Conservation Corps Member
Start your career with a service term within the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa!
Conservation Corps Field Crew Members receive on-the-job training to learn natural resources management skills and put those skills into practice completing habitat restoration projects throughout the Midwest. Crews complete natural resource conservation projects such as invasive species management, trail construction and stream bank stabilization. Crew Members also get the chance to work alongside conservation professionals and explore career options within the environmental field.
This is a full-time commitment for AmeriCorps service term. Service terms will begin September 2020 and February 2021. The Crew Member will receive a monthly stipend and an education award upon successful completion of the term that may be used for education expenses or to repay qualified student loans.
Term dates and schedule:
- Term: Depending on the applicant's location preference and availability of one full year term, or half a year term.
- Schedule: Full-time, Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. typical. In some locations, hours vary significantly and overnight camping is often required 4-12 days at a time.
Stipend and award:
- Monthly stipend
- Education award: Upon successful completion of term or terms.
Housing is not provided by the Corps. Member must secure their own housing near service location. We do offer resources and connections to help in finding affordable housing.
Within each region, there are multiple locations available. Candidates should select their general regional preference and hiring managers will be in touch with more details about locations
- Northern Minnesota (Northwest and Northeast locations)
- Southern Minnesota
- Ability to work well with others in a team setting.
- Strong desire to learn new skills.
- Positive attitude and interest in service and community work.
- Dedication to complete full term of AmeriCorps service.
- Able to perform the Essential Service Functions 40 hours/week:
- Must be a US Citizen, US National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the US.
- Must pass the National Sex Offender Public Registry and criminal history check. “Pass” is defined as no positive hits on the NSOPR and no history of violent offenses on the criminal history check.
- Flexible schedule to accommodate week-long out of town assignments and emergency response.
- Must successfully pass medical review process.
- Full term of service must be completed in order to receive the education award.
- Education award upon successful completion of term
- Health insurance
- Student loan forbearance during service term
- Skills training and job experience
As an AmeriCorps service learning program and to prepare Crew Members for habitat restoration projects, the Corps provides orientation and skills training at the start of the program year, and additional region or project specific training throughout the service term including:
- AmeriCorps benefits
- Team building and conflict resolution
- Safety and risk management
- Power and hand tool safety and use (extent of training may depend on term length)
- Tool maintenance
- S130 & S190 Firefighter training and red card certification (may depend on term length)
- Red Cross first aid and CPR
- Defensive driving
- Trailer operation and safety
- Invasive species management/herbicide application
- Tree identification
- Leave No Trace