AUDIO: Conservation Corps seeking new members

Featured photo: Conservation Corps member Jenny Sherren at the Caldwell Fire.

The Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa is seeking more than 200 applicants.

The Corps carries on the tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) of the 1930s and works on a number of projects on public lands.

Applicants must be 18 to 25 years old to fill 214 year-long AmeriCorps positions.

Education awards and living stipends are provided.

A United Nations Academic Impact report shares 23% of young adults ages 18-24 who were working pre-pandemic are now unemployed, and those who are working have reported reductions in hours and income.  

“CCMI supports communities during times of crisis through national service. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a crisis of unprecedented proportions. We know these AmeriCorps positions will allow young people to put their energy toward a critical need – improving the environment –while also gaining skills that employers will value,” said  Hollis Emery, Conservation Corps’  program director.

Corps member Jenny Sherren described her experiences, as she spent much of this past summer working in the Superior National Forest.

Corps members do a variety of tasks in the natural resources field, such as improving access to outdoor recreation, restoring natural habitat, as well as responding to community needs and natural disasters.

More information about the Conservation Corps is available online.

Listen to the full interview with Conservation Corps’ Jenny Sherren and Rachel Wagner:

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