AmeriCorps Field Crew Leaders/Members
Corpsmembers serve outdoors February-December, restoring habitat, managing resources and responding to disasters. Corpsmembers work in four to six person crews for 10-hour days, 40 hours each week. Many projects require travel and overnight camping near the project site for 4 to 12 days.
Corpsmembers earn a monthly living allowance, health insurance, student loan forbearance and an AmeriCorps education award. Upon completing the program term, the AmeriCorps education award can be used to pay college or qualified student loan expenses.
Corpsmembers receive hands-on training working on habitat restoration projects. Members receive formal training in power and hand tool safety and use, First Aid and CPR, defensive driving, trailer safety and operation, leadership and communication, wild land fire fighting and prescribed burning, and other skills pertinent to region location and projects, such as GPS or ATV training.
Typical projects include restoring habitat by removing invasive species, building and improving motorized and hiking trails, stabilizing stream banks/controlling erosion, planting native trees, fighting wildfires and conducting prescribed burns. Habitat restoration projects are performed outdoors in partnership with public land management agencies such as State Department of Natural Resources, US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service, cities, counties and trail associations. Natural resource work is physically demanding. All corpsmembers must be prepared to meet the essential functions of the job.
Locations: For more information on the projects and opportunities available in each district, click on a region name to visit their Facebook page!
Northwest Minnesota: Fergus Falls, Bemidji, Brainerd
Northeast Minnesota: Grand Rapids, Tower, Moose Lake, Gooseberry Falls State Park, Duluth
Central Minnesota: St. Paul, Hanover, Shakopee, Andover, Jordan, Plymouth
Southern Minnesota: Rochester, Mankato, Kilen Woods State Park, Camden State Park
Iowa: Ames, Des Moines, Council Bluffs
Superior National Forest "Faces of Tomorrow" Crews
Superior National Forest "Faces of Tomorrow" AmeriCorps Crew Leaders and Members (ages 18-25) serve May-August out of Tofte and Ely, Minnesota. These seasonal crews are part of the Superior National Forest’s “Faces of Tomorrow” initiative, an effort to improve the diversity of their future workforce. Corpsmembers receive intensive training and on-the-job experience to make them highly competitive for permanent, full-time jobs in the Forest Service following service term completion.
Applications for our summer 2017 season will open January 2017.
Questions about Field Crews? Check out our frequently asked questions, read our blog and view the video below to get a feel for a day in the life of a Conservation Corps Field Crew. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to see what our current crews are up to!
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