I Can Paddle! is one of several I Can! programs, sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). I Can! programs introduce Minnesota families to a variety of outdoor activities including camping, fishing, paddling, and rock climbing. I Can Paddle! Crew Members serve as paddling instructors and guides for weekend canoe and kayak workshops. Instructors teach basic paddling technique and provide on-the-water guidance for first-time paddlers. Workshops take place on both lakes and rivers managed by the DNR. Instructors provide environmental education throughout the workshops as well, offering participants information about Minnesota’s natural resources. Through their dedicated service, I Can Paddle! AmeriCorps members add value to the community and environment.
Term dates, schedule and location:
- Term: May 14 – September 3, 2018
- Schedule: Varies. Typically 32 hrs/week, Thursday-Sunday. Overnight camping required.
- Location: Saint Paul, MN
- This is not a residential program. Corps members are required to secure their own housing near the crew location.
Stipend and award:
- Monthly stipend:
- Crew Leader: $1352/mo
- Crew Member: $1084/mo
- Education award: $1538.36 upon successful completion of term
- Ability to teach basic paddling strokes and techniques to a diverse group of first-time paddlers
- Desire to educate and inspire community members by fostering a safe and supportive environment for camping
- Ability to provide environmental education to members of the public
- Positive attitude, interest in service and community work and desire to make a difference
Qualifications: Leader (in addition to above Crew Member qualifications)
- Prior paddling experience (canoe and/or kayak) on lakes and rivers
- Prior experience planning and leading trips preferred
- Prior leadership experience with peers
- Experience coordinating project tasks and logistics
- 18-25 years old.
- Able to perform the Essential Service Functions 32 hours/week, including physically strenuous work.
- 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.
- Flexible schedule to accommodate out-of-town assignments.
- Must successfully pass medical review process.
- Valid driver’s license and safe driving record (no major moving violations or DUI’s in the past five years).
- Full term of service must be completed in order to receive the education award.
- 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 I Can Paddle! Crew Member
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: May 10, 2018
Early application encouraged. If spots fill, application may close early.
Questions? Contact Megan Zeiher, Recruitment Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-209-9900 x35