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Conservation Corps Minnesota accepting applications for 2012

Conservation Corps Minnesota, which provides hands-on environmental stewardship and service-learning opportunities for young adults, is accepting applications through Dec. 2 for 150 AmeriCorps field crew leader and member positions in Minnesota and central Iowa for the 2012 program year.

All projects are completed on public land in cooperation with nonprofit organizations and government agencies like the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Corps members, ages 18 to 25, receive on-the-job training in natural resource management and work on habitat restoration projects. Typical project work includes exotic species management, prairie and oak-savanna restoration, stream bank stabilization, trail building and maintenance, prescribed burning, GPS/GIS mapping and wildland fire suppression.

Crew members receive a living stipend of $1,155 per month (crew leaders $1,565 per 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.

Apply online or contact Carissa Butler, recruitment coordinator, at or 651-209-9900, ext. 31.