Minnesota GreenCorps AmeriCorps Member
Minnesota GreenCorps is a statewide AmeriCorps program coordinated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, with a mission to preserve and protect Minnesota's environment and strengthen communities. MN GreenCorps members serve full-time for 11 months at environmental nonprofits, government agencies, or educational institutions throughout the state. Members address critical environmental issues while gaining green job skills and networking with environmental professionals. Members serve on projects in one of the four environmental areas: • Air Pollutant Reduction (energy conservation, green transportation) • Community Readiness and Outreach (public engagement, education, volunteer mobilization) • Green Infrastructure Improvements (stormwater management, urban forestry) • Waste Reduction, Recycling, and Organics Management (food waste prevention, recycling, composting)
Members earn a monthly stipend of approximately $1,428 per month, offer of health insurance, student loan forbearance on eligible loans, and an education award of up to $6,095 that may be used for education expenses or to pay off qualified student loans. Members receive training from the MPCA quarterly, develop green job skills, gain professional experience, network with environmental professionals, and are paired with a mentor who provides on-going guidance.
Full-time, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm typical. Occasional evenings/weekends may be required for some positions.
Member activities may include:
- delivering environmental education
- implementing sustainability-related projects
- collecting, benchmarking and analyzing data
- improving habitat
- implementing recycling programs
- collaborating with community members
- mobilizing volunteers
- Must be a minimum of 18 years or older.
- Two year Associates degree or completion of sophomore year in a four-year college program required; preferred qualification of a four-year degree.
- Demonstrated interest in the environment, including energy and water conservation, active transportation, urban planning, local foods, recycling, etc.
- Interest in environmental service and community work.
- Commitment to complete the 11 months (1,700 hours) AmeriCorps service term.
- Ability to work well independently and with individuals from a variety of backgrounds.
- Ability to build and maintain relationships and lead and motivate others.
- Ability to take initiative, communicate effectively, manage time, organize and present information, display flexibility in service assignments, and display a positive and professional demeanor.
- Strong desire to learn new skills.
- Most positions require driving, a valid driver’s license, and passing a driving record check administered by the MPCA. Some positions require access to a personal vehicle for transportation.
- Some positions may require the ability to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions on challenging terrain.
- Must not have a criminal history that precludes the applicant’s ability to work with vulnerable populations, such as the youth and elderly.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or a lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S.