Lake County Forestry Crew Member/Leader

Location: Two Harbors, MN
Date Posted: 02-07-2017
AmeriCorps Lake County Forestry Crew Members and Leader (ages 18-25) will participate in on-the-job training to learn natural resources management skills and put those skills into practice working on projects throughout Lake County, working exclusively alongside Lake Soil and Water Conservation District Staff. Leader and Member positions involve physically challenging, team-oriented outdoor service.  The Crew Leader serves directly with Crew Members, monitoring project performance and safety and providing on-site education, training and development. The Crew will complete fuels reduction, timber stand improvement, invasive species management and other watershed practices throughout Lake County:  cutting trees/brush (with brush and chainsaw), piling brush, burning piles, chemically treating weeds/brush and other assigned tasks.
 
This is a full-time commitment for a half-year AmeriCorps service term. The Crew Member or Leader 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:
    • Crew Leader: May 15 – December 15, 2017
    • Crew Member: May 22 – December 15, 2017
  • Schedule: Full-time, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. typical.
 
Stipend and award:
  • Monthly stipend:
    • Crew Leader: $1690
    • Crew Member: $1355
  • Education award: $2887.50 upon successful completion of term
 
Locations: Housing is not provided by the Corps. Member must secure their own housing near service location.
  • Two Harbors, MN
 
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 the full term of AmeriCorps service.  
 
Qualifications: Crew Leader (in addition to above Crew Member qualifications):
  • Previous experience in a leadership role
  • Ability to independently lead a crew of 4 members (ages 18-25)
  • Effective communication skills
  • Experience/education in forestry and habitat restoration work
  • Experience in hand and power tool safety and small engine repair
  • Previous Corps experience preferred
 
Requirements:
  • 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
    • Walking and working on steep or uneven terrain
    • 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.
  • Crew Leaders Only: Valid driver’s license and safe driving record (no major moving violations or DUI’s in the past five years).
 
Benefits:
  • Monthly stipend
  • Education award upon successful completion of term
  • Health insurance
  • Student loan forbearance during service term
  • Skills training and job experience
 
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 which may include:
  • 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
  • Defensive driving
  • Trailer operation and safety
  • Invasive species management/herbicide application
  • Tree identification
  • Leave No Trace


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
 
Questions? Contact Kellie Lager, Recruitment Coordinator
recruit@conservationcorps.org or 651-209-9900 x31
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