Field Specialist

Location: Rochester, MN
Date Posted: 08-30-2016
The AmeriCorps Field Specialist (ages 18-25 preferred) provides training, education and leadership to corpsmembers, ensuring projects are done in an efficient, safe and consistent manner. The Field Specialist will spend up to 50% of their time serving with the Nature Conservancy. The Specialist maintains equipment, conducts repairs, and assists with habitat restoration projects such as trail building, carpentry, wildland firefighting and prescribed burning.
This is a full-time commitment for a year-long AmeriCorps service term. The Specialist 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: February 16 – December 15, 2017
  • Schedule: Full-time, Monday-Thursday typical, 10 hrs/day. Some evening and weekend hours may be required.
Stipend and award:
  • Monthly stipend: $1990
  • Education award: $5775 upon successful completion of term
Locations (Minnesota): Housing is not provided by the Corps. Specialist must secure their own housing near service location.
  • Rochester
  • Help coordinate field crews and assist on technical projects as needed, ensuring projects are accomplished in an efficient, safe, and consistent manner. Projects may include
  • Coordinate between project hosts, Regional Staff, DNR Staff and crews. Make sure crews are aware of project goals and are prepared to complete each project.
  • Maintain equipment, conduct repairs and inventory.
  • Promote teamwork and service-learning to ensure corpsmembers achieve personal and program goals.
  • Provide educational, technical and safety training for district corpsmembers. Training may include chainsaw/brush saw safety and use, hand tool safety and use, equipment maintenance, defensive driving, trailer operation, ATV, and tree/plant identification.
  • Ensure corpsmembers are familiar with safety practices and precautions. Develop emergency response plans for each project and conduct safety site inspections and shop safety audits.
  • Perform overnight and weekend spike camp and emergency response duties as assigned.
  • Working knowledge of conservation project management from a variety of disciplines such as trail construction, GIS/GPS surveying, habitat restoration and prairie/forest management.
  • Experience with hand and power tools, tree felling and chainsaw operations, construction and mechanical skills, and wildland firefighting and/or prescribed burning.
  • Previous experience in a leadership role, including coordinating and implementing trainings.
  • Effective communication skills and ability to multi-task, work with minimal supervision and be flexible in responsibilities.
  • Previous Corps experience in a leadership role.
  • Working knowledge of MS office applications.
  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job 40 hours per 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. The arduous level requires individuals to walk 3 miles on level terrain in 45 minutes while carrying a 45-pound pack. Test is necessary to gain red card certification, required for wildland fire suppression and prescribed burning.
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate week-long out of town assignments and emergency response.  
  • AA or BS degree in biology, ecology or related field is preferred.
  • Experience with mapping and GPS/GIS skills is preferred.
  • Red card certification (S-130/S-190, L-180, IS-100 and IS-700) and arduous work capacity test completion.
  • Current First Aid/CPR certificate.
  • One year experience in field natural resource management including prescribed burning, invasive species management and natural community restoration.
  • Knowledge of hand and power tool safety and use.
  • A valid driver's license and safe driving record.
  • 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.
  • 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 and leadership training
  • Health insurance
  • Student loan forbearance during service term
For more information, view the Field Specialist job description.
This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, sex, political affiliation, or religion. 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: February 3, 2017

Applications considered as received. Early application encouraged.
Questions? Contact Kellie Lager, Recruitment Coordinator or 651-209-9900 x31
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