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:

· Invasive 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: May – August

· 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: $1,610/month

· Housing and food provided

· Education award: $3,172 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: 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

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 qualifications, duties, and benefits, please visit our application page. Apply online: conservationcorps.org/join