AmeriCorps offers opportunities for people to serve communities across the country — from classrooms to the outdoors to everything in between. In AmeriCorps, you can learn and apply new skills and get paid as you give back to your community, state and country through public service. Since its creation in 1994, more than a million people have served in AmeriCorps.
We offer service opportunities that will build your professional skills and knowledge in a wide array of areas. Across Minnesota, there are positions in education, the environment, affordable housing, computer and job skills training, addiction recovery support and more.
Environmental programs (see other postings for other program areas):
· Community Forestry Corps members serve at nonprofit or public agencies to preserve and revitalize Minnesota’s forests. Service includes tree inventorying, tree planting, gravel bed nursery construction, Emerald Ash Borer management plan development, volunteer recruitment and training, and education events. Application for current year is closed.
· Conservation Corps members complete natural resource projects with a crew. Some lead high school youth in conservation service work. There are also some individual placements where you’d be with a nonprofit or government agency that provides skills training in conservation. Members are ages 18-25. Application now open for positions starting in February 2021. Summer terms available.
· Minnesota GreenCorps members are placed in local governments, public schools, nonprofits, and higher education to address a specific local need, e.g., energy conservation, stormwater, or waste prevention and recycling. There are locations in the metro as well as greater Minnesota. Deadline has passed for the 2020-21 program year. Application for 2021-22 program year will open in May 2021.
Note: all Environmental positions are full time.
Members earn a modest living allowance every two weeks and up to $6,195 at the end of their service which can be used to repay qualified student loans or pay tuition. While serving, you can put your qualified student loans in forbearance (accrued interest will be paid for you at the end), and receive health insurance with no premium cost. Housing assistance, equipment stipend, childcare, and transportation assistance available depending on the program.
AmeriCorps is a great transition to your career – you’ll build the skills employers are looking for (e.g., communication, teamwork, leadership, problem solving) and grow your professional network.
- must be at least 18 years of age (Conservation Corps members range from 18 to 25) and have a high school diploma or equivalent (GreenCorps requires some college)
- interest in national and community service
- desire to gain job skills in natural resource management, youth leadership, energy conservation, air pollutant reduction, community readiness and outreach, green infrastructure improvements, or waste reduction, recycling, and organics management
- must be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
- have served three or fewer terms with an AmeriCorps State or National program