Conservation Apprentice Academy

Location: Various, MN
Date Posted: 12-14-2017
AmeriCorps Conservation Academy Apprentices (ages 18-25) serve alongside a natural resource professional in a Minnesota Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), learning hands-on skills in managing soil and water resources. Management projects may include service and groundwater monitoring, wetland and watercourse inventories and assessments, preparation for cost-share and easement programs, field surveying and site inspections, and coordinating educational programs. Apprentices may also communicate with local landowners to develop management plans, gather input on best practices and provide education materials on water resources.
 
Service activities will occur in both an office and outdoors setting, in all weather conditions and across all terrain. This is a full-time commitment for a summer AmeriCorps service term. Apprentices will receive a monthly stipend and an education award upon successful completion of the term that may be used for education expenses or to repay qualified student loans.
 
Term dates and schedule:
  • Term: May 15 – August 10, 2018
  • Schedule: Full-time, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. typical. Some evening and weekend hours may be required.
 
Stipend and award:
  • Monthly stipend: $1355
  • Education award: $1538.36 upon successful completion of term
 
Location: Housing is not provided by the Corps. Apprentice must secure their own housing near service location.
  • 30 SWCD locations across Minnesota
Specific locations have not been determined for summer 2018. Please choose a region preference from those below - you will receive a follow-up email when locations have been set that will allow you to further define your preferences.

 
Qualifications:
  • Positive attitude and strong commitment to service and community work.
  • Flexibility to work both independently and in a team setting.
  • Ability to work outdoors across varied terrain and in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to educate and interact with landowners and community members.
  • Familiarity with MS Office software.
  • Academic and/or field experience in natural resources preferred.
  • Knowledge of GIS software and GPS use preferred.
  • Farming and agricultural knowledge including tractor operation and/or trailer pulling experience is preferred.
  • Training will be provided in these areas as needed; up to 15-20% of the service term is dedicated to technical and personal skills training.
     
 
Requirements:
  • 18-25 years old.
  • Must be a US Citizen, US National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the US.
  • Must pass the National Sex Offender Public Registry and criminal history check. “Pass” is defined as no positive hits on the NSOPR and no history of violent offenses on the criminal history check.
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Full term of service must be completed in order to receive the education award.
 
Benefits:
  • Monthly stipend
  • Education award upon successful completion of term
  • Skills training and job experience
  • Health insurance
  • Student loan forbearance during service term


For more information, view the Conservation Apprentice position description.


This program is available to all, without regard to disability, race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or political affiliation. The Conservation Corps engages AmeriCorps members, ages 18-25, as defined under the American Conservation and Youth Service Corps Act, a subtitle of the National and Community Service Act of 1990. Reasonable accommodations provided upon request.
 
Deadline: March 3, 2018
 
Questions? Contact Megan Zeiher, Recruitment Coordinator
recruit@conservationcorps.org or 651-209-9900 x35
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