Position: Field Crew Member (AmeriCorps, ages 18 – 35)
Location: Various, in Minnesota and Iowa
This is not a residential program; participants must secure housing near the crew location.
Service Term: 1700-hour AmeriCorps position; January/February – November/December
Position Summary: 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
Trail construction & maintenance
Wild land fire suppression
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 2 Regional Managers.
Northern Minnesota: Bemidji, Duluth, Gooseberry Falls State Park
Central Minnesota: St. Paul, Hanover, Plymouth, Shakopee, Andover, Chaska
Southern Minnesota: Rochester, Mankato
Iowa: Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls
Duties & Responsibilities
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, upholding the Corps values of safety, service, respect, equity and community
Positive attitude, desire to learn new skills, interest in community service; represent Conservation Corps in positive manner in
Share project highlights and photos with the Marketing and Communications Department for inclusion in news release articles and other communications
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 fashion
Hours & Schedule
Schedules can vary, depending on crew location. Crew members should expect to be scheduled for at least 40 hours of service per week. A typical schedule is Monday – Thursday, 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM. Overnight travel
Be 18-25 years old.
Commitment to upholding Corps values of safety, service, respect, equity and community
Ability to perform the Essential Service Functions, which include:
Long (10 hour) days of shoveling, digging and swinging heavy tools repetitively
Long (10 hour) days of chainsawing / brush sawin
Heavy lifting, bending, and carrying up to 50 pounds
Walking and working on steep or uneven terrain
Working in extremes of heat or cold
Must be a US Citizen, US National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the US
Must pass criminal history check consisting of a National Sex Offender Public Website check, a state criminal history check, and a fingerprint-based FBI check.
High school degree, GED, or willingness to work towards obtaining a GED
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
Living Allowance: $1,810 - $2,076/month
Education Award: $6,495, if eligible and upon successful completion of program
Student loan forbearance (on qualifying student loans)
Women, BIPOC, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa requires all employees and AmeriCorps members to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 OR provide a weekly COVID-19 test.
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.