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AmeriCorp Crew Leader (summer)

Posted 02/01/2024
County Polk
Location GRANGER ,Iowa
Salary $4235
Deadline 04/07/2024


This posting is not a direct position of Polk County Conservation and successful applicants will not be employees of Polk County.  Successful applicants will not be subject to terms and conditions of Polk County employment, and will not be eligible for any employee benefits provided by Polk County.  However, these positions will be serving with Polk County Conservation, a host site of the Iowa AmeriCorps 4-H Environmental Education program through Iowa State Extension, and will be subject to AmeriCorps rules, benefits and requirements.  Two Crew Leaders will serve as AmeriCorps members and develop skills that build a strong, leadership-packed resume, earn a living stipend of $4235 total and receive a Segal Education Award upon completion of $1678 to pay for higher education or qualified student loans.  All positions are quarter time members who will serve a minimum of 450 hours over 12 weeks, from May 18th - August 12, 2022.  Typical  hours will be Monday through Friday 7:30am-4:00pm.  The program will require two-night camping trips in June and July.  

To be considered for this exciting opportunity please send your cover letter and resume to  

Spend your summer outside empowering young people through environmental stewardship projects.  With a co-leader, you will supervise, mentor and inspire a crew of 10 teens.  Gain experience managing a crew, maintaining trails, restoring habitat, creating dialogue around conservation, and leading outdoor recreation activities.  You will provide a safe, inclusive space for high school youth to gain job skills, grow as individuals and make a difference.   

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Basic Qualifications
  • Enthusiasm for serving outside
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Positive role model and strong work ethic
  • Ability to creatively motivate people
  • Adaptable to change
  • Self-starter and ability to work independently
  • Able to make good decisions that account for the safety and well-being of the crew.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with outdoor skills - canoe, kayak, camp, etc.
  • Experience with environmental stewardship projects
  • Experience using a variety of hand tools (loppers, pruners, shovels, etc).
  • Knowledge of ecology, species identification, and current issues in environmental science
  • Training in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion practices

This role would be ideal for candidates interested in conservation and land management, environmental science, secondary education, youth programming, parks and recreation, social work, environmental education, public service and similar areas.   

Training and Experience:

  • Standing, walking, sitting, stooping or crouching, kneeling, reaching, talking, hearing.
  • Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amounts of force frequently to lift, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.
  • Willingness and ability to serve outside in an environment subject to heat and humidity, sunburn, insect bites, poison ivy, or other natural elements.
  • Ability to pass pre-employment background check.
  • Pre-employment drug screening may be required.
  • Must have or obtain a Class D Driver's License or equivalent, Pesticide Applicator Certification, and First Aid Certification.
  • Candidate must be 19 or older to apply.  

More information available at under "Leadership AmeriCorps"

To be considered for this exciting opportunity please send your cover letter and resume to  

Pre-employment background check and drug screen.
Driver's license. At least 19 years of age.

To Apply
send cover letter and resume to

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