Conservation Apprentice Academy

Location: Various, MN
Date Posted: 12-12-2016
AmeriCorps Conservation Academy Apprentices (ages 18-25) serve alongside a natural resource professional in a Minnesota Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), learning hands-on skills in managing soil and water resources. Management projects may include service and groundwater monitoring, wetland and watercourse inventories and assessments, preparation for cost-share and easement programs, field surveying and site inspections, and coordinating educational programs. Apprentices may also communicate with local landowners to develop management plans, gather input on best practices and provide education materials on water resources.
Service activities will occur in both an office and outdoors setting, in all weather conditions and across all terrain. This is a full-time commitment for a summer AmeriCorps service term. Apprentices 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 16 – August 11, 2017
  • Schedule: Full-time, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. typical. Some evening and weekend hours may be required.
Stipend and award:
  • Monthly stipend: $1355
  • Education award: $1527.78 upon successful completion of term
Location: Housing is not provided by the Corps. Apprentice must secure their own housing near service location.

Apprentices are stationed at one of the highlighted SWCDs in these counties and regions. Please refer to this map when choosing your region preference. You can view more information about specific SWCDs by clicking on the links below the map. If you are having trouble reading this map, please click here to open a PDF version.

Northwest   North Central   Southeast
Becker   Crow Wing   Fillmore
East Polk   Lake of the Woods   Mower
Marshall   East Otter Tail/Wadena   Winona
Traverse   South Central   Northeast
West Otter Tail   Blue Earth   Aitkin
    Le Sueur   Carlton
Metro   Martin   Lake
Anoka   McLeod   Pine
Dakota       Kanabec
Isanti/Mille Lacs   Southwest    
Ramsey   Lac Qui Parle   West Central
Scott   Lyon   Douglas
Washington   Yellow Medicine   Stevens
Wright       Todd

  • Positive attitude and strong commitment to service and community work.
  • Flexibility to work both independently and in a team setting.
  • Ability to work outdoors across varied terrain and in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to educate and interact with landowners and community members.
  • Familiarity with MS Office software.
  • Academic and/or field experience in natural resources preferred.
  • Knowledge of GIS software and GPS use preferred.
  • Farming and agricultural knowledge including tractor operation and/or trailer pulling experience 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.
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record.
  • 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 Conservation Apprentice 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: March 3, 2017
Questions? Contact Kellie Lager, Recruitment Coordinator or 651-209-9900 x31.
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