Field Crew Leader

Location: Various, MN & IA
Date Posted: 08-07-2017
AmeriCorps Field Crew Leaders (ages 18-25) lead crews of 4-5 members in natural resource management projects across the Midwest. Typical projects include tree planting, exotic species management, trail construction, stream bank stabilization, prescribed burning, wildland fire fighting and emergency response. Crew Leaders assist with member training and development, perform equipment maintenance and help members improve technical skills. Leader serve as the primary liaison between project hosts and program staff and are responsible for the crew’s overall service performance and safety during a project. Crew Leaders also get the chance to work alongside conservation professionals and explore career options within the environmental field.
 
This is a full-time commitment for a year-long AmeriCorps service term. The Crew 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:
    • Minnesota: February 1-December 15, 2018
    • Iowa: January 15-December 7, 2018
  • Schedule: Full-time, Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. typical. In some locations, hours vary significantly and overnight camping is often required 4-12 days at a time.
 
Stipend and award:
  • Monthly stipend: $1690
  • Education award: $5815 upon successful completion of term
 
Locations: Housing is not provided by the Corps. Leader must secure their own housing near service location.
  • Northwest Minnesota: Brainerd, Bemidji, Fergus Falls
  • Northeast Minnesota: Grand Rapids, Moose Lake, Gooseberry Falls State Park, Duluth
  • Central Minnesota: St. Paul, Hanover, Shakopee, Andover, Carver, Plymouth
  • Southern Minnesota: Rochester, Mankato
  • Iowa: Ames, Des Moines, Council Bluffs
 
Qualifications:
  • Positive attitude and interest in service and community work.
  • Previous experience in a leadership role and ability to lead or co-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.
  • Positive attitude and interest in service and community work.
  • Dedication to complete the full term of AmeriCorps service.  
 
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 across steep or uneven terrain
    • Working in extremes of heat or cold
    • Working, eating, and camping outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Able to complete an arduous Work Capacity Test.  The arduous level requires individuals to walk 3 miles in 45 minutes while carrying a 45 pound pack on level terrain.
  • 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.
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate up to 30 days of out of town emergency response.
  • 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
  • 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 including:
  • AmeriCorps benefits
  • Team building and conflict resolution
  • Diversity
  • Safety and risk management
  • Power and hand tool safety and use
  • Tool maintenance
  • S130 & S190 Firefighter training and red card certification
  • 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: December 31
 
Early application encouraged. Applications considered as received.
 
Questions? Contact Megan Zeiher, Recruitment Coordinator
recruit@conservationcorps.org or 651-209-9900 x35
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