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Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa

  • 60 Plato Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN
  • conservationcorps.org

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Outdoor Skills Instructor

  • Safety – We will be safe in conducting our work and provide an environment where all feel welcome to be part of our community.
  • Service – Our history is rooted in a long-standing commitment to the value of service, fostering a work ethic, economic opportunity, honor, and purpose for those who serve and the generations we touch.
  • Respect – We respect earth, others, and ourselves. We value the interconnectedness of people and the land.
  • Equity – We provide equitable access to the opportunities and benefits gained from service learning and professional development.
  • Community – Together we create a sense of community and belonging. We share common values and respect the communities we have the privilege to serve.


min experience

salary range

$2k - $2k / month

Additional Job Details

International Applicants Allowed?
Work Visa Sponsoring Available

Job Overview

Outdoor Skills Instructors serve alongside the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, teaching families camping or canoe/kayak paddling skills and educating the public about local ecology and natural resources as part of the I Can Paddle! And I Can Camp! programs.


The I Can! programs introduce Minnesota families to a variety of outdoor activities including camping, fishing, paddling, and rock climbing.


We provide hands-on job skills training and certifications. This position does not require prior experience in natural resources.


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.


Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa envisions a world where 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.

Women, BIPOC, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.



  • Entry level, no prior experience required
  • Term: May – August
  • Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Typical schedule: Full-time 40 hours per week, Wednesday – Sunday, with hours varying depending on workshop schedules. Overnight travel (3-4 consecutive days) is often required.



  • Stipend: $2,076/month
  • Education award: $1,1718.25 that can be used on qualifying student loans or education expenses
  • Up to 20% of time spent on skills training, development, and certifications
  • Health insurance
  • Childcare assistance
  • Student loan forbearance on qualifying loans
  • Access to member assistance fund
  • Networking and career development events and opportunities
  • Access to the AmeriCorps alumni network



  • US Citizen, national, or permanent resident (per AmeriCorps eligibility guidelines)
  • Ability and desire to work well with others in a team setting, outdoors and in all weather conditions
  • Commitment to upholding Corps values of safety, service, respect, equity and community
  • High school degree, GED, or willingness to work towards obtaining a GED
  • Preferred: Knowledge of basic paddling strokes and techniques; knowledge of basic camping and backpacking skills


For more details and a complete list of locations, qualifications, duties, and benefits, please visit our application page.


Apply online: conservationcorps.org/join

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