Seasonal Youth Outdoors Crew Member

Location: Twin Cities, MN
Date Posted: 03-06-2018
AmeriCorps Youth Outdoors Members and Leaders (ages 18-25) perform natural resource restoration projects with a crew of their adult peers and put those skills into practice engaging Twin Cities youth in after-school service projects and environmental education or completing work at School Forest and Community Forest sites in Minnesota.
For crews engaging youth in spring and fall, corpsmembers lead crews of Twin Cities’ youth participants (ages 15-18) in environmental education and community service projects after school and on Saturdays. In summer, crews complete natural resource restoration projects. Corpsmembers inspire youth, conduct community outreach and restore habitat in partnership with resource management agencies, working alongside conservation professionals.
For Crew Members working at School and Community Forest sites, projects involve working with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and other project partners to complete site renovation and training at designated School Forest sites across the state. The crew will use natural resource and forestry management techniques to improve outdoor classroom sites and provide training to site stewards, facility managers, teachers and community partners. The crew will also engage students at school forest sites by providing environment education and leading the students in service-learning projects.
This is a full-time commitment for a seven-month AmeriCorps service term. The Crew Member or Leader 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 14-December 15, 2018
  • Schedule: Full-time, at least 40 hours per week
    • Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. typical during training and in summer
    • Tuesday – Saturday, varied hours, typical during spring and fall youth programming.
Stipend and award:
  • Monthly stipend: $1355
  • Education award: $2907 upon successful completion of term
Locations: Housing is not provided by the Corps. Member must secure their own housing near service location.
  • Saint Paul
  • Minneapolis
  • Greater Ramsey County
  • Ability to work hard in an outdoor setting in adverse conditions for a minimum of 40 hrs/week
  • Desire to work with diverse youth in conservation, education and recreation settings
  • Commitment to foster strong work habits, environmental ethics, youth leadership and team unity
  • Desire to educate and inspire the next generation by leading interpretive programs
  • Ability to present to large groups in an outdoor setting, sometimes consisting of over 60 people of all ages
  • Desire to learn skills in youth development and/or natural resource management; 15-20% of the service term is dedicated to technical and personal-skill training
  • Positive attitude, interest in service and community work and desire to make a difference
  • 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
  • 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 after-school and weekend hours, as well as possible week-long out-of-town projects and emergency response.
  • Must successfully pass medical review process.
  • 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 Crew Member or School and Community Forest Crew Member position descriptions.
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: April 20
Early application encouraged. Applications considered as received.
Questions? Contact Megan Zeiher, Recruitment Coordinator or 651-209-9900 x35
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