Conservation Corps accepting applications for summer trail work in Superior National Forest
Forty seasonal positions are being created through the Minnesota Conservation Corps (MCC) for summer trail work in the Superior National Forest.
Applications are being accepted for crew members who will be trained to improve trails and remove brush, install erosion control structures such as water bars, reconstruct boardwalks and maintain signs throughout the forest.
"We are increasing the number of young adults we employ in conservation work by almost 50 percent," said Tim Johnson-Grass, MCC operations manager. "Our corps members are committed to service and proud of their work. The trails that they maintain and improve in the Superior National Forest will be enjoyed for generations."
MCC, a nonprofit organization, is a former Department of Natural Resources (DNR) program. Currently, MCC partners with the DNR on numerous projects to provide cost-effective solutions and valuable work-skills training. In return, MCC provides qualified candidates for careers with the DNR.
"Young adults will gain valuable skills and an appreciation for natural resource management," said Jim Sanders, Superior National Forest supervisor. In addition to marketable job skills, corps members will receive professional certifications in chain-saw safety and first aid.
Participants receive a monthly living stipend and food and lodging (camping) while working 10-hour days on the project site, Monday through Thursday.
They are also eligible for a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for qualified student loan and college tuition expenses. Crew members receive a $1,250 award and leaders receive $1,475.
A detailed position description and application form is online or by calling James Adkinson, MCC recruitment associate, at 651-209-9900, ext. 17.