Water Trails Specialist

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Deadline to Apply:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 11:45pm


St. Paul, MN
United States

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Job Description:

The AmeriCorps Water Trails Specialist (ages 18-25) assists the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) River Programs staff with river survey, site reviews, project design, equipment and materials procurement, maintenance, repair, budget estimation, permitting, engineering submittals, bidding, contracting, and other facets of project planning. The specialist will assist with field data collection using mobile units and process, edit, or analyze data using GIS and other software tools in the office. The specialist will also assist with drafting signage plans, ordering and installing navigational signage and assist with communication with local land managers about signage. This position will design native planting plans for river restoration and water trail projects using DNR guidelines. During the construction field season, this position will serve as a liaison between Conservation Corps field crews and the DNR River Programs staff, providing Corpsmembers with training, leadership, and project management as needed.

This is a full-time commitment for a six-month 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.

Term dates and schedule:
-- Term: May 30 – December 15, 2017
-- Schedule: Full-time, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. typical

Stipend and award:
-- Monthly stipend: $1990
-- Education award: $2887 upon successful completion of term

Location: Housing is not provided by the Corps. Specialist must secure their own housing near service location. 
-- Des Moines, IA
-- Knowledge of river conservation project management.
-- Ability to read landscape drawings and designs.
-- Ability to safely operate power/hand tools, small equipment and trailers.
-- Ability to organize tool, equipment and material needs for service projects and communicate these needs with DNR technician and Corps field crews. 
-- Strong communication and organizational skills, ability to work with minimal supervision, multi-task and be flexible in responsibilities.
-- Positive attitude and strong commitment to service and community work.
-- Bachelor’s degree in natural resources or related field and/or equivalent professional experience.
-- Experience with Microsoft Office.
-- Experience with ArcMap, Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop preferred. 
-- Experience with landscaping, design, or restoration projects preferred.
-- Flexible schedule to accommodate week-long out of town assignments
-- Ability to perform the essential functions of the job 40 hours per week 

-- Monthly stipend
-- Education award upon successful completion of term
-- First Aid/CPR training
-- Skills training and job experience
-- Health insurance
-- Student loan forbearance during service term

For more details and a complete list of qualifications and requirements, please visit our application page.

How to Apply:

APPLY ONLINE: http://www.conservationcorps.org/apply

Deadline: May 17, 2017
Questions? Contact Megan Zeiher, Recruitment Coordinator
recruit@conservationcorps.org or 651-209-9900 x35