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.
Field Crews serve outdoors restoring habitat, managing natural resources, and occasionally responding to natural disasters or community needs.Program Details
Individual Placement members serve directly with nonprofit or government agencies focused on natural resource management, energy, and community outreach.Program Details
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.Program Details
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.Program Details
I Can Camp! and I Can Paddle!
Outdoor Skills 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.Program Details
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.Program Details
Iowa Monarch Habitat Project
Iowa Monarch Crews travel and camp throughout the state while collecting data related to monarch butterfly habitat.Program Details
Veterans participate in non-military service together on public lands completing conservation projects and learning skills to leverage their military experience for civilian careers.Program Details
Minnesota Energy Climate Corps
Climate Fellows take part in industry-level training while completing energy conservation projects in public buildings, gaining experience needed to be successful in a clean energy career.Program Details