AmeriCorps Field Crew Members (ages 18-25) receive on-the-job training to learn natural resources management skills and put those skills into practice completing habitat restoration projects throughout the Midwest. Crew Members also get the chance to work alongside conservation professionals and explore career options within the environmental field.
Crews complete natural resource conservation projects such as exotic species management, herbicide application, stream bank stabilization and erosion control, timber stand improvement, prescribed burning, trail construction and maintenance, tree planting, basic carpentry, wild land fire suppression and emergency response in partnership with public land management agencies such as the Department of Natural Resources, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service and Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Community Need Addressed
The Conservation Corps addresses environmental challenges in our communities through the dedicated service of its members. Members complete natural resource projects and give back to their communities while gaining a foundation of technical, professional and leadership skills for natural resource careers.
Corpsmembers receive hands-on training working on habitat restoration projects. Members receive formal training in power and hand tool safety and use, First Aid and CPR, defensive driving, trailer safety and operation, leadership and communication, wild land fire fighting and prescribed burning, and other skills pertinent to region location and projects, such as GPS or ATV training. After a term with the Corps, members are well-equipped to be competitive candidates for a career in the natural resources.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Skills you will gain
Wildfire suppression (red card certification), Red Cross first aid and CPR, team building and conflict resolution, diversity, safety and risk management, power and hand tool safety and use, tool maintenance, defensive driving, trailer operation and safety, invasive species management/herbicide application, tree identification, and Corps spike trips/Leave No Trace.
Competencies You Will Develop
Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment