South Minnesota DNR Field Specialist

Location: New Ulm & Whitewater State Park, MN
Date Posted: 08-31-2017
The AmeriCorps Field Specialist (age 18-25 preferred) will work closely with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to plan, prepare, implement and monitor natural resource projects, as well as provide training, education, coordination and leadership for Regional Corpsmembers. The Specialist will assist with natural and cultural resource management activities in Minnesota State Parks and Trails. An emphasis will be placed on professional development and gaining experience in a wide range of resource management activities.
 
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 8 – December 21, 2018
  • Schedule: Full-time, Monday-Thursday (typical), 10 hrs/day. Some evening and weekend hours may be required.
 
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.
  • New Ulm, MN
  • Whitewater State Park, MN
 
Job duties:
  • Provide or coordinate trainings such as chainsaw and brush saw safety and use, hand tool safety and use, equipment maintenance, defensive driving, trailering, and ATV, and wild land fire suppression.
  • Provide project specific trainings such as tree identification, map, compass and GPS use.
  • Perform two site safety visits per assigned crew per year: complete safety checklist, debrief with crew, and follow up when needed.
  • Perform project specific “mini” safety reviews while in the field working with crews.
  • Inventory PPE and First-aid kits and restock as needed.
  • Assist in developing new and/or improved safety trainings, presentations, manuals, etc.
  • Keep work areas, offices, shops and vehicles neat and orderly - conduct repairs, clean, oil, and grease equipment as needed.
  • Keep track of equipment as it travels between shop/crew locations, ensuring that all crews are properly equipped for projects.
  • Around 80-85% of time spent directly with crews in the field including trainings, site safety visits, providing direction/oversight of crews on technical projects, filling in for short-handed crews, shuttling equipment and mentoring Field Crew Leaders.
  • Perform field work, spike camp and emergency response duties as assigned.
 
Qualifications:
  • Red card certification (S-130/S-190, L-180, IS-100 & IS-700) and arduous work capacity test completion.
  • Current First Aid/CPR certificate.
  • One year experience in field natural resource management including prescribed burning, invasive species management and natural community restoration.
  • Knowledge of hand and power tool safety and use.
  • A valid driver's license and safe driving record.
  • Excellent work ethic and ability to work well with others.
  • AA or BS degree in biology, ecology or related field.
  • Mapping and GPS/GIS skills.
 
Requirements:
  • 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 defined as no positive hits on the NSOPR and no history of violent offenses on the criminal history check.
  • 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).
 
Benefits:
  • Monthly stipend
  • Education award upon successful completion of term
  • Skills and leadership training
  • Health insurance
  • Student loan forbearance during service term

For more information, view the South Minnesota DNR Field Specialist position description.
 
This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, sex, political affiliation, or religion. 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
 
Questions? Contact Megan Zeiher, Recruitment Coordinator
recruit@conservationcorps.org or 651-209-9900 x35
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