Youth Outdoors Field Specialist

Location: Saint Paul, MN
Date Posted: 11-01-2018
The AmeriCorps Youth Outdoors Field Specialist (ages 18-25 preferred) position provides training, education, coordination and leadership to Youth Outdoors corpsmembers and ensures a positive and safe experience for all participants. This position reports to the Youth Outdoors Program Manager. The Field Specialist will help fellow members achieve personal and program success through the principles of team work and service-learning. Specialists must be responsive to instructions and feedback delivered by the Field Coordinator, Regional Staff, and project hosts from land management agencies such as the DNR, USFWS, NPS, SWCDs, cities and counties.
This is a full-time commitment for a year-long AmeriCorps service term. The member 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: January 7-December 13, 2019
  • Schedule: 40 hours per week, schedule varies and includes after-school and weekend shifts
Stipend and award:
  • Monthly stipend: $1990
  • Education award: $5920 upon successful completion of term
Location: Housing is not provided by the Corps. Member must secure their own housing near service location.
  • Saint Paul
  • Working knowledge of conservation project management from a variety of disciplines such as timber stand improvement, trail construction, GIS/GPS surveying, rain garden installation, habitat restoration and prairie/forest management.
  • Experience with hand and power tool safety, use and small engine repair.
  • Experience in tree felling and chainsaw operations, construction and mechanical skills.
  • Current First Aid/CPR certificate or better.
  • Previous experience in a leadership role, including coordinating and implementing trainings.
  • Effective communication skills and ability to multi-task and be flexible in responsibilities.
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate week-long out of town assignments and month-long or extended emergency response.
  • Previous AmeriCorps experience and four-year degree in a related field is preferred.
  • 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.
  • Full term of service must be completed in order to receive the education award.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and safe driving record (no major moving violations or DUI’s in the past five years).
  • Monthly stipend
  • Education award upon successful completion of term
  • Skills training and job experience
  • Health insurance
  • Student loan forbearance during service term
Training: As an AmeriCorps service learning program and to prepare members for habitat restoration projects, the Corps provides orientation and skills training at the start of the program year, and additional region or project specific training throughout the service term including:
  • AmeriCorps benefits
  • Team building and conflict resolution
  • Diversity
  • Safety and risk management
  • Power and hand tool safety and use
  • Tool maintenance
  • S130 & S190 Firefighter training and red card certification
  • Red Cross first aid and CPR
  • Defensive driving
  • Trailer operation and safety
  • Invasive species management/herbicide application
  • Tree identification
  • Leave No Trace

For more information, view the Youth Outdoors Field Specialist 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: November 19, 2018
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Questions? Contact Megan Zeiher, Recruitment Coordinator or 651-209-9900 x35
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