Minnesota GreenCorps AmeriCorps member

Organization
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, MN GreenCorps program
Organization Summary

Minnesota GreenCorps is an AmeriCorps program coordinated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), with a mission to preserve and protect Minnesota's environment and strengthen communities. MN GreenCorps members serve full-time at nonprofit organizations, local governments, or educational institutions throughout the state. Members address critical environmental issues while gaining green job skills and networking with environmental professionals. The Minnesota GreenCorps program anticipates engaging 48 members in the 11-month service term next program year; this posting is for the remaining nine available positions!

Nine positions are available throughout Minnesota. Housing is not provided, members must secure housing near their service location. Applicants may indicate geographic area preferences on the application.

  • Northeast: Cloquet
  • Northwest: Cass Lake, Park Rapids
  • Metro: Andover, Minneapolis, St. Paul
  • Southeast: Austin, St. Peter

Members earn a living allowance disbursed every two weeks in payments of $1,027 (pre-tax), health insurance, mental health services with counseling, student loan forbearance on eligible loans, and an education award of up to $6,495 for education expenses or qualified student loans. Members receive training from the MPCA, develop green job skills, gain professional experience, network with environmental professionals, and are paired with a mentor who provides ongoing guidance.

Posting Date
Closing Date
Location in MN
Metro
Northeast
Northwest
Southeast
Job type
full-time
Salary

Members earn an AmeriCorps living allowance disbursed every two weeks in payments of $1,027. The living allowance is taxed as income. 

Hours

Minnesota GreenCorps AmeriCorps Service Term: September 14, 2022 – August 15, 2023

Schedule: Full-time, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm typical. Occasional evenings/weekends may be required for some positions.  

Primary Duties

Members serve in one of the four environmental topic areas: Air Pollutant Reduction, Community Readiness & Outreach, Green Infrastructure Improvements, or Waste Reduction, Recycling, & Organics Management. 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, and mobilizing volunteers.

Experience

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be a minimum of 18 years or older. 
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. 
  • Must be eligible to serve an AmeriCorps service term and make the commitment to complete the 11-month (1700 hour) service term.
  • Must have a two-year Associates degree or completion of sophomore year in a four-year college program required; preferred qualification of a four-year degree.
  • Must have a demonstrated interest in the environment and service and community work.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Effective communication, presentation, and writing skills.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships.
  • Ability to work well independently and on diverse teams.
  • Ability to take initiative and effectively manage projects.
  • Ability to research and organize information.
  • Functional computer skills: word processing, spreadsheet, database management.

Physical Requirements

  • Most positions are primarily based in an office setting and require sitting, standing, and operating a computer and telephone.
  • Most positions require light to moderate lifting, bending, stooping, pulling, kneeling, carrying, and use of hand tools.
  • Some positions require the ability to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions, such as wind, rain, and high or low temperatures on challenging terrain for up to 8 hours at a time.

Additional Requirements

  • Positions that perform driving require a valid driver’s license and ability to pass a driving record check. Some positions require access to a personal vehicle for transportation.
  • All positions require the successful completion of a criminal history check, per AmeriCorps regulations. 
How to Apply

Visit www.pca.state.mn.us/mngreencorps to learn more about the program, review the available positions and locations in the project summary document, and read the Application Guide. Application deadline is Friday, August 19. 

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