Outdoor Recreation Instructors serve alongside the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, teaching families camping or canoe/kayak paddling skills and educating the public about local ecology and natural resources as part of the I Can Paddle! And I Can Camp! programs.

The I Can! programs introduce Minnesota families to a variety of outdoor activities including camping, fishing, paddling, and rock climbing.

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.

Women, BIPOC, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


· Entry level, no prior experience required

· Term: May – August

· Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota

· Typical schedule: Full-time 40 hours per week, Wednesday – Sunday, with hours varying depending on workshop schedules. Overnight travel (3-4 consecutive days) is often required.


· Stipend: $1,610/month

· Education award: $1,678 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

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Staff, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education, Water Skills


· 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

· Commitment to upholding Corps values of safety, service, respect, equity and community

· High school degree, GED, or willingness to work towards obtaining a GED

· Preferred: Knowledge of basic paddling strokes and techniques; knowledge of basic camping and backpacking skills

About Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa

Conservation Corps provides hands-on environmental stewardship and service-learning opportunities to youth and young adults while accomplishing conservation, natural resource management and emergency response work.

Application Instructions

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