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The AmeriCorps Field Specialist (ages 18-25 preferred) provides training, education and leadership to corpsmembers, ensuring projects are done in an efficient, safe and consistent manner. The Specialist will assist the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) with preparing, coordinating, providing leadership and monitoring natural resource projects.

-- Locations: New Ulm, MN
-- AmeriCorps service position (ages 18-25 preferred)
-- Term dates: ASAP – December 21, 2018
-- Schedule: Full-time, Monday-Thursday, 10 hrs/day
-- Stipend: $1990/mo
-- Education award: $5815 upon successful completion of term

-- Help coordinate field crews and assist on technical projects, which may include prescribed burning, invasive species management and restoration of native plant communities.
-- Coordinate between project hosts, Regional Staff, DNR Staff and crews. Maintain equipment, conduct repairs and inventory.
-- Provide educational, technical and safety training for district corpsmembers.
-- Ensure corpsmembers are familiar with safety practices and precautions. Develop emergency response plans, conduct shop safety audits and safety site inspections.

-- Working knowledge of conservation project management from a variety of disciplines.
-- Experience with hand and power tools, tree felling and chainsaw operations, construction and mechanical skills, and wildland firefighting and/or prescribed burning.
-- Previous experience in a leadership role, effective communication skills and ability to multi-task, ability to work with minimal supervision and be flexible in responsibilities.

-- Red card certification (S-130/S-190, L-180, IS-100 and IS-700) and arduous work capacity test completion.
-- Current First Aid/CPR certificate.
-- One-year experience in field natural resource management including prescribed burning, invasive species management and natural community restoration.
-- Valid driver’s license and safe driving record (no major moving violations or DUIs in the past five years).
-- Flexible schedule to accommodate week-long out-of-town projects and emergency response.
-- Ability to perform the Essential Service Functions 40 hours per week, including long (10 hr) days of physically demanding outdoor work.
-- Full term of service must be completed in order to receive the education award.

-- Learn valuable job and leadership skills applicable to any career
-- Earn an AmeriCorps education award for school expenses or to pay off qualified student loans
-- Learn about current environmental issues and network with natural resource professionals
-- Get field experience and gain natural resource management skills
For more details and a complete list of locations, qualifications and requirements, please visit our application page.

DEADLINE: February 16, 2018