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Stewardship Crew Member/Leader

Saint Paul, MN
Position:  Stewardship Crew Member/Leader (AmeriCorps, ages 18 - 35)
Location: Saint Paul, MN
This is not a residential program; participants must secure housing preferably near the crew location

Service Term: February - December 2023
 

The Stewardship crew will serve outdoors restoring habitat, managing natural resources, and occasionally responding to natural disasters or community needs. The program prioritizes personal and professional growth while teaching hands-on conservation skills in the field. Members develop technical skills throughout their term while completing challenging and impactful conservation projects. Natural resources projects may include:
  • Hoop house plant propagation, including seeding, transplanting, watering, seed collection, and seed cleaning.
  • Habitat monitoring and plant identification, including bison forage sampling, monarch monitoring, bombus surveys, photo plots, small mammal counts, and other surveys.
  • Volunteer management. Members will collaborate with staff to lead volunteer events to engage the public in natural resource conservation activities, including seed collection, habitat monitoring, and other public events.
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
  • Lead and support volunteers and volunteer engagement events.
  • 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
Hours & Schedule
  • Schedules can vary, depending on projects. Crew members 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:
  • 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.
  • Volunteer engagement best practices
  • Hoop house operations
  • Plant propagation techniques
  • Frog and toad call identification
  • Small mammal identification
  • Insect identification with a focus on pollinator groups
Benefits:
  • Living Allowance: $1,810/month (Member) $2,076 (Leader)
  • Housing Reimbursement: $100/month (reimbursable upon proof of payment)
  • Education Award: $6,895, if eligible and upon successful completion of program
  • Student loan forbearance (on qualifying student loans)
  • Health insurance
  • Childcare assistance
  • Training, certifications, networking

Qualifications
  • 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.
  • Experience with plant identification preferred.

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. 

Questions?
Contact our recruitment team at recruit@conservationcorps.org

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