Position: 2023 Maajii-akii-Gikenjigewin Field Crew Member (AmeriCorps, ages 18+)
Location: 1720 Big Lake Road Cloquet, MN 55720
This is not a residential program; participants must secure housing preferably near the crew location
Service Term: 900-hour AmeriCorps position; April – September
- Living Allowance: $15/hr
- Housing Reimbursement: $100/month (reimbursable upon proof of payment)
- Education Award: $3,447.50, if eligible and upon successful completion of program
- Student loan forbearance (on qualifying student loans)
- Health insurance
- Childcare assistance
- Training, certifications, networking
Position Summary: The Maajii-akii-gikenjigewin, Starting out in Earth Conservation, crew or the FDL Indigenous Conservation Corps (ICC) Crew engages motivated Indigenous young adults, ages 18+, to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects throughout the Fond du Lac Reservation and within the 1837, 1842, and 1854 ceded territories. The FDL ICC crew will work with current FDL Resource Management professionals to gain valuable experience and skills, to prepare for future careers in the natural resources field. Crew members will work on challenging and impactful conservation projects that may include:
- Invasive species management
- Stream bank stabilization, erosion control
- Prescribed burning
- Trail construction & maintenance
- Tree planting
- Basic carpentry
- Wild land fire suppression
- Wolf population Monitoring and Management
- Emergency response
The Maajii-akii-gikenjigewin crew will work to conserve and restore rivers, wetlands, watersheds, forests, and other important ecosystems within the FDL reservation; expand access to the outdoors for FDL band members; engage Tribal youth in conservation work to prepare them for careers in natural resources; and support the conservation plans of FDL Resource Management, with a focus on locally led and designed conservation efforts that support and respect Tribal sovereignty and cultural knowledge.
By the end of the term, the entirety of the crew will have a wide breadth of understanding of management activities occurring within the FDL Reservation and ceded territories, and be prepared for future careers in a variety of fields occurring within resource management at a local, state, and federal level.
Duties & Responsibilities
Hours & Schedule
- 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 FDL and 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
- 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
Schedules can vary, depending on crew location. 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, including a mandatory 30 minute lunch break which does not count towards service hours. 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.
No more than 20% of total service hours will be spent on training and development activities.
- 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:
- Full (10 hour) days of shoveling, digging, and swinging heavy tools repetitively
- Full (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
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 Reasonable accommodations available upon request.
Minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
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.
- 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. Passing the criminal history check is defined as no positive hits on the NSOPW and no history of violent offenses on the state or FBI checks.
- High school degree, GED, or willingness to work towards obtaining a GED
- Minnesota Field Crew Members may be required by project hosts to obtain a Minnesota Department of Agriculture Non-Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s License. Corps will provide training and support on a case-by-case basis if licensure is required.