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Youth Outdoors AmeriCorps Member

Saint Paul, MN
AmeriCorps Youth Outdoors Members (ages 18-25) perform natural resource restoration projects with a crew of Twin Cities youth in after-school service projects and environmental education.

Corpsmembers lead crews of Twin Cities’ youth participants in innovative environmental education and mentor them through multiple community service projects. Corpsmembers will be responsible for the overall  coordination of the young adult programs across Saint Paul.

In the summer, Corpsmembers will complete natural resource restoration projects in partnership with public land management agencies such as the State Department of Natural Resources, US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service, cities, counties, and trail associations. 

Members develop technical skills throughout their term while completing challenging and impactful conservation projects. Natural resources projects may include:
  • Invasive species management
  • Tree planting.
  • Basic carpentry.
  • Emergency response work. 
  • Corporate and community outreach and education. 
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.

About Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa: Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa, a nonprofit organization and AmeriCorps grantee, engages hundreds of youth and young adults each year in in meaningful service, leadership development, and environmental stewardship. Our vision is a world in which everyone has equitable access to nature, is equipped to succeed in career and life, and is empowered to make a difference in conserving natural resources. Our projects and programs embody our core values of safety, service, respect, equity, and community. In working toward our vision, we believe it is important to acknowledge that natural resources organizations, including Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa, have a legacy of supporting and benefiting from systems that have restricted access to public lands and careers for marginalized groups. To challenge this, we commit to using equity as a lens for the work we do and decisions we make, building a shared vision surrounding justice, equity, diversity, and Inclusion goals with our partnering organizations and communities and providing an equitable training environment and high-quality programming to all our participants. 
 
Term dates and schedule:
  • Term: March/April - December 2022
  • Schedule: Full-time, 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. 
Locations: Housing is not provided by the Corps. Member must secure their own housing near service location.
  • Saint Paul
  • Minneapolis
  • Greater Ramsey County
 
Qualifications: 
  • 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
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 NSOPW 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.
 
Benefits:
  • Monthly stipend
  • Education award upon successful completion of term
  • Skills training and job experience
  • Health insurance
  • Child care assistance
  • Student loan forbearance during service term

Other Information
In accordance with 45CFR 2520.65, AmeriCorps members may not perform prohibited service activities directly or indirectly by recruiting, training, or managing others for the primary purpose of engaging in the activities. Prohibited service activities are outlined in the Service Agreement section VII and AmeriCorps member manual.

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to creating an inclusive environment that values the diversity of its staff and members and does not discriminate against anyone. Employment/placement decisions with Conservation Corps will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Conservation Corps does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, military service, union membership, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, status with regards to public assistance, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law. 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 available upon request.

Minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Women, BIPOC, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

CCMI is committed to providing a safe workplace. Vaccination is a vital tool to reduce the presence and severity of COVID-19 cases in the workplace, in communities, and in the nation. With that in mind, CCMI has adopted a policy on mandatory vaccination to safeguard the health of our AmeriCorps members and employees from the hazard of COVID-19. Our policy complies with OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard on Vaccination and Testing (29 CFR 1910.501).
 
Questions? Contact our recruitment team at recruit@conservationcorps.org

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