Veterans Corps connects veterans to the outdoors and provides a continued sense of community as they transition from military to civilian life.
Veterans participate in non-military AmeriCorps service as Conservation Field Crews restoring habitat, managing natural resources, and occasionally responding to natural disasters or community needs. The 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. Members will be trained in a wide variety or skills and receive nationally recognized certifications and opportunities to network with professionals.
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
Serving with our Veterans Corps program is a full-time AmeriCorps experience that requires a six-month (2022) or 11-month (2023) commitment.
AmeriCorps is a national service program that addresses challenges in our communities through the dedicated service of its members. AmeriCorps members serve directly with nonprofit organizations (like Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa) to tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges. Members join to give back to their communities while gaining a foundation of marketable skills for natural resource careers. Veterans who join our Veterans Corps program are enrolled as AmeriCorps members, volunteering to serve their community through environmental stewardship.