Overview

Youth Outdoors School and Community Forest Crew Member/Leader

AmeriCorps Youth Outdoors School and Community Forest Members and Leaders will participate in on-the-job training to learn natural resource management and forestry skills, and put those skills into practice completing work at School Forest and Community Forest sites in Minnesota. Community Forest projects involve working with project partners to complete tree plantings in 12 communities across Minnesota, mainly during the spring and fall. School Forest projects involve working with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and other project partners to complete site renovation and training at designated School Forest sites across the state. The crew will use natural resource and forestry management techniques to improve outdoor classroom sites and provide training to site stewards, facility managers, teachers and community partners. The crew will also engage students at school forest sites by providing environment education and leading the students in service-learning projects. The majority of project work will take place in School Forests.

JOB DETAILS:
— AmeriCorps service position (ages 18-25)
— Term dates (crew leader): February 5 – December 13, 2018
— Term dates (crew member): February 19 – December 13, 2018
— Schedule: Full-time, at least 40 hours per week. Schedules vary and include after-school and weekend shifts.
— Stipend: $1690/mo for crew leaders and $1355/mo for crew members
— Education award: $5815 upon successful completion of term
— Location: Saint Paul, MN

QUALIFICATIONS: Crew Member
— Ability to work hard in an outdoor setting in adverse conditions for a minimum of 40 hrs/week.
— Desire to foster strong work habits, environmental ethics, youth leadership and team unity.
— Ability to present to groups in an outdoor setting
— Desire to work with youth development and natural resource management; 15-20% of the service term is dedicated to technical and personal-skill training
— Positive attitude, interest in service and community work and desire to make a difference.

QUALIFICATIONS: Crew Leader (in addition to above Crew Member qualifications)
— Prior leadership experience with peers
— Experience coordinating project tasks and logistics
— Experience and/or education in natural resource management, environmental education, youth development or outdoor recreation

REQUIREMENTS:
— 18-25 years old.
— Able to complete an arduous Work Capacity Test. The arduous level requires individuals to walk 3 miles in 45 minutes while carrying a 45 pound pack on level terrain.
— Able to perform the Essential Service Functions 40 hours/week
— Flexible schedule to accommodate week-long out of town assignments.
— Flexible schedule to accommodate up to 30 days of out of town emergency response.
— Full term of service must be completed in order to receive the education award.
— Crew Leaders Only: Valid driver’s license and safe driving record (no major moving violations or DUI’s in the past five years).

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

For more details and a complete list of qualifications and requirements, please visit our application page.

APPLY ONLINE: conservationcorps.org/apply

DEADLINE: December 31, 2017

Questions? Contact Megan Zeiher, Recruitment Coordinator
[email protected] or 651-209-9900 x35

About Conservation Corps MN & IA

AmeriCorps Field Crew Leader
AmeriCorps Field Crew Leaders (ages 18-25) lead crews of 4-5 members in natural resource management projects across the Midwest. Typical projects include tree planting, exotic species management, trail construction, stream bank stabilization, prescribed burning, wildland fire fighting and emergency response. Crew Leaders assist with member training and development, perform equipment maintenance and help members improve technical skills. Leader serve as the primary liaison between project hosts and program staff and are responsible for the crew’s overall service performance and safety during a project. Crew Leaders also get the chance to work alongside conservation professionals and explore career options within the environmental field.
JOB DETAILS:
-- AmeriCorps service position (ages 18-25)
-- Term dates: February 1 – December 15, 2018
-- 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: $1690/mo
-- Education award: $5815 upon successful completion of term
LOCATIONS:
-- Northwest Minnesota: Brainerd, Bemidji, Fergus Falls
-- Northeast Minnesota: Grand Rapids, Moose Lake, Gooseberry Falls State Park, Duluth
-- Central Minnesota: St. Paul, Hanover, Shakopee, Andover, Carver, Plymouth
-- Southern Minnesota: Rochester, Mankato
-- Iowa: Ames, Des Moines, Council Bluffs
QUALIFICATIONS:
-- Positive attitude and interest in service and community work.
-- Previous experience in a leadership role and ability to lead or co-lead a crew of 4 or 5 members (ages 18-25).
-- Effective communication skills.
-- Experience or education in natural resource management, habitat restoration work and/or related fields.
-- Experience in hand and power tool safety and small engine repair is preferred.
-- Positive attitude and interest in service and community work.
-- Dedication to complete the full term of AmeriCorps service.
REQUIREMENTS:
-- 18-25 years old.
-- Able to complete an arduous Work Capacity Test. The arduous level requires individuals to walk 3 miles in 45 minutes while carrying a 45 pound pack on level terrain.
-- Able to perform the Essential Service Functions 40 hours/week
-- Flexible schedule to accommodate week-long out of town assignments.
-- Flexible schedule to accommodate up to 30 days of out of town emergency response.
-- Valid driver’s license and safe driving record (no major moving violations or DUI’s in the past five years).
-- Full term of service must be completed in order to receive the education award.
BENEFITS:
-- Monthly stipend
-- Education award upon successful completion of term
-- Health insurance
-- Student loan forbearance during service term
-- Skills training and job experience
For more details and a complete list of qualifications and requirements, please visit our application page.
APPLY ONLINE: conservationcorps.org/apply
DEADLINE: December 31, 2017
Questions? Contact Megan Zeiher, Recruitment Coordinator
[email protected] or 651-209-9900 x35