Summer Youth Corps Leader and Leader/Interpreter

Location: Saint Croix State Park, MN
Date Posted: 12-13-2016
AmeriCorps Summer Youth Corps Leaders (ages 19-25) will work in teams of two to supervise up to eight youth on 1- to 2-week long “spike” projects (crews camp in tents, prepare their own meals and complete work projects). Crews will complete projects such as trail construction and maintenance, boardwalk building, planting, campsite development, invasive species removal, etc. Leaders will provide training such as tool use and safety, conduct on-the-job training demonstrations for youth participants starting new projects and facilitate educational and recreational activities on weekends, during spike trips and after work day.
 
The Crew Leader will be responsible for maintaining consistent discipline and fostering positive crew morale by facilitating teamwork among youth participants. 15% of youth participants are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Deaf and hard-of-hearing crew leaders and interpreters will lead inclusive crews where half of youth use sign as their primary language. If applying to be a leader/interpreter, applicants are required to submit a video of their interpreting skills.
 
Term dates and schedule:
  • Term: May 30 - August 22, 2017
  • Schedule: Full-time, Sunday-Saturday, hours vary.
  • Time off: June 14-17, July 16-19.
 
Stipend and award:
  • Monthly stipend: $1355
  • Education award: $2887 upon successful completion of term
 
Location: Based at Saint Croix State Park (Hinckley), MN, with travel throughout region to complete environmental service projects.
 
Qualifications: Desire and ability to:
  • Work hard in an outdoor setting in adverse conditions for minimum of 40 hrs/wk.
  • Work with diverse youth in conservation, education and recreation settings.
  • Camp and live in outdoors for extended periods of time.
  • Foster strong work habits, environmental ethics, youth leadership and team unity.
  • Display a positive attitude, interest in community service and desire to make a difference.
  • Previous experience or education with youth development and natural resource management not required; 15-20% of service term dedicated to technical and personal skill training.
 
Service conditions:
  • Service projects are primarily completed outside during spring and summer seasons.
  • AmeriCorps Members expected to complete service during hot/cold weather, rain/precipitation and other seasonal conditions.
  • Members work alongside youth participants during day and facilitate activities and group living in evenings and on weekends.
  • This is a residential program with significant travel and little time off.
 
Requirements:
  • 19-25 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.
  • Ability to commit to an entire term of service with significant travel and little time off.
  • Must successfully pass medical review process.
  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record (no major moving violations or DUI’s in the past five years).
  • Full term of service must be completed in order to receive the education award.
 
Benefits:
  • Monthly stipend
  • Two set periods of leave
  • Wilderness First Aid/CPR training
  • 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 Summer Youth Corps Leader and Leader/Interpreter 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: May 12, 2017
 
Applications reviewed as received. If spots fill up, we may close application early.
 
Questions? Contact Jonathan Goldenberg, Program Coordinator
jonathan@conservationcorps.org or 651-209-9900 x27
or Kellie Lager, Recruitment Coordinator
recruit@conservationcorps.org or 651-209-9900 x31
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