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Conservation Corps accepting applications for 2014

Young adults, ages 18 to 25, are encouraged to apply for one of 160 positions available with Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa.

onservation Corps is currently accepting applications for AmeriCorps field crew leader and member positions for the 2014 program year.

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Priority application deadline is Wednesday, December 4.

All projects are completed on public land in cooperation with nonprofit organizations and government agencies, such as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

These opportunities provide technical field experience and professional certifications for future natural resource careers.

Corps members receive on-the-job training in natural resource management and put those skills into practice working on habitat restoration projects throughout the Midwest.

Typical project work includes exotic species management, prairie and oak-savanna restoration, stream bank stabilization, trail building and maintenance, prescribed burning and wildlife fire suppression.

Crew members receive a living stipend of $1,210 a month (crew leaders, $1,565 a month), health insurance, student loan forbearance during the service term and a post-service AmeriCorps Education Award that may be used for college expenses or to repay qualified student loans.

Projects are usually completed outdoors and about 70 percent involve camping near the project location.

To apply for the field crew program and to view other AmeriCorps positions with Conservation Corps, visit or contact Mark van der Linden, recruitment coordinator for more information at mark@conservation or (651) 209-9900, extension 31.