Field Specialist

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Deadline to Apply:

Sunday, November 6, 2016, 5:45pm


Brainerd, MN
United States

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Job Description:

Looking to build your field skills and get leadership experience? Apply to be a Field Specialist!

The AmeriCorps Field Specialist (ages 18-25) provides training, education and leadership to corpsmembers in the Northwest Minnesota District, 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, wild land firefighting and prescribed burning. Around 85% of the Field Specialist’s time is spent in the field providing training and support to crews.

-- Locations: Brainerd & Bemidji, MN
-- AmeriCorps service position (ages 18-25 preferred)
-- Term dates: January 3 – December 21, 2017
-- Schedule: Full-time, Monday-Thursday, 10 hrs/day
-- Stipend: $1990/mo
-- Education award: $5775 upon successful completion of term

-- Coordinate between field crews and project hosts.
-- Provide educational, technical and safety training for district corpsmembers. Trainings may include chainsaw/brush saw safety and use, hand tool safety and use, equipment maintenance, defensive driving and tree and plant identification.
-- Ensure all corpsmembers are familiar with safety practices and precautions. Develop emergency response plans, conduct safety site inspections and shop safety audits.

-- 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, prescribed burning and wildland firefighting.
-- Previous experience in a leadership role, including coordinating and implementing trainings.
-- Effective communication skills.

-- Current First Aid/CPR certificate.
-- 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 qualifications and requirements, please visit our application page.

How to Apply:


DEADLINE: November 6, 2016

Questions? Contact Kellie Lager, Recruitment Coordinator or 651-209-9900 x31