Position: American Sign Language Crew Leader & Interpreter (AmeriCorps, ages 19 – 35)

Location: This is a residential program; food and lodging will be provided during the service term. Based at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, MN; travel throughout region to complete projects.

Service Term: 675-hour AmeriCorps position; 5/28 – 5/31 online training and 6/3 – 8/14 residential

+ Living Allowance: $2,400/month
+ Housing & Food Provided
+ Education Award: $2,817.14, if eligible and upon successful completion of program
+ Student loan forbearance (on qualifying student loans)
+ Health insurance
+ Childcare assistance
+ Training, certifications, networking

Position Summary: Summer Youth Corps American Sign Language (ASL) Crew Leader & Interpreters will add value to the community, environment and youth participants through their dedicated service. The Crew Leader & Interpreter will motivate and supervise an ASL crew of Deaf, Hard-of-hearing, and hearing young people in a rigorous program focused on job skills training, environmental education, and conservation projects. The Crew Leader will be responsible for behavior management and fostering positive crew morale by through consistent teamwork. The member must ensure that they and the crew adhere to program goals and mission. The member will work alongside youth to set the standard and pace of work. While serving alongside another AmeriCorps member, the Crew Leader & Interpreter will provide collaborative leadership for the crew, ensure safety procedures are followed, and communicate with project partners. Projects may include but are not limited to:
+ Introduced species management
+ Trail construction & maintenance
+ Stream bank stabilization, erosion control
+ Rain garden construction
+ Tree planting
+ Basic carpentry
+ Plant or animal surveying
+ Emergency response

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 – Friday, 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM, including a mandatory 30 minute lunch break which does not count towards service hours and an additional hour of facilitating education activities for youth in the evening. Crews typically camp near their project sites for a week, then do crew chores including laundry, grocery shopping, phone calls home, and travel to a new project location on Sundays.

Tagged as: Conservation, Crew


+ Completion of or ongoing study in a certified ASL interpreter associate or bachelor program;
OR, possess fluent ASL
+ Possess excellent ASL and knowledge of Deaf culture
+ Ability and desire to work well with others in a team setting, outdoors, and in all weather conditions
+ 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

Required Skills:

Ability to perform the Essential Service Functions, which include but are not limited to:
+ Long (7-8 hour) days of shoveling, digging, and swinging heavy tools repetitively
+ Heavy lifting, bending, and carrying up to 50 pounds
+ Walking and working on steep or uneven terrain
+ Working in extremes of heat or cold
+ Eating and camping outdoors in all weather conditions

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

Apply at https://conservationcorps.org/join/