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Seasonal Individual Placement

Various, MN
Soil and Water Corpsmembers (ages 18-25) serve alongside a natural resource professional in a Minnesota Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) during the summer, learning hands-on skills in managing soil and water resources. Corpsmembers assist with service and groundwater monitoring programs, wetland and watercourse inventories and assessments; prepare documents for cost-share and easement programs; conduct field surveys and site inspections and prepare reports; and coordinate and conduct educational programs and activities. Corpsmembers may also communicate with local landowners to develop management plans, gather input on best practices and provide education materials on water resources.
 
Members are directly supervised by Conservation Corps Program Coordinator and SWCD site supervisor. Members serve in a single placement setting with a partnering nonprofit/government organization. Members complete service projects with direction provided by partnering agencies and representatives of those agencies.
 
We are looking to enroll one Corpsmember in each of the following locations:

Locations:
Dates: June 6 – December 15
Cottonwood SWCD in Windom, MN (Agriculture and Water Outreach Corpsmember) - ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
National Park Service in St. Croix Falls, WI (Invasive Plant Management Corpsmember) - CLOSED
MN DNR in Saint Paul, MN (Aquatic Invasive Species Corpsmember) - ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
International Water Institute in Fargo, ND (Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) Technician Corpsmember) - CLOSED

Date: June 6 - August 31
USFS Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake, MN (Archaeology and Heritage Program Corpsmember) - ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS - housing available in Deer River, MN

Dates: May 16 – August 12

Traverse SWCD in Wheaton, MN- ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Becker SWCD in Detroit Lakes, MN - CLOSED
Fillmore SWCD in Preston, MN - CLOSED
Lake SWCD in Two Harbors, MN - CLOSED
Lake of the Woods SWCD in Baudette, MN - CLOSED
Pennington SWCD in Thief River Falls, MN - CLOSED
South Saint Louis SWCD in Duluth, MN - CLOSED

Winona SWCD in Lewiston, MN - CLOSED

Dates: May 16 – October 15
Ramsey SWCD in Maplewood, MN - CLOSED

Service Term: 450-900-hour AmeriCorps positions

Benefits:
  • Living Allowance: $1,610/month ($1,876/month for Ag & Water Outreach and Invasive Plant Management positions)
  • Education Award: $1,678 - $3,172, if eligible and upon successful completion of program
  • Housing Reimbursement: $100/month (reimbursable upon proof of payment)
  • Student loan forbearance (on qualifying student loans)
  • Childcare assistance
  • Training, certifications, networking
Qualifications:
  • Positive attitude and strong commitment to service and community work.
  • Flexibility to work independently and with others in a team setting. 
  • Ability to work outdoors in varied terrain and all weather conditions.
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to educate and interact with landowners and community members.
  • Familiarity with MS Office software.
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Must pass driving record and criminal history checks.
  • Academic and/or field experience in natural resources preferred.
  • Knowledge of GIS software and GPS use preferred.
  • Farming and agricultural knowledge including tractor operation and/or trailer pulling experience is preferred.
 
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 NSOPW 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).
 
Essential Service Functions: Ability to perform the *Essential Service Functions 40 hours per week.
  • Serving in both indoor and outdoor settings
  • Long days of shoveling, digging, operating equipment outdoors.
  • Heavy lifting, bending, and carrying up to 50 pounds.
  • Walking and working on steep or uneven terrain
  • Working in extremes of heat or cold
 
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).

Priority Deadline: March 25, 2022

Questions? Contact Brian Hubbard, Program Manager, at brian.hubbard@conservationcorps.org

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