Water Trails Crews (AmeriCorps) travel around the state of Iowa by boat and/or canoes to maintain the state’s water trail system ensuring they are cleared of vegetation, are well maintained and ready to be utilized by recreational paddlers. The Water Trails Crew 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. Projects vary by region and crew location, but may include:
Projects are in partnership with public land management agencies such as the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, cities, counties and water trail associations. Water Trail Crew members also participate in staffing Iowa’s largest river clean-up event, Project AWARE, assisting with preparation for the event scouting the event route, addressing any safety concerns as well as logistics and operational support for the direction of the event. Projects are physically challenging and team-oriented and occur throughout Iowa, including urban and wilderness settings. Depending on crew location, up to 50% of projects will be out-of-town assignments, requiring camping for 4 consecutive days. Crews are led by AmeriCorps Crew Leaders and supervised by two Regional Managers.
Duties & Responsibilities
Hours & Schedule
Schedules can vary, depending on crew location. Crew members should expect to be scheduled for at least 40 hours of service per week. A typical schedule is Monday – Thursday, 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM, including a mandatory 30 minute lunch break which does not count towards service hours. Overnight travel (4 consecutive days) is often required for service projects.
Training & Development
The Corps provides orientation and skills training at the start of the program year, and additional region or project specific training throughout the service term that may include:
No more than 20% of total service hours will be spent on training and development activities.
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 18-35, 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.
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