Bridges

Location: Twin Cities, MN
Date Posted: 12-14-2017
Youth Outdoors Bridges crew members (ages 15-18) add value to their communities, the environment and themselves through their dedicated service. Crew members participate in a rigorous program of work, education and training and complete environmental restoration projects. Projects may include rain garden installation, invasive plant removal, trail maintenance, energy conservation activities, wildlife habitat construction, prairie restoration and leading volunteers. Most projects will occur in the Twin Cities metro area and in Afton State Park; some projects may be scheduled outside the Metro area. Crews will “spike,” or camp overnight at Afton State Park every other week. Additional one-night spike trips may be required.
 
This is a commitment to a full summer program, including work, camp chores, and evening recreation and education (this includes weekend activities during the final three weeks of the program). The last three weeks of the program take place at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, Minn. This requires being away from home for three weeks, participating in work projects and educational activities with the crew. Priority consideration for the Bridges program will be given to applicants who previously participated in Youth Outdoors. 
 
Program dates, schedule and compensation:
  • Program dates: Mid June-August 19, 2018
  • Schedule: 32 hours/week (typical). Schedule varies, depending on crew camp schedule. The last three weeks of the program will take place entirely at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center.
  • Compensation: $9.50/hour
 
Location: Projects will take place in one of three locations during the program term:
  • Twin Cities, Minn.
  • Afton State Park, Minn.
  • Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, Finland, Minn.
 
Qualifications:
  • Desire and ability to work hard outdoors.
  • Desire to work with peers in conservation, education and recreation settings.
  • Ability to camp and live outdoors for a week at a time, as required by project schedule.
  • Ability to practice strong work habits, environmental ethics and team unity.
  • Positive attitude, interest in service and community work and desire to make a difference.
  • Previous experience is not required; 15-20% of program is dedicated to technical and personal-skill training.
 
Requirements:
  • Must be 15-18 years old on program start date. Due to child labor laws, no exceptions can be made.
  • Priority consideration will be given to applicants who previously participated in Youth Outdooors. 
 
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.
 
Preferred Deadline: May 4, 2018
 
Questions? Contact youth@conservationcorps.org.
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