Youth Outdoors School and Community Forest Crew Member/Leader

Location: Saint Paul, MN
Date Posted: 08-31-2017
AmeriCorps Youth Outdoors School and Community Forest Members and Leaders will participate in on-the-job training to learn natural resource management and forestry skills, and put those skills into practice completing work at School Forest and Community Forest sites in Minnesota. Community Forest projects involve working with project partners to complete tree plantings in 12 communities across Minnesota, mainly during the spring and fall. School Forest projects involve working with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and other project partners to complete site renovation and training at designated School Forest sites across the state. The crew will use natural resource and forestry management techniques to improve outdoor classroom sites and provide training to site stewards, facility managers, teachers and community partners. The crew will also engage students at school forest sites by providing environment education and leading the students in service-learning projects. The majority of project work will take place in School Forests.
 
This is a full-time commitment for a year-long AmeriCorps service term. Projects will require frequent travel and camping and may often include weekend work. 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.
 
Location: Housing is not provided by the Corps. Leader must secure their own housing near service location.
  • Saint Paul, MN
 
Term dates and schedule:
    • Crew Leader: February 5 – December 13, 2018
    • Crew Member: February 19 – December 13, 2018
  • Schedule: Full-time, at least 40 hours per week. Schedules vary and include after-school and weekend shifts.
 
Stipend and award:
  • Monthly stipend:
    • Crew Leader: $1690
    • Crew Member: $1355
  • Education award: $5815 upon successful completion of term
 
Qualifications: Crew Member
  • Ability to work hard in an outdoor setting in adverse conditions for a minimum of 40 hrs/week.
  • Desire to foster strong work habits, environmental ethics, youth leadership and team unity.
  • Ability to present to groups in an outdoor setting
  • Desire to work with youth development and 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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