Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa

Actively Recruiting:
Yes

Position title :
Individual Placement AmeriCorps Member

Deadline to apply :
Applications accepted on rolling basis

Type of Position :
Corpsmember / Intern

Town, City, Park, etc :
Multiple

State / Territory :
Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin

Organization/Program Description :

About Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa: Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa, a nonprofit organization and AmeriCorps grantee, engages hundreds of youth and young adults each year in in meaningful service, leadership development, and environmental stewardship. Our vision is a world in which everyone has equitable access to nature, is equipped to succeed in career and life, and is empowered to make a difference in conserving natural resources. Our projects and programs embody our core values of safety, service, respect, equity, and community. In working toward our vision, we believe it is important to acknowledge that natural resources organizations, including Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa, have a legacy of supporting and benefiting from systems that have restricted access to public lands and careers for marginalized groups. To challenge this, we commit to using equity as a lens for the work we do and decisions we make, building a shared vision surrounding justice, equity, diversity, and Inclusion goals with our partnering organizations and communities and providing an equitable training environment and high-quality programming to all our participants.

Position Description :

The AmeriCorps Individual Placement positions (ages 18-25) are based at various locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Under the direct guidance of a project supervisor, the corpsmember will assist with a variety of projects to expand the capacity and reach of the partner agency. See specific position descriptions for greater detail before applying. Up to 15-20% of the service term is dedicated to technical and personal skills training.

This is a full-time commitment for a year-long AmeriCorps service term. The 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: January – December 2022
  • Schedule: Full-time, Monday-Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm typical. Some evenings or weekends may be required.

Location: Housing is not provided by the Corps. Member must secure their own housing near service location.

  • Saint Paul, MN
  • Windom, MN
  • Carlton, MN
  • Zimmerman, MN
  • Fargo, ND
  • St. Croix Falls, WI
  • St. Croix Falls, WI

Qualifications:

  • Positive attitude and strong commitment to service and community work
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to work with children and youth in outdoor settings
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written formats
  • Creative thinking and problem solving
  • College coursework and/or degree in a relevant field

Benefits:

  • Monthly stipend
  • Education award upon successful completion of term
  • Skills training and job experience
  • Health insurance
  • Student loan forbearance during service term


This program is available to all, without regard to disability, race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or political affiliation. The Conservation Corps engages AmeriCorps members, ages 18-25, as defined under the American Conservation and Youth Service Corps Act, a subtitle of the National and Community Service Act of 1990. Reasonable accommodations provided upon request.

Questions? Contact our recruiter Adrienne Amell at [email protected]

Job Duties :
  • Invasive Plat Management Corpsmember: The Corpsmember will serve with conservation professionals in the National Park Service (NPS). The Corpsmember will support high park priority invasive plant management and vegetation restoration practices in the Great Lakes Invasive Plant Management Team (IPMT) network of National Parks. Based in in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. 
  • Agriculture and Water Corpsmember: The Corpsmember will serve with conservation professionals with the Cottonwood and other area Soil and Water Conservation Districts supporting the work of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture with local implementation of the Minnesota Agriculture Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP), learning hands-on skills in assessing and managing soil and water resources. One position based in Windom, Minnesota and one position based in Carlton, Minnesota
  • Visitor Services Corpsmember: This Corpsmember will serve with conservation professionals in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Friends of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, and dedicated volunteers to provide relevant meaning public education programs and media for visitors to Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, in addition to answering visitor questions and supporting refuge volunteers. Sherburn NWR staff provide guidance in order to fulfill the refuge mission of “Promoting the health and well-being of migrator birds and their habitat.” Based in Zimmerman, Minnesota. 
  • Monitoring and Outreach Corpsmember: The Corpsmember will serve with conservation professionals with the International Water Institute (IWI). The Corps member will assist with monitoring projects, water quality monitoring, and watershed education program in the Red River of the North Basin (Minnesota and North Dakota). Based in Fargo, North Dakota.
  • Community and Energy Outreach Corpsmember: The Corpsmember will serve with conservation professionals with the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE). This position will help meet recruitment goals for the Home Energy Squad Program (HES), delivered by CEE and administering the youth education program. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Outdoor Recreation Specialist: The Specialist will serve with conservation professionals with the Parks and Trails Division and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to achieve the important goal of increasing participation in outdoor recreation and visitation to Minnesota state parks and trails through support of the DNR’s “I Can!” program. The Specialist will serve as a leader in program implementation and will assist PAT in the development of new programs and outreach initiatives. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota. 
  • Off-Highway Vehicle Specialist: The Specialist will serve with conservation professionals with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The purpose of this position is to strategize, support, and implement ways to strengthen a sustainable and fun Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) system in Minnesota. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Parks and Trails Legacy Outreach Specialist: The Specialist will serve with conservation professionals with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The purpose of this position is to strategize, support, and implement ways to include the public in decision-making processes regarding use of the Parks and Trails Legacy Funds and support efforts of the Parks and Trails Legacy Advisor Committee. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Communications Outreach Specialist: The Specialist will serve with conservation professionals with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). It will assist with development and improvement of the DNR’s Scientific and Natural Areas (SNA) Program, and Native Prairie Bank (NPB). Outreach Initiatives relating to communications, primarily social media, and email marketing. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Requirements :
  • 18-25 years old.
  • 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.
  • Full term of service must be completed in order to receive the education award.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and safe driving record (no major moving violations or DUI’s in the past five years).
Contact Information :

Adrienne Amell

Recruitment Manager

[email protected]