The IDEC Assistant Program Manager manages all aspects of Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa’s role in the IDEC program, which is a collaborative initiative between the Corps, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). The IDEC program provides a unique college-to-careers pathway for underrepresented STEM college students, specifically individuals who self-identify as women, Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC), and/or individuals with a disability, who want to pursue a career in environmental and natural resources fields. Students receive a fellowship, mentorship, and paid internship during their academic journey.
The IDEC Assistant Program Manager responsibilities include managing the development and delivery of the fellowship component of the program, providing ongoing support to current participants to access resources and leverage the breadth of the partnership across the three agencies, coordinating recruitment activity for future IDEC fellows, and stewarding the partnership among the state agencies collaborating on IDEC.
• In partnership with staff at the Department of Natural Resources, design, implement, and administer the overall IDEC Program, including goals and outcomes, key performance measures, outreach and recruitment plans, application and selection process, agency-sponsored mentorship and intern programs, program evaluation, and reporting.
• Create, implement, and coordinate the mentorship program component of the project to ensure that participants are successfully matched to a mentor who can facilitate the economic, financial, social, and cultural barriers affecting successful entry into natural resources and environmental careers.
• Coordinate summer internships in conjunction with the DNR IDEC Project Manager and CCMI’s IDEC Coordinator, including a rotational internship experience for the fellows’ first summer, and agency placement internships for subsequent summers.
• Coordinate the development and awareness of paid internships, or intern-like work experiences, with partner state agencies, educational institutions, as well as the DNR to ensure that students receive exposure to the work of the DNR, MPCA, and BWSR.
• Through regular check-ins with IDEC fellows, provide support needed to successfully complete their STEM degrees (examples include helping students identify sources of financial support, helping students access childcare, coaching students in time management, etc.)
• Administer fellowship stipends/scholarships to participants twice a year in coordination with CCMI finance team.
• Coordinate recruitment for future IDEC cohorts (typically up to 15 students) in conjunction with IDEC Coordinator and CCMI recruitment team.
• Coordinate and participate in application review and selection of IDEC fellows in collaboration with the DNR IDEC Project Manager and CCMI
• Three to five (3-5) years demonstrated experience coordinating or implementing programs within or across large organizations.
• Proven ability to work effectively with, interact and communicate with individuals coming from diverse backgrounds and communities.
• Knowledge of barriers that affect underrepresented groups, and the ability to successfully minimize or remove those barriers for participants.
• Familiarity with post-secondary educational systems
About Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa
Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa (CCMI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and AmeriCorps grantee that engages hundreds of youth and young adults each year in programs and initiatives that improve access to outdoor recreation, restore natural habitat, protect waterways, and respond to community needs and natural disasters. Our mission is to engage youth and young adults 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. Learn more at conservationcorps.org.