Field Crews based throughout Minnesota and Iowa complete natural resource projects and emergency response work during an 8-10 month or summer term. Field AmeriCorps members serve on a crew of their peers, all ages 18-25.
Youth Outdoors crews engage Saint Paul and Minneapolis teens from low-income homes in educational activities and service-learning projects afterschool and Saturdays during fall and spring school semesters. When not leading youth, members perform natural resource management service.
Individual Placements serve directly in nonprofit or government agencies that provide skills training in conservation-related projects such as educational and interpretive programs, volunteer management, community outreach, GIS mapping, and trail and wildlife surveying.
Conservation Apprentices serve alongside a natural resource professional in a Minnesota Soil and Water Conservation District, learning hands-on skills in managing soil and water resources while earning a stipend and making progress to receiving an AmeriCorps education award.
Conservation Corps residential Summer Youth Corps unplugs teenagers from modern intrusions during two 4-week sessions over the summer. Youth receive training at a rural base camp, then spike camp throughout the region as they restore natural resources and learn about the environment.
Corpsmembers are considered participants (not employees) and receive a living allowance rather than an hourly wage. All AmeriCorps members are eligible for an educational award at the end of their service, and receive training in technical and work skills as well as civic engagement and leadership skills.