Seasonal Field Crew Member/Leader

Location: Bemidji, Brainerd & Fergus Falls, MN
Date Posted: 12-13-2016
AmeriCorps Seasonal Field Crew Members and Leaders (ages 18-25) receive on-the-job training to learn natural resources management skills and put those skills into practice completing habitat restoration projects throughout the Midwest. Crews complete natural resource conservation projects such as prairie restoration, exotic species management, fencing and lakeshore restoration. Crew Members also get the chance to work alongside conservation professionals and explore career options within the environmental field.
Term dates: Each location will offer a summer (May-August) and half-year (May-November) term. You may apply to one or both of the term options.
  • Summer term: May 21 (Crew Leaders: May 15) - August 17, 2017
  • Half term: May 21 (Crew Leaders: May 15) - November 15, 2017

  • Schedule: Full-time, hours vary. Overnight camping often required 4-12 days at a time.
Locations: Housing is not provided by the Corps. Members must secure their own housing near the service location.
  • Brainerd, Bemidji & Fergus Falls, MN
Stipend and award:
  • Monthly stipend:
    • Crew Member: $1355
    • Crew Leaders: $1690
  • Education award upon successful completion of term:
    • Summer: $1527.78
    • Half-term: $2887.50
Qualifications: Crew Member
  • Ability to work well with others in a team setting.
  • Strong desire to learn new skills.
  • Positive attitude and interest in service and community work.
  • Dedication to complete full term of AmeriCorps service.
Qualifications: Crew Leader (in addition to above Crew Member qualifications)
  • Previous experience in a leadership role and ability to lead a crew of 4 or 5 members (ages 18-25).
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Experience or education in natural resource management, habitat restoration work and/or related fields.
  • Experience in hand and power tool safety and small engine repair is preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record (no major moving violations or DUI’s in the past five years).
  • 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
    • 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 week-long out of town assignments 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
  • Health insurance
  • Student loan forbearance during service term
  • Skills training and job experience
  • Half-term (May-November) members will receive S130 & S190 Firefighter training and red card certification

Training: As an AmeriCorps service learning program and to prepare Crew 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. This training includes:
  • AmeriCorps benefits
  • Team building and conflict resolution
  • Diversity
  • Safety and risk management
  • Power and hand tool safety and use
  • Tool maintenance
  • Red Cross first aid and CPR
  • MN Safety Council defensive driving
  • Trailer operation and safety
  • Invasive species management/herbicide application
  • Tree identification
  • Leave No Trace
  • May-November members: S130 & S190 Firefighter training and red card certification
For more information, view the following 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: March 3, 2017

Due to field crew programming, hiring managers will start reaching out to applicants in mid-March.
Questions? Contact Kellie Lager, Recruitment Coordinator or 651-209-9900 x31
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