Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa is accepting applications for AmeriCorps Field Crew Members (ages 18-25) in our Northwest Minnesota district. Corpsmembers participate in on-the-job training to learn natural resource management skills and then put those skills into practice working outdoors on conservation projects across the upper Midwest. This position is a full-time commitment for a 7.5-month AmeriCorps service term, Monday–Thursday, 10 hours each day.
CREW LOCATIONS (Minnesota): *Program is NOT residential; members must secure their own housing near the crew location.
— Fergus Falls
SERVICE TERM DATES, STIPEND & AWARD:
— Term: 3/26/2015 to 11/12/2015
— Monthly stipend: $1235
— Education award: $4315 upon completion of term
RESPONSIBILITIES: Crew Members receive training and complete habitat restoration projects such as tree planting, exotic species management and herbicide application, timber stand improvement, streambank stabilization and erosion control, basic carpentry, prescribed burning, trail construction and maintenance, wildlife habitat improvement, wild land firefighting and emergency response. Habitat restoration projects are performed outdoors in partnership with public land management organizations such as state and federal agencies, cities, counties and trail associations.
— Ability to perform the Essential Service Functions 40 hours per week:
—- Long (10 hour) days of shoveling, digging and swinging heavy tools repetitively
—- Long (10 hour) days of chainsaw/brush saw work
—- Heavy lifting, bending and carrying up to 50 pounds
—- Walking/working on steep or uneven terrain
—- Working in extremes of heat or cold
—- Working, eating and camping outdoors in all weather conditions
— 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 the entire term of AmeriCorps service.
— Flexible schedule to accommodate week-long out of town assignments and emergency response.
— Must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
— Must successfully pass 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.
— Must successfully pass medical review process.
REQUIREMENTS: Must be 18-25 years old and be able to perform the essential functions of the job, including physically strenuous work 40 hours per week. Typical work week is Monday–Thursday (10 hours each day), with other days scheduled as required. Crew Members should be available for week-long out-of-town assignments that involve camping near the work project site. A full term of service must be completed in order to receive the education award. Personal protective equipment provided and required.
BENEFITS: Crew Members will receive a living stipend of $1235 a month, health insurance, student loan forbearance during the service term and a post-service AmeriCorps Education Award that may be used for college expenses or to repay qualified student loans. Members will have the opportunity to explore career options within the environmental field.
This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, sex, political affiliation or religion. 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.