Corpsmembers serve outdoors restoring habitat, managing resources and responding to disasters. Corpsmembers work in four to six person crews for 10-hour days, 40 hours each week. Many projects require travel and overnight camping near the project site for 4 to 12 days.
Corpsmembers earn a monthly living allowance, health insurance, student loan forbearance and an AmeriCorps education award. Upon completing the program term, the AmeriCorps education award can be used to pay college or qualified student loan expenses.
Corpsmembers receive hands-on training working on habitat restoration projects. Members receive formal training in power and hand tool safety and use, First Aid and CPR, defensive driving, trailer safety and operation, leadership and communication, wild land fire fighting and prescribed burning, and other skills pertinent to region location and projects, such as GPS or ATV training.
Typical projects include restoring habitat by removing invasive species, building and improving motorized and hiking trails, stabilizing stream banks/controlling erosion, planting native trees, fighting wildfires and conducting prescribed burns. Habitat restoration projects are performed outdoors in partnership with public land management agencies such as State Department of Natural Resources, US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service, cities, counties and trail associations. Natural resource work is physically demanding. All corpsmembers must be prepared to meet the essential functions of the position.
Crews are now hiring across Minnesota and Iowa