Conservation Corps Minnesota
Position: Crew Leaders (AmeriCorps members, age 19+)
Supervises: Youth participants
Location: Based in St. Croix State Park near Hinckley MN. Spike camp throughout the region to complete environmental service projects.
Term: June 1 to August 17, 2011
Residential position with room and board included; limited time off
The Summer Youth Corps Crew Leaders (AmeriCorps members) add value to the community, environment and youth participants through their dedicated service. The member will supervise, motivate, direct and coordinate a crew of young people in a rigorous program of work, education, and training. The member will be responsible for maintaining consistent discipline and fostering positive crew morale by utilizing teamwork among crewmembers. The member must ensure that they and the crew adhere to program goals and mission. The member will work alongside crew members to set the standard and pace of work.
• Co-lead groups of 6 youth on 1 to 3 week long "spike" projects (spikes are projects completed outside of the residential base site where crews camp in tents, prepare their own meals, and complete work projects).
• Lead crew to complete projects such as trail construction and maintenance, foot bridge building, landscaping, campsite development, invasive species removal, etc.
• Facilitate with educational and recreational activities on the weekends, during spike trips, and after the workday.
• Provide discipline and positive crew morale, build teamwork among crew members, enforce the standards of the Conservation Corps behavior, and adhere to the program goals and mission.
• Crew Leaders are responsible for encouraging the development of good work habits and presenting on basic skills such as work safety, environmental education and leave no trace.
Principle Working Relationships:
• AmeriCorps members are paired together and will lead youth in education, training and conservation projects.
• Members are directly supervised by the Summer Youth Corps Coordinator.
• Members complete service projects with direction provided by partnering agencies and representatives of those agencies. Service projects may include volunteers.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must be 19+ years old with desire and ability to:
• Work hard in an outdoor setting.
• Work with diverse youth in conservation, education and recreation settings.
• Camp and live in the outdoors for extended periods of time.
• Foster strong work habits, environmental ethics, and team unity.
• Display a positive attitude, interest in service and community work, and desire to make a difference.
• Previous experience or education with youth development and natural resource management is not required; 15-20% of the service term is dedicated to technical and personal-skill training.
Compensation & Benefits:
• Living stipend $1,140/month
• AmeriCorps Education Award may be available upon completion of service.
• Medical insurance is available
Online Application: www.conservationcorps.org
Applications are due by March 25, 2011.
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