Summer Youth Corps crew leaders grow personally and professionally during their summer service term while gaining hands-on skills in conservation and youth development. Crew leaders train and supervise youth crew members on project work and lead educational and recreational activities during this summer residential program based in St. Croix State Park. Crews complete natural resources projects 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 vary by location, but may include:

• Introduced species management
• Trail construction & maintenance
• Stream bank stabilization, erosion control
• Rain garden construction
• Tree planting
• Basic carpentry
• Plant or animal surveying
• Emergency response

We provide hands-on job skills training and certifications. This position does not require prior experience in natural resources.

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa envisions a world where 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.
Since the late 1970s, Summer Youth Corps crews and all education/recreation activities have been inclusive, with American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. Deaf and hard-of-hearing young adults, ASL interpreters, and anyone studying ASL is encouraged to apply.
Women, BIPOC, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

• Entry level, no prior experience necessary
• Term: June 1 – August 15
• Location: This is a residential program based in St. Croix State Park, MN with frequent travel throughout the region; food and lodging will be provided during the service term
• Typical schedule: Full-time 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM, with an additional hour of facilitating education activities in the evening. Hours may vary by location and project. Overnight camping (during the week) is required.

• Stipend: $1,810/month
• Housing and food provided
• Education award: $2,417.14 that can be used on qualifying student loans or education expenses
• Up to 20% of time spent on skills training, development, and certifications
• Health insurance
• Childcare assistance
• Student loan forbearance on qualifying loans
• Access to member assistance fund
• Networking and career development events and opportunities
• Access to the AmeriCorps alumni network
• Evenings and weekends are spent canoeing, fishing, playing games, relaxing by the campfire, and visiting historic places.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Conservation, Crew, Development, Teaching/Education, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders


• US Citizen, national, or permanent resident (per AmeriCorps eligibility guidelines)
• Ability and desire to work well with others in a team setting, outdoors and in all weather conditions
• Ability to foster strong work habits, environmental ethics, youth leadership, and team unity with youth from diverse backgrounds who may be experiencing a job and/or camping for the first time
• Commitment to upholding Corps values of safety, service, respect, equity and community
• High school degree, GED,

Required Skills:

• High school degree, GED, or willingness to work towards obtaining a GED
• Valid driver’s license and safe driving record (no major moving violations or DUI’s in the past five years) as crew leaders drive 12 passenger vans to transport crew.

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.

Application Instructions

For more details and a complete list of qualifications, duties, and benefits, please visit our application page. Apply online: conservationcorps.org/join