Service Term: 900-hour AmeriCorps position, May – November
Reports to: Conservation Corps Individual Placement Program Manager and MN DNR Site Supervisor
Location: Saint Paul, MN
About Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa: Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa, a nonprofit organization and AmeriCorps grantee, engages hundreds of youth and young adults each year in in meaningful service, leadership development, and environmental stewardship. Our vision is a world in which everyone has equitable access to nature, is equipped to succeed in career and life, and is empowered to make a difference in conserving natural resources. Our projects and programs embody our core values of safety, service, respect, equity, and community. In working toward our vision, we believe it is important to acknowledge that natural resources organizations, including Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa, have a legacy of supporting and benefiting from systems that have restricted access to public lands and careers for marginalized groups. To challenge this, we commit to using equity as a lens for the work we do and decisions we make, building a shared vision surrounding justice, equity, diversity, and Inclusion goals with our partnering organizations and communities and providing an equitable training environment and high-quality programming to all our participants.
Position Summary: The Conservation Corps Minnesota (Corps) Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Specialist position is an AmeriCorps position based at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This position serves to build the capacity of important public service work at the DNR in the Division of Ecological and Water Resources Aquatic Invasive Species program Under the guidance of MN DNR and U of M project advisors, this position will primarily serve to assist in the prevention of the spread and promotion of management of invasive species. Activities include data collection, mapping and AIS field work related to invasive species monitoring, verification, and early detection surveys. This position may also provide corps members with opportunities in outdoor recreation and outreach.
Members are directly supervised by Conservation Corps Program Manager and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and University of Minnesota site supervisors. Members serve in a single placement setting with a partnering nonprofit/government organization. Members complete service projects with direction provided by partnering agencies and representatives of those agencies.
Duties & Responsibilities:
AmeriCorps members must complete service projects to the best of their ability, serving safely, effectively and efficiently to ensure projects are completed to the satisfaction of project hosts and the community. AmeriCorps members are expected to serve a minimum of 675 hours and complete the entire service term per the start and end dates listed on the Member Service Agreement. In this position, AmeriCorps members will serve in a team of two, assisting an interdisciplinary team with invasive species monitoring and surveillance efforts, specifically of previously treated Phragmites populations, to evaluate treatment efficacy. Activities include:
Hours & Schedule
In accordance with 45CFR 2520.65, AmeriCorps members may not perform prohibited service activities directly or indirectly by recruiting, training, or managing others for the primary purpose of engaging in the activities. Prohibited service activities are outlined in the Service Agreement section VII and AmeriCorps member manual.
Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to creating an inclusive environment that values the diversity of its staff and members and does not discriminate against anyone. Employment/placement decisions with Conservation Corps will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Conservation Corps does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, military service, union membership, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, status with regards to public assistance, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law. Conservation Corps engages AmeriCorps members, ages 18-25, as defined under the American Conservation and Youth Service Corps Act, a subtitle of the National and Community Service Act of 1990. Reasonable accommodations available upon request.
Minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Women, BIPOC, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
CCMI requires all employees and AmeriCorps members to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 OR submit a medical or religious exemption request.
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