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20 Dec 2021

Full-Time Natural Resources Field Crew (Minnesota and Iowa locations)

Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa – Posted by adrienne.amell@conservationcorps.com Rochester, Minnesota, United States

Job Description

AmeriCorps Field Crews serve outdoors restoring habitat, managing natural resources, and occasionally responding to natural disasters or community needs. The Field Crew program prioritizes personal and professional growth while teaching hands-on conservation skills in the field. Members develop technical skills throughout their term while completing challenging and impactful conservation projects. Natural resources projects vary by region and crew location, but may include:

  • Invasive species management
  • Stream bank stabilization, erosion control
  • Prescribed burning
  • Trail construction & maintenance
  • Tree planting
  • Basic carpentry
  • Wild land fire suppression
  • Emergency response

Projects are in partnership with public land management agencies such as the State Department of Natural Resources, US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service, cities, counties, and trail associations. Projects are physically challenging and team-oriented and occur throughout the Midwest, including urban and wilderness settings. Depending on crew location, up to 90% of projects will be out-of-town assignments, requiring camping for 4 – 12 consecutive days. Crews are led by AmeriCorps Crew Leaders and supervised by 2 Regional Managers.

Locations:

  • Northwest Minnesota: Brainerd, Bemidji, Fergus Falls
  • Northeast Minnesota: Grand Rapids, Gooseberry Falls State Park, Duluth
  • Central Minnesota: Hanover, Plymouth, Shakopee, Andover, Chaska
  • Southern Minnesota: Rochester, Mankato
  • Iowa: Eastern Iowa, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Complete natural resources 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 to complete projects, upholding the Corps values of safety, service, respect, equity and community
  • Positive attitude, desire to learn new skills, interest in community service; represent Conservation Corps in positive manner in
  • Share project highlights and photos with the Marketing and Communications Department for inclusion in news release articles and other communications

Training & Development
The Corps provides orientation and skills training at the start of the program year, and additional region or project specific training throughout the service term that may include:

  • Team building and conflict resolution
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Safety and risk management
  • Power and hand tool safety and maintenance
  • S130 & S190 Firefighter training and red card certification training
  • First Aid and CPR
  • MN Safety Council defensive driving
  • Trailer operation and safety
  • Invasive species management/herbicide application
  • Plant identification
  • Leave No Trace principles.

About Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa: Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa, a nonprofit organization and AmeriCorps grantee, engages hundreds of youth and young adults each year in in meaningful service, leadership development, and environmental stewardship. Our vision is a world in which everyone has equitable access to nature, is equipped to succeed in career and life, and is empowered to make a difference in conserving natural resources. Our projects and programs embody our core values of safety, service, respect, equity, and community. In working toward our vision, we believe it is important to acknowledge that natural resources organizations, including Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa, have a legacy of supporting and benefiting from systems that have restricted access to public lands and careers for marginalized groups. To challenge this, we commit to using equity as a lens for the work we do and decisions we make, building a shared vision surrounding justice, equity, diversity, and Inclusion goals with our partnering organizations and communities and providing an equitable training environment and high-quality programming to all our participants.

How to Apply

Apply on our website here

Job Categories: Conservation. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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