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. 15-20% of the service term is dedicated to technical and personal-skill training.


Read about Neva, who landed a job in a SWCD after her apprenticeship.


• 18-25 years old.

• Positive attitude and strong commitment to service and community work.

• Willingness to work independently and on a team.

• Ability to communicate effectively with staff, community members and landowners.

• Ability to work outdoors in adverse conditions and lift 50 pounds.

• Valid driver’s license.

• Pass criminal, NSOPR and driver history record checks.

Additional preferred qualifications

Training or experience in natural resource management, agriculture, GIS/GPS and MS Office.

This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religion. The Conservation Corps engages AmeriCorps members, ages 18-25, as defined under the American Conservation and Youth Service Corps Act, a subtitle of the National and Community Service Act of 1990. Reasonable accommodations provided upon request.

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2013 service term.

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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 35 corpsmembers (apprentices) are eligible to be placed in Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Technical Service Areas throughout the state.