Position: MN Energy Climate Corps Fellow (AmeriCorps, ages 18 - 35)
Location: North Minneapolis, MN
This is not a residential program; participants must secure housing within a reasonable commuting distance of the program’s base location. Transportation will be provided to training and service sites from the primary program base. Room and board will be provided when crews are away overnight.
Service Term: 1,700-hour AmeriCorps position; October 2023 – September 2024 or January – December 2024
- Living Allowance: $2,600/month
- Education Award: $6,895.00 upon successful completion of program
- Student loan forbearance on qualifying student loans
- Health insurance
- Childcare assistance
- Hands-on training and industry-level certifications
- Opportunities to travel to state parks
- Networking and exposure to sustainability career pathways
Help our buildings be better for the climate! Minnesota Energy Climate Corps AmeriCorps members (“Climate Fellows”) participate in industry-level training while completing energy conservation projects in public buildings. The Minnesota Energy Climate Corps is a team-based program that prioritizes personal and professional growth through hands-on experience while working on challenging and impactful energy efficiency projects. Projects include performing energy audits (data collection) and basic efficiency maintenance (weatherization, furnace performance tune-ups) in facilities at state parks as well as buildings in the Twin Cities region. Fellows will also gain experience engaging youth and adult community members in learning about energy efficiency, sustainability, and climate impact mitigation. Serving with Minnesota Energy Climate Corps is a paid, full-time AmeriCorps experience that requires a full-year (11-month) commitment.
Duties & Responsibilities
Hours & Schedule
- Complete energy-related 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 throughout the program, demonstrating a commitment to the Corps values of safety, service, respect, equity, and community, as well as justice, diversity, and inclusion.
- Display a positive attitude, desire to learn new skills and interest in community service; represent Conservation Corps in a positive manner in public
- Serve a minimum of 1,700 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 a timely manner
Schedules may vary. Climate Fellows 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 (up to 4 consecutive days at a time) will be required for service projects outside of the Twin Cities region. Some special opportunities (including emergency response assignments) may require members to deploy for several weeks at a time. Room and board are provided along with special field opportunities when crews are away from home.
Training & Certifications
Climate Fellows will earn certifications and on-the-job experience, making them eligible for a wide range of entry-level positions in the energy field and beyond. The Corps provides orientation and skills training at the start of the program term, and additional project-specific training throughout the service term that may include:
- Energy systems and performance surveys
- Weatherization techniques
- Conservation and renewable energy basics
- Team building and conflict resolution
- Diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Risk management
- OSHA 10 construction safety
- First Aid and CPR
- AmeriCorps policies and benefits
- MN Safety Council defensive driving
- Public outreach and education
- Disaster Response
Up to 20% of total service hours will be spent on professional development.
- Ability and desire to work well with others in a team setting
- 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 potentially repetitive labor
- Lifting, bending, and carrying up to 50 pounds
- Walking and working on roofs and/or steep or uneven terrain
- Working in a variety of indoor and outdoor conditions
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 CCMI will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. CCMI 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. CCMI engages AmeriCorps members, ages 18-35, 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.
Priority will be given to applicants from partnering organizations and neighborhoods.
- Flexible schedule to accommodate week-long out-of-town assignments and occasional emergency response deployments
- 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