Field Specialist, Minnesota and Iowa Conservation Corps

Job Type(s): Programs / Services
Deadline: October 13, 2017 12:00 am
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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 maintains equipment, conducts repairs, and assists with habitat restoration projects such as trail building, carpentry, wildland firefighting and prescribed burning. Around 85% of the Field Specialist’s time is spent in the field providing training and support to crews.

This is a full-time commitment for a year-long AmeriCorps service term. The Specialist will receive a monthly stipend and an education award upon successful completion of the term that may be used for education expenses or to repay qualified student loans.

Job duties:
Help coordinate field crews and assist on technical projects as needed, ensuring projects are accomplished in an efficient, safe, and consistent manner. Projects may include trail building, carpentry, wildland firefighting and prescribed burning.
Coordinate between project hosts and crews. Make sure crews are aware of project goals and are prepared to complete each project.
Maintain equipment, conduct repairs and inventory.
Promote teamwork and service-learning to ensure corpsmembers achieve personal and program goals.
Provide educational, technical and safety training for district corpsmembers. Training may include chainsaw/brush saw safety and use, hand tool safety and use, equipment maintenance, defensive driving, trailer operation, ATV, and tree/plant identification.
Ensure corpsmembers are familiar with safety practices and precautions. Develop emergency response plans for each project and conduct safety site inspections and shop safety audits.
Perform overnight and weekend spike camp and emergency response duties as assigned.