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AmeriCorp Crew Leader (spring-fall)

Posted 12/30/2021
County Polk
Location GRANGER ,Iowa
Salary $8470
Deadline 02/28/2022


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

Illustrative Examples of Work:

Two Crew Leaders will serve as AmeriCorps members and develop skills that build a strong, leadership-packed resume ,earn a living stipend of $8,470 total and receive a Segal Education Award upon completion of $3,172.50 total to pay for higher education or qualified student loans.  All positions are half time members who will serve a minimum of 900 hours from March 14, 2022 - November 1, 2022.  Typical hours during the spring will be Tuesday-Wednesday, 2:30-7:00pm, and three Saturdays.  Summer hours will be 7:30am-4:00pm Monday-Friday.  Fall crews will follow the same work schedule as spring crews.  The program will require two-night camping trips for all crews.   

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

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.  You will also play a role in training the summer crew leaders on curriculum and equipment usage.  

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

Preemployment background check.
Driver's license.
At least 19 years of age.

To Apply
send cover letter and resume to

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