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Field Specialist

Various Locations MN & IA, MN and IA
Position: 2022 Field Specialist (AmeriCorps Age 18-35, some exceptions apply)

Location: Various, in Minnesota and Iowa 
This is not a residential program; participants must secure housing preferably near the crew location

Service Term: 1700-hour AmeriCorps position; January/February – November/December
The Field Specialist position is integral to the AmeriCorps Field Program’s goal of accomplishing service projects throughout the upper Midwest, as well as providing training, education, coordination and leadership to ensure a positive and safe experience for Regional AmeriCorps members. Primary responsibilities include: fostering AmeriCorps member development through experiential learning, providing technical skills training, monitoring field safety and conducting equipment maintenance. In addition, the Field Specialist helps coordinate logistics, tools and equipment for regional service projects, shuttles vehicles and/or equipment as needed, and serves alongside AmeriCorps members on more technical field projects.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Complete natural resources service projects in cooperation with fellow members safely, effectively and efficiently and to the satisfaction and specifications of the project host
  • Abide by Corps program safety regulations as well as applicable federal/state/municipal law and OSHA requirements; communicate any safety concerns and incidents
  • Contribute actively to the team to complete projects, demonstrating a commitment to the Corps values of safety, service, respect, equity and community, as well as justice, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Positive attitude, desire to learn new skills, interest in community service; represent Conservation Corps in positive manner in public
  • Serve a minimum of 1700 hours and complete the entire service term per the start and end dates listed on the Member Service Agreement
  • Complete and approve timecards and other required reports and paperwork in timely manner
  • Provide or coordinate trainings, including skills training and project-specific trainings, and maintain training logs and records. Promote and follow all safety requirements of OSHA, project hosts and the Corps, including protocols implemented to mitigate the risk of COVID-19.
  • Maintain and track equipment and assure proper maintenance of Corps fleets and equipment, including maintaining logs and records.
  • Coordinate service projects and assist with project management, including trainings, site safety visits, assisting crews with technical projects, filling in for short-handed crews, shuttling equipment and mentoring Crew Leaders. Partner with project hosts and Crew Leaders to determine schedules, daily plans, tasks, tools and responsibilities so projects are accomplished in an efficient, safe and consistent manner.

Hours & Schedule
Schedules can vary, depending on crew location. Field specialists should expect to be scheduled for at least 40 hours of service per week. A typical schedule is Monday – Thursday, 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM. Overnight travel (4 – 12 consecutive days) is often required for service projects. Some special assignments (including wildfire response and other emergency response assignments) may require members to deploy for several weeks at a time.  

Training & Development
The Corps provides orientation and skills training at the start of the program year, and additional region or project specific training throughout the service term that may include:
  • AmeriCorps benefits
  • Team building and conflict resolution
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Safety and risk management
  • Power and hand tool safety and maintenance
  • S130 & S190 Firefighter training and red card certification training
  • First Aid and CPR
  • MN Safety Council defensive driving
  • Trailer operation and safety
  • Invasive species management/herbicide application
  • Plant identification
  • Leave No Trace principles.
  • Living Allowance: $2,300/month
  • Housing Reimbursement: $100/month (reimbursable upon proof of payment)
  • Education Award: $6,495.00, if eligible and upon successful completion of program requirements
  • Student loan forbearance (on qualifying student loans)
  • Health insurance
  • Childcare assistance
  • Training, certifications, networking
  • Ability and desire to work well with others in a team setting, outdoors and in all weather conditions
  • Commitment to upholding Corps values of safety, service, respect, equity, and community
  • Dedication to complete the full term of AmeriCorps service
  • Ability to perform the Essential Service Functions, which include but are not limited to:
    • Long (10 hour) days of shoveling, digging, and swinging heavy tools repetitively
    • Long (10 hour) days of chainsawing / brush sawing
    • Heavy lifting, bending, and carrying up to 50 pounds
    • Walking and working on steep or uneven terrain
    • Working in extremes of heat or cold 
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate week-long out of town assignments and emergency response
  • Must be a US Citizen, US National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the US
  • Must pass a criminal history check consisting of a National Sex Offender Public Website check, a state criminal history check, and a fingerprint-based FBI check. 
  • High school degree, GED, or willingness to work towards obtaining a GED
  • Working knowledge of conservation project management from a variety of disciplines such as timber stand improvement, trail construction, GIS/GPS surveying, rain garden installation, habitat restoration and prairie/forest management.
  • Experience with hand and power tool safety, use and small engine repair.
  • Experience in tree felling and chainsaw operations, construction and mechanical skills.
  • Red card certification and wildland firefighting and/or prescribed burning experience.
  • Current First Aid/CPR certificate or better.
  • Previous experience in a leadership role, including coordinating and implementing trainings.
  • Effective communication skills and ability to multi-task and be flexible in responsibilities.
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate week-long out of town assignments and month-long or extended emergency response.  
  • Previous AmeriCorps experience and four-year degree in a related field is preferred.
  • Iowa locations: Must possess or be able to acquire an Iowa Department of Agriculture Commercial Pesticide Applicator License. Corps will provide training and support to obtain license
  • Minnesota locations: Must possess or be able to acquire a Minnesota Department of Agriculture Non-Commercial Pesticide Applicator License. Corps will provide training and support to obtain license.
Other Information
Women, BIPOC, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa requires all employees and AmeriCorps members to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 OR provide a weekly COVID-19 test. 

Contact our recruitment team at recruit@conservationcorps.org

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