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Application Instructions
This application will take 30-45 minutes to complete. Be prepared to complete the entire application in one sitting. There is not an option to save your progress and return at a later date. To complete this application, you will need:
  1. A valid email address
  2. Recent employment history with employer contact information and/or a current resume
  3. Contact information for two professional references (you must provide an email address for at least one reference)
Field Crew Locations
Be prepared to select your preferred region and locations. Housing is not provided by the Corps. Member must secure their own housing near service location. Please select only locations where you are willing and able to move.
  • Northwest Minnesota: Brainerd, Bemidji
  • Northeast Minnesota: Grand Rapids, Gooseberry Falls State Park, Duluth
  • Central Minnesota: St. Paul, Hanover, Shakopee, Andover, Plymouth
  • Southern Minnesota: Rochester, Mankato, 
  • Iowa: Des Moines, Council Bluffs
  • Missouri: Springfield
Field Crew Member Application

For compliance reasons, please input your legal name here. If you have a preferred name, please input that in the "Preferred name" section below.

Conservation Corps AmeriCorps programs engage young adults, 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.

Please enter only ONE name.

Citizenship Status

To serve in the Conservation Corps, members must be eligible for AmeriCorps, which requires its members to be citizens, nationals or lawful permanent resident aliens of the United States.

Nature of the Work and Essential Duties

A Corpsmember position is physically demanding, hands-on natural resource work. Tool, maintenance and safety training is provided. Work is conducted outdoors, rain or shine, in extreme high and low temperatures. 60% of projects involve camping near the work location, in all weather conditions, from early spring to late fall. Work includes long (10 hour) days of shoveling, digging and swinging heavy tools repetitively, chainsaw/brush saw work, heavy lifting, bending and carrying (up to 50 pounds), walking/working on steep or uneven terrain, working in extremes of heat or cold, and working, eating and camping in the outdoors in all weather conditions.

Location Preference

Please rank your top three location preferences. If not selected for your primary region preference, your application will automatically be forwarded to your second and third choice preferences. Please ONLY select second and third choice region preferences if you are willing and able to relocate to these areas.

Crew Locations

Please indicate the crew locations (within your top three region preferences) where you would like your application to be considered.

Employment and Educational History

You may upload a resume AND/OR fill in the employment history section below.

Current/Most Recent Employer

Previous Employer


Please provide two supervisory references (individuals that have supervised your work in a job or volunteer position). Do not list friends or family members. We require an email address from at least one of your references. If the second reference does not have an email address, please enter their phone number.

Essay Questions

Income and Demographic Information

Privacy Statement [in compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974]: The collection of this information is authorized by the provisions of the National and Community Service Act of 1990. The purpose of this data is for AmeriCorps grant reporting. All responses are strictly confidential.

Form CC-305
OMB Control Number 1250-0005
Expires 1/31/2020
Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability

Why are you being asked to complete this form?
Because we do business with the government, we must reach out to, hire, and provide equal opportunity to qualified people with disabilities.i To help us measure how well we are doing, we are asking you to tell us if you have a disability or if you ever had a disability. Completing this form is voluntary, but we hope that you will choose to fill it out. If you are applying for a job, any answer you give will be kept private and will not be used against you in any way.

If you already work for us, your answer will not be used against you in any way. Because a person may become disabled at any time, we are required to ask all of our employees to update their information every five years. You may voluntarily self-identify as having a disability on this form without fear of any punishment because you did not identify as having a disability earlier.

How do I know if I have a disability?
You are considered to have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment or medical condition that substantially limits a major life activity, or if you have a history or record of such an impairment or medical condition.

Disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Autism
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Schizophrenia
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Major depression
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Missing limbs or partially missing limbs
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Impairments requiring the use of a wheelchair
  • Intellectual disability (previously called mental retardation)

Please check one of the boxes below:

Reasonable Accommodation Notice
Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment.

iSection 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. For more information about this form or the equal employment obligations of Federal contractors, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) website at www.dol.gov/ofccp.

PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENT: According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. This survey should take about 5 minutes to complete.

Invitation to Self-Identify as a Veteran

This employer is a Government contractor subject to the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended by the Jobs for Veterans Act of 2002, 38 U.S.C. 4212 (VEVRAA), which requires Government contractors to take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment: (1) disabled veterans; (2) recently separated veterans; (3) active duty wartime or campaign badge veterans; and (4) Armed Forces service medal veterans. These classifications are defined as follows:

  • A "disabled veteran" is one of the following:
    • a veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; or
    • a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.
  • A "recently separated veteran" means any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran’s discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service.
  • An "active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran" means a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized under the laws administered by the Department of Defense.
  • An "Armed forces service medal veteran" means a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985.

If you believe you belong to any of the categories of protected veterans listed above, please indicate by checking the appropriate box below.

As a Government contractor subject to VEVRAA, we request this information in order to measure the effectiveness of the outreach and positive recruitment efforts we undertake pursuant to VEVRAA.

Unemployment is defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as people who do not have a job, have actively looked for work in the past four weeks, and are currently available for work (i.e. not attending school, serving in the military or enrolled in an AmeriCorps Program).

If you only qualified for these state/federal benefits during an AmeriCorps term of service, select “No” for this question.

Criminal History

All Corpsmembers must successfully pass a National Sex Offender Public Registry and criminal history check. ONLY sexual and violent offenses will automatically disqualify you from participating in Corps programming.

Have you served a sentence in prison or been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony for which a jail sentence could have been imposed? You may answer "No" if the conviction or criminal records have been annulled, sealed, set aside or purged, or if you have been pardoned pursuant to law. NOTE: It is to your benefit to reveal any instances of incarceration or court-involvement. Any results revealed during pre-employment background checks that are NOT disclosed at this time may jeopardize an offer of employment. Vehicular charges such as DUIs are criminal convictions.

Information concerning this question will not automatically bar you from selection. The Corps will perform criminal, sexual offender registry and driver background checks only if a position offer is made.

Driver History

A valid driver's license and a safe driving record with no major violations (i.e. reckless driving, DUI) within the past five years is required to operate Conservation Corps fleet vehicles. Possession of a valid driver's license and a safe driving record is NOT REQUIRED for Crew Member applicants.

Signature and Date

I, signed below, certify that all answers given herein are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I authorize investigation of all statements contained in this application as may be necessary in arriving at a selection decision. In the event of selection, I understand that false or misleading information given in my application or interview may result in my dismissal from the program.

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