Minnesota DNR Specialists

Location: Minnesota DNR, Saint Paul, MN
Date Posted: 08-31-2017
Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa is hiring seven AmeriCorps DNR Specialists (ages 18-25) positions based in Saint Paul. Specialists will work in one of the following areas: Aquatic Invasive Species, Planning, Urban Outreach, Volunteer and Site Steward, Website & Social Media (2 positions), or Youth Outreach. Corpsmembers work alongside natural resource professionals to build their skillset and complete conservation projects.
 
This is a full-time commitment for a year-long AmeriCorps service term. The Specialist 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: January 15, 2018 – December 13, 2018
  • Schedule: Full-time, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. typical
 
Stipend and award:
  • Monthly stipend: $1990
  • Education award: $5815 upon successful completion of term
 
Location: Housing is not provided by the Corps. Specialist must secure their own housing near service location.
  • Saint Paul, MN
 
Job Summary, Description and Qualifications: Below is a summary of each Specialist position. To view a full job description, including position-specific qualifications, please click on the Specialist title.
 
Aquatic Invasive Species:
  • Design educational, outreach and promotional materials. This may include e-newsletters, brochures, maps and web content.
  • Activities include data collection, mapping and AIS field work related to invasive plant inspections, plant surveys and early detection surveys.
  • Other projects may include involvement with invasive species monitoring and reporting inventories and assessments.
  • Assist in the development and presentation of materials that could be used to provide education and training for Corps crews throughout the state.
 
Planning:
  • Assist with the development of Parks and Trails Division strategic plans, program plans, system plans, unit plans, environmental review documents, legislative studies and research.
  • Assistance with creation and posting of plans online and final distribution of plans, maps and supporting technical materials.
  • Assist with GIS/GPS field work (ground-truthing), photographic collection and organization, and other data collection needs.
 
Volunteer and Site Steward:
  • Assist with organizing/advertising of 120+ SNA events (volunteer stewardship projects, educational events, etc.)
  • Evaluate SNA site steward program (recruitment, enrollment, designing positions, supervising, recognizing and retaining these volunteers) and make suggestions for improvements
  • Pilot SNA site steward use of volunteer management software (Better Impact)
  • Develop ideas/write for and about volunteers, stewards and events for SNA social media, web, and newsletter
 
Web and Social Media, Parks and Trails (PAT) Department:
  • Work with Google Analytics to produce and help interpret regular reports measuring web traffic and online marketing campaigns.
  • Develop regular at-a-glance reports on the division’s social media successes and other topics.
  • Help create and execute social media campaigns and promotions that support the mission and increase engagement.
  • Assist with the maintenance and improvement of the division’s existing website.
  • Assist in the development of a process and related training for the division to meet online accessibility compliance requirements.
 
Web and Social Media, Scientific and Natural Areas (SNA) and Minnesota Biological Survey (MBS) Programs:
  • Assist in the development and implementation of social media initiatives and online marketing technology.
  • Develop and implement search engine optimization (SEO), manage Google Analytics and produce reports, assist with the maintenance and improvement of the SNA and MBS websites.
  • Implement focused surveys and evaluate strategies to increase outdoor recreation participation and a long-term conservation ethic.
  • Coordinate events and assist in communications with volunteers and the site steward network.
  • Assist in the development and presentation of materials that could be used to provide education and training for Corps crews throughout the state.
 
Youth Outreach:
  • Experience facilitating meetings and group decision-making processes.
  • Desire and ability to work with diverse youth, adults and other volunteers in conservation, education and recreation settings.
  • Strong communication and technical writing, effective time management, project oversight skills, creative thinking, and problem solving.
 
Urban Outreach:
  • Recruit, train and schedule volunteers for adventure stations
  • Provide outdoor recreation trip planning guidance to customers and visitors to REI’s Bloomington store and The Loppet Foundation’s Trailhead
  • Track logistics and materials, assist with other tasks related to operation of adventure stations
 
 
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 possess a 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: October 13, 2017

Interested in GIS? Be sure to check out our GIS Mapping and Outreach Corpsmember and GIS Mapping Corpsmember positions! Looking for invasive species work? Take a look at our Exotic Plant Management Corpsmember position!
 
Questions? Contact Megan Zeiher, Recruitment Coordinator
recruit@conservationcorps.org or 651-209-9900 x35
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