Youth Outdoors Crew Member/Leader

Location: Twin Cities, MN
Date Posted: 08-07-2017
AmeriCorps Youth Outdoors Members and Leaders (ages 18-25) perform natural resource restoration projects with a crew of their adult peers and engage Twin Cities youth in after-school service projects and environmental education. In spring and fall, corpsmembers lead crews of Twin Cities’ youth participants (ages 15-18) in environmental education and community service projects after school and on Saturdays. In summer, crews complete natural resource restoration projects and/or lead youth crews. Corpsmembers inspire youth, conduct community outreach and restore habitat in partnership with resource management agencies, working alongside conservation professionals.
 
This is a full-time commitment for a year-long 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: February 1 – December 15, 2018
    • Crew Member: February 16 – December 15, 2018
  • Schedule: Full-time, at least 40 hours per week
    • Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. typical during training and in summer
    • Tuesday – Saturday, varied hours, typical during spring and fall youth programming.
 
Stipend and award:
  • Monthly stipend:
    • Crew Leader: $1690
    • Crew Member: $1355
  • Education award: $5815 upon successful completion of term
 
Locations: Housing is not provided by the Corps. Member must secure their own housing near service location.
  • Saint Paul
  • Minneapolis
  • Greater Ramsey County
 
Qualifications: Crew Member
  • Ability to work hard in an outdoor setting in adverse conditions for a minimum of 40 hrs/week
  • Desire to work with diverse youth in conservation, education and recreation settings
  • Commitment to foster strong work habits, environmental ethics, youth leadership and team unity
  • Desire to educate and inspire the next generation by leading interpretive programs
  • Ability to present to large groups in an outdoor setting, sometimes consisting of over 60 people of all ages
  • Desire to learn skills in youth development and/or natural resource management; 15-20% of the service term is dedicated to technical and personal-skill training
  • Positive attitude, interest in service and community work and desire to make a difference
 
Qualifications: Crew Leader (in addition to above Crew Member qualifications)
  • Prior leadership experience with peers
  • Experience coordinating project tasks and logistics
  • Experience and/or education in natural resource management, environmental education, youth development or outdoor recreation
 
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 after-school and weekend hours, as well as possible week-long out-of-town projects 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
  • Skills training and job experience
  • Health insurance
  • Student loan forbearance during service term
 
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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