AmeriCorps Conservation Apprentice Academy
Spend your summer serving alongside a natural resource professional in a Minnesota Soil and Water Conservation District. Learn hands-on skills in managing soil and water resources while earning a stipend and making progress to receiving an AmeriCorps education award.
Gain valuable experience in . . .
- Soil and water conservation skills: water-quality monitoring, assessments, field surveys, best practices in land and water management.
- Landowner and community engagement: assist landowners with developing soil and water management plans; lead educational activities on water resources.
- Personal development: First Aid/CPR training, communication, teamwork, safety and risk management.
AmeriCorps members receive . . .
A living stipend twice per month, health insurance, student loan forbearance during the member’s term, a post-service AmeriCorps education award, protective equipment and a uniform. Up to 15-20% of the service term is dedicated to technical and personal-skill training.
Want to learn more? Read about Neva, who landed a job in a SWCD after her apprenticeship, or check out these other sample positions. You can also follow Conservation Corps on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!
Applications for 2017 Conservation Apprentice positions are now closed. Applications for Summer 2018 positions will open in December 2017.
Check out our other open positions on our applications page!
2017 Conservation Apprentice Academy Locations
Apprentices are stationed at one of the below SWCDs. Please refer to this map when choosing your region preference. If you are having trouble reading this map, please click here to open a PDF version.
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The Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund has appropriated funds, as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR), to train and mentor future conservation professionals by providing apprenticeship service opportunities to Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Up to 30 corpsmembers (apprentices) are eligible to be placed in Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Technical Service Areas throughout the state.