Programs

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa offers a wide range of year-long and seasonal opportunities for youth and young adults interested in a meaningful service experience, leadership development, and environmental stewardship.

Programs devote 20 percent of their time to technical-skills training, college-readiness or career-building skills such as resume writing and interviewing, and educational activities focused on environmental science and technology. Members and participants receive a unique hands-on experience and gain valuable skills for their future while positively impacting the environment and giving back to the community.

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Field Crews

Field Crews serve outdoors restoring habitat, managing natural resources, and occasionally responding to natural disasters or community needs.

Region: Central MN / Iowa / Northern MN / Southern MN
Duration: Full-year / Six-month / Three-month
Age: 18-25
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Individual Placements

Individual Placement members serve directly with nonprofit or government agencies focused on natural resource management, energy, and community outreach.

Region: Greater Midwest / Minnesota
Duration: Full-year / Three-month
Age: 18-25
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Increasing Diversity in Environmental Careers

Fellows participate in a fellowship, mentorship, and internship program focused on natural resources while pursuing a STEM degree in college.

Region: Minnesota
Duration: Multi-Year
Age: Varies (See qualifications)
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Youth Outdoors

Youth participants earn a paycheck while learning about the natural environment through conservation and community improvement projects. AmeriCorps members lead the youth in educational and service-learning activities and serve as Field Crews when not leading youth.

Region: Minnesota / Twin Cities
Duration: AmeriCorps: Full-year, Six-month, Three-month / Youth: Two-month
Age: 15-18 (Youth) / 18-25 (AmeriCorps)
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I Can Camp! and I Can Paddle!

Outdoor Recreation Instructors serve alongside the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources teaching families camping or paddling skills and educating the public about local ecology and natural resources.

Region: Minnesota / Twin Cities
Duration: Three-month
Age: 18-25
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Summer Youth Corps

Youth participants connect with the outdoors through paid hands-on conservation work during this summer residential program. AmeriCorps members spend the summer living outdoors while leading and supervising the youth.

Region: St. Croix State Park
Duration: AmeriCorps: Three-month / Youth: One-to-two-month
Age: 15-18 (Youth) / 18-25 (AmeriCorps)
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Iowa Monarch Habitat Project

Iowa Monarch Crews travel and camp throughout the state while collecting data related to monarch butterfly habitat.

Region: Iowa
Duration: Six-month / Three-month
Age: 18-25
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