Superior National Forest Crew Member/Leader

Location: Ely & Tofte, MN
Date Posted: 12-14-2017
AmeriCorps Superior National Forest Crews (ages 18-25) receive on-the-job training to learn natural resources management skills and put those skills into practice working on projects throughout Superior National Forest. Leader and member positions involve physically challenging, team-oriented outdoor work on conservation projects such as invasive species management, fuels reduction, campsite maintenance, timber stand improvement, trail maintenance, tree planting, timber marking, and wildfire suppression/prescribed burning. The Crew Leader works directly with Crew Members to complete all forest improvement projects, monitoring member performance and safety and providing on-site education and training.
 
Superior National Forest seasonal crews are part of the Superior National Forest’s “Faces of Tomorrow” initiative, an effort to improve the diversity of their future workforce. Therefore, priority will be given to minorities and under-represented applicants between the ages 18-25. Corpsmembers receive intensive training and on-the-job experience to make them highly competitive for permanent, full-time jobs in the Forest Service following service term completion.
 
Term dates and schedule:
  • Term:
    • Ely: May 21 (Crew Leaders: May 14) – August 17, 2018
    • Tofte: May 21 (Crew Leaders: May 14) – October 29, 2018
  • Schedule: Full-time, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. typical
 
Stipend and award:
  • Monthly stipend:
    • Crew Leader: $1690
    • Crew Member: $1355
  • Education award:
    • Ely: $1538.36 upon successful completion of term
    • Tofte: $2907 upon successful completion of term
 
Locations: This is not a residential program, but free dormitory/bunkhouse lodging is available if needed. All Corpsmembers are responsible for food and transportation to and from the shop location each day.
  • West Side (Ely, MN): Lodging in Vermillion Community College dorms
  • East side (Tofte, MN): Lodging in the Forest Service bunkhouse
 
Qualifications: Crew Member
  • Ability to work well with others in a team setting.  
  • Strong desire to learn new skills.
  • Positive attitude and interest in service and community work.
  • Dedication to complete the full term of AmeriCorps service.  
 
Qualifications: Crew Leader (in addition to above Crew Member qualifications)
  • Previous experience in a leadership role and ability to independently lead a crew of 5 members (ages 18-25)
  • Effective communication skills
  • Experience/education in trail and habitat restoration work
  • Experience in hand and power tool safety and small engine repair
  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record (no major moving violations or DUI’s in the past five years). Must be 21 or older to operate leased fleet.
  • Previous Corps experience preferred
 
Requirements:
  • 18-25 years old.
  • Able to perform the Essential Service Functions 40 hours/week:
    • Long (10 hour) days of shoveling, digging and swinging heavy tools repetitively
    • Long (10 hour) days of chainsaw / brush saw work
    • Heavy lifting, bending, and carrying up to 50 pounds
    • Walking and working on steep or uneven terrain
    • Working in extremes of heat or cold
    • Working, eating, and camping outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Ability to complete an arduous Work Capacity Test for Wildfire Certification.  Arduous level requires individuals to walk 3 miles in 45 minutes while carrying a 45 pound pack on level terrain. 
  • 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 week-long out of town assignments and emergency response.  
  • Must successfully pass medical review process.
  • 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
 
Members that extend service into fall and serve 640 hours may be eligible for federal hiring preference through the Public Land Corps Hiring Authority. The Public Land Corps Act, 16 U.S.C. § 1726(b) authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to grant members serving in a Public Lands Corps program (such as Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa) credit for time served with the program, which may be used towards future Federal hiring; and provide former members of the PLC program non-competitive hiring status for a period 120 days after completion of PLC program service.

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.
 
For more information, view the Superior National Forest Crew Member and Leader position descriptions:  
Deadline: March 2, 2018
 
Questions? Contact Megan Zeiher, Recruitment Coordinator
recruit@conservationcorps.org or 651-209-9900 x35
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