterans employment specialist for the La Grande office, said that the jobs are being advertised statewide. Applications may be found on the divisions Web site, www.workinginoregon.org.

We have many who have already applied, he said. We forward the applications to the (authority).

Villani said people who want to work at Hilgard and applied more than five months ago should reapply to ensure that their applications are considered.

Temporary River Bend employees must also apply for full-time positions, Mulvihill said.

The decision to expand the work-study camp came earlier this year after some delay. A new building, completed in early spring, had originally been designed to house boys in a new authority program. That program did not develop because of a lack of funds.

When River Bend is full, it will house 75 boys. Mulvihill said the final increase in enrollment is expected in March, when another 12 group life coordinators will be hired.

The boys at River Bend are completing the end of their sentences for a variety of juvenile crimes and are being trained to return to their home communities.