Agriculture and Water Outreach Corpsmember

Location: Winona & Perham, MN
Date Posted: 02-17-2017
AmeriCorps Agriculture and Water Outreach Corpsmembers (ages 18-25) serve alongside natural resource professionals with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, learning hands-on skills in assessing and managing soil and water resources. The Agriculture and Water Outreach Corpsmember provides assistance to the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) certification process which may include farm water quality assessments, field visits and data collection, producer and/or landowner interviews, surface and groundwater monitoring programs, wetland and watercourse inventories and assessments. Corpsmembers may also prepare documents for cost-share and easement programs, and coordinate and conduct educational programs and activities. The Agriculture and Water Outreach Corpsmember will communicate with local landowners to develop management plans, gather input on best practices and provide education materials on soil and water resources.
 
This is a full-time commitment for a 7-month AmeriCorps service term. The Corpsmember 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 – December 15, 2017
  • Schedule: Full-time, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. typical
 
Stipend and award:
  • Monthly stipend: $1690
  • Education award: $2887.50 upon successful completion of term
 
Location: Housing is not provided by the Corps. Specialist must secure their own housing near service location.
  • Winona, MN
  • Perham, MN
 
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field OR a combination of college level coursework and equivalent professional experience in related fields.
  • Strong planning, organization, communication and creative thinking skills.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft (Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
  • Ability to communicate effectively in electronic, written and oral media.
  • Effective time management and project oversight skills.
  • Ability to work well in team settings and exhibit respectful assertiveness to contribute to projects and products.
  • Training will be provided in these areas as needed; 15-20% of the service term is dedicated to technical and personal skills training.
  • Desire and ability to:
  • Desire to serve with a dedicated team of conservation education professionals to sustain a well-recognized certification program.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse adults and other volunteers in conservation, education and outdoor settings.
  • Positive attitude, interest in community service and desire to make a difference.
  • Knowledge of GIS software and GPS use preferred.
 
Requirements:
  • 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.
  • Full term of service must be completed in order to receive the education award.
  • Must successfully pass medical review process.
  • Must successfully pass a driver background check.
 
Benefits:
  • 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, please view the Agriculture and Water Outreach Corpsmember 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
recruit@conservationcorps.org or 651-209-9900 x31
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