Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa

Actively Recruiting:

Position title :
Field Specialist

Deadline to apply :
Applications accepted on rolling basis

Type of Position :
Crew Leader

Town, City, Park, etc :

State / Territory :
Iowa, Minnesota

Benefits :

Project/Program Focus :
Forestry, Habitat Restoration, Historic Preservation, Invasive Species Mngmt, Landscaping, Trails, Wildfire Mngmt, Young Adult Programs (18+)

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 :
AmeriCorps Field Crews serve outdoors restoring habitat, managing natural resources, and occasionally responding to natural disasters or community needs. The Field Crew program prioritizes personal and professional growth while teaching hands-on conservation skills in the field. Members develop technical skills throughout their term while completing challenging and impactful conservation projects. Natural resources projects vary by region and crew location, but may include:
  • Invasive species management
  • Stream bank stabilization, erosion control
  • Prescribed burning
  • Trail construction & maintenance
  • Tree planting
  • Basic carpentry
  • Wild land fire suppression
  • Emergency response
Projects are in partnership with public land management agencies such as the State Department of Natural Resources, US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service, cities, counties, and trail associations. Projects are physically challenging and team-oriented and occur throughout the Midwest, including urban and wilderness settings. Depending on crew location, up to 90% of projects will be out-of-town assignments, requiring camping for 4 – 12 consecutive days. Crews are led by AmeriCorps Crew Leaders and supervised by two Regional Managers.
The Field Specialist position is integral to the AmeriCorps Field Program’s goal of accomplishing service projects throughout the upper Midwest, as well as providing training, education, coordination and leadership to ensure a positive and safe experience for Regional AmeriCorps members. Primary responsibilities include: fostering AmeriCorps member development through experiential learning, providing technical skills training, monitoring field safety and conducting equipment maintenance. In addition, the Field Specialist helps coordinate logistics, tools and equipment for regional service projects, shuttles vehicles and/or equipment as needed, and serves alongside AmeriCorps members on more technical field projects.
Job Duties :
  • Complete natural resources service projects in cooperation with fellow members safely, effectively and efficiently and to the satisfaction and specifications of the project host
  • Abide by Corps program safety regulations as well as applicable federal/state/municipal law and OSHA requirements; communicate any safety concerns and incidents
  • Contribute actively to the team to complete projects, demonstrating a commitment to the Corps values of safety, service, respect, equity and community, as well as justice, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Positive attitude, desire to learn new skills, interest in community service; represent Conservation Corps in positive manner in public
  • Serve a minimum of 1700 hours and complete the entire service term per the start and end dates listed on the Member Service Agreement
  • Complete and approve timecards and other required reports and paperwork in timely manner
  • Provide or coordinate trainings, including skills training and project-specific trainings, and maintain training logs and recordsPromote and follow all safety requirements of OSHA, project hosts and the Corps, including protocols implemented to mitigate the risk of COVID-19.
  • Maintain and track equipment and assure proper maintenance of Corps fleetsand equipment, including maintaining logs and records.
  • Coordinate service projects and assist with project management, including trainings, site safety visits, assisting crews with technical projects, filling in for short-handed crews, shuttling equipment and mentoring Crew Leaders. Partner with project hosts and Crew Leaders to determine schedules, daily plans, tasks, tools and responsibilities so projects are accomplished in an efficient, safe and consistent manner.
Requirements :
  • Ability and desire to work well with others in a team setting, outdoors and in all weather conditions
  • Commitment to upholding Corps values of safety, service, respect, equity, and community
  • Dedication to complete the full term of AmeriCorps service
  • Ability to perform the Essential Service Functions, which include but are not limited to:
    • Long (10 hour) days of shoveling, digging, and swinging heavy tools repetitively
    • Long (10 hour) days of chainsawing / brush sawing
    • Heavy lifting, bending, and carrying up to 50 pounds
    • Walking and working on steep or uneven terrain
    • Working in extremes of heat or cold
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate week-long out of town assignments and emergency response
  • Must be a US Citizen, US National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the US
  • Must pass a criminal history check consisting of a National Sex Offender Public Website check, a state criminal history check, and a fingerprint-based FBI check. Passing the criminal history check is defined as no positive hits on the NSOPW and no history of violent offenses on the state or FBI checks.
  • High school degree, GED, or willingness to work towards obtaining a GED
  • Working knowledge of conservation project management from a variety of disciplines such as timber stand improvement, trail construction, GIS/GPS surveying, rain garden installation, habitat restoration and prairie/forest management.
  • Experience with hand and power tool safety, use and small engine repair.
  • Experience in tree felling and chainsaw operations, construction and mechanical skills.
  • Red card certification and wildland firefighting and/or prescribed burning experience.
  • Current First Aid/CPR certificate or better.
  • Previous experience in a leadership role, including coordinating and implementing trainings.
  • Effective communication skills and ability to multi-task and be flexible in responsibilities.
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate week-long out of town assignments and month-long or extended emergency response.
  • Previous AmeriCorps experience and four-year degree in a related field is preferred.
  • Iowa locations only: Must possess or be able to acquire an Iowa Department of Agriculture Commercial Pesticide Applicator License. Corps will provide training and support to obtain license
Contact Information :

Adrienne Amell

Recruitment Manager

[email protected]