Service Term: 1700-hour AmeriCorps position; January/February – November/December
Living Allowance: $2,200/month (member) $2,300/month (leader)
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. Natural resources projects vary by region and crew location, but may include:
– Invasive species management
– Stream bank stabilization, erosion control
– Prescribed burning
– Trail construction & maintenance
– Tree planting
– Basic carpentry
– Wild land fire suppression
– Emergency response
– Crew Members develop technical skills throughout their term while completing challenging and impactful conservation projects.
Crew Leaders typically lead a crew of 4 or 5 AmeriCorps members, serving as the primary liaison between project hosts and program staff. The Crew Leader is responsible for the crew’s service and safety during each project.
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 Falls,
Missouri: Round Spring
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 (4 – 12 consecutive days) is often required for service projects.
– Education Award: $6,895, if eligible and upon successful completion of program
– Student loan forbearance (on qualifying student loans)
– Health insurance
– Childcare assistance
– Training, certifications, networking
- Be 18-35 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 sawing; Heavy lifting, bending, and carrying up to 50 pounds; Walking and working on steep or uneven terrain; Working in extremes of heat or cold
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.