AmeriCorps is a national service movement that addresses challenges in our nation’s communities through the dedicated service of its members. Corpsmembers enroll in the program to give back to their communities while gaining a strong foundation of marketable skills for careers in natural resources.
If you are 18 to 25 years old, interested in national and community service and want to gain green job skills in energy conservation or natural resource management, consider serving in the Conservation Corps. AmeriCorps opportunities are available in rural and metro areas of Minnesota and Iowa.
Opportunities with Conservation Corps
- Non-residential Field Crews in northern, central and southern Minnesota and central Iowa that engage young adults in natural resource, renewable energy and emergency response work from February to December.
- Youth Outdoors engages 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, AmeriCorps members perform natural resource management service and, in the summer, some members will lead families in overnight workshops to learn how to camp.
- Individual AmeriCorps 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 anAmeriCorps education award.
- Conservation Corps Minnesota’s 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. AmeriCorps leaders serve 11 weeks from early June to mid-August.
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.