Conservation Interns

Location: Bloomington & Walker, MN
Date Posted: 02-17-2017
AmeriCorps Conservation Interns (ages 18-25) serve alongside natural resource professionals with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge or the U.S. Forest Service at the Chippewa National Forest. Each internship is focused to help develop the Conservation Interns’ professional skill sets while providing expertise and valuable contributions to the host site.  Conservation Interns receive training, supervision and guidance from experienced agency and Conservation Corps staff, learning hands-on skills in managing natural resources and conducting public outreach. 
Conservation Interns will be assigned to one of four areas:
  • Visitor and outreach services (Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge or Chippewa National Forest)
  • Trails and grounds maintenance (Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge)
  • Biological inventory, monitoring and restoration (Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge)
  • Road monitoring, inventory and survey (Chippewa National Forest)
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 3-month summer AmeriCorps service term. Conservation Interns 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
Housing is not provided for the Bloomington (Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge) location. Intern must secure their own housing near Bloomington, MN. Housing is provided for the Walker (Chippewa National Forest) location.
  • Positive attitude and strong commitment to service and community work.
  • Flexibility to work independently and with others in a team setting. 
  • Ability to work outdoors in varied terrain and all weather conditions.
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to educate and interact with members of the public.
  • Familiarity with MS Office software.
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Must pass driving record and criminal history checks.
  • Academic and/or field experience in natural resources preferred.
  • Strong planning, organization, communication and creative thinking skills.
  • Knowledge of GIS software and GPS use preferred
  • Training will be provided in these areas as needed; up to 15-20% of the service term is dedicated to technical and personal skills training.
  • 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 appropriate Conservation Intern 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 26, 2017
Questions? Contact Kellie Lager, Recruitment Coordinator or 651-209-9900 x31
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