Iowa AmeriCorps trail crew working.
Iowa DNR Keepers of the Land AmeriCorps Program
Since 1999, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Keepers of the Land AmeriCorps program has led nearly 1,000 members in conserving and enhancing our natural resources. AmeriCorps is a national service program that provides Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to serve their communities.  In Iowa and across the nation, AmeriCorps members have the unique chance to apply skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting community needs.  

AmeriCorps members serve the DNR and its partners by providing:
  • Environmental education
  • Trail restoration
  • Sustainable land use projects
  • Fisheries and Wildlife conservation
  • Habitat enhancement initiatives
  • Volunteer recruitment and involvement in natural resource conservation
DNR Keepers of the Land AmeriCorps positions range from three to twelve months and are available statewide. AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance during their term. In addition, AmeriCorps members who complete a successful term of service are eligible to receive an education award


Ready to Apply?

To apply, please complete an online application at www.americorps.gov.  Search for opportunities listed as AmeriCorps State or “SN”.  After you apply, if your qualifications match the position requirements you will be contacted for an interview by DNR staff.

Find out more about opportunities offered by the National AmeriCorps program and learn how your AmeriCorps service is valued by potential employers.

Open Position - Apply before Nov 5, 2016

AmeriCorps Positions – Conservation Educator

Location:
Springbrook Conservation Education Center
(Guthrie County)

Job Description: Become part of the national service corps and work as part of the Keepers of the Land AmeriCorps team to teach conservation education.  This includes performing a variety of skilled and technical tasks. A normal work day will be 8:00 to 4:30, but will vary due to group needs.

This position is for a one year term with health, life and dental benefits.   

Position Duties:

  • Prepare and present activity based educational programs for students and teachers at the Springbrook Conservation Education Center.
  • Assist in the coordination and registration of the Hunting and Conservation Camp, American Wilderness Leadership School, and the Mentored Outdoor Experience Deer Hunt.
  • Cooperate with other bureaus to band geese, conduct wildlife surveys, etc.
  • Recruit and organize volunteers.
  • Design and implement AmeriCorps community service projects.
  • Fulfill all required AmeriCorps program activities as outlined in the member handbook and contract.

AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance and an education award: 

Living Stipend: $12,700.00 divided and paid every two weeks during service

Education Award: $ 5,775.00 education award at successful completion of service

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be available for all training as required.
  • Must be a United States citizen, United States national or legal permanent resident alien.
  • Must have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Must submit to and pass a state and federal background check as well as a check on the National Sex Offender Registry.
  • Proficient in teaching all ages about natural resources related topics.
  • Must have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
  • Ability to traverse diverse terrain on foot or on an ATV.
  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  • Work with minimal supervision and demonstrate responsible behavior and attention to detail.
  • Follow policy and cooperate with supervisors and co-workers.
  • Exhibits honesty and integrity.
  • Works and communicates with internal and external clients and customers to meet their needs in a polite, courteous and cooperative manner. 
  • Displays a high level of initiative, effort and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently. 
  • Aligns behavior with needs, priorities, and goals of the organization.

Post Close Date:  November 5, 2016

To Apply log on to: http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/join-americorps

For more information about these AmeriCorps position please contact Linda King at Linda.King@dnr.iowa.gov or 515-725-8261.  More information about AmeriCorps can be found at www.americorps.gov

Open Position - Apply before Nov 5, 2016

AmeriCorps Position- Ecosystem Management Team

Location:
Stone State Park in Sioux City, Iowa

Job Description –Become an AmeriCorps member working as part of the Keepers of the Land AmeriCorps team and the DNR’s parks staff to assist in restoring Iowa’s native prairie on public land.

This position is for a one year term with health, life and dental benefits.   

Position Duties:

  • Perform a variety of semi-skilled and technical tasks using heavy equipment, chainsaws, skid steer, and other power tools
  • Help implement the native species vegetation plan
  • Remove brush and invasive species
  • Apply herbicides
  • Conduct fire management on timbers and grasslands
  • Collect seed, plant trees and prairie plants
  • Provide occasional educational programs
  • Assist with park beautification and enhancement efforts
  • Work as a team with DNR staff
  • Recruit and organize volunteers
  • Design and implement AmeriCorps community service projects
  • Fulfill all required AmeriCorps program activities as outlined in the member handbook and contract

These are 12 month and 6 month positions which start November 18, 2016.


AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance and an education award at the successful completion of service.

12 Month Position

$12,700 Living Stipend divided and paid every two weeks during service.

$5,775  Education award at successful completion of service.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must submit to and pass a state and federal background check as well as a check on the National Sex Offender Registry.
  • Must be available for all training as required.
  • Must be a United States citizen, United States national or legal permanent resident alien.
  • Must have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

Additional Qualifications:

  • A general qualification guideline for this position is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Ecology, Biology, or closely related natural resources field or currently working towards such a degree.
  • Able to work alone, with the public, in all conditions, on weekends, holidays, nights, and evenings as required. 
  • Able to withstand physically demanding work, including lifting, bending, or hauling
  • Follow policy and cooperate with supervisors and co-workers
  • Exhibits honesty and integrity.
  • Works and communicates with internal and external clients and customers to meet their needs in a polite, courteous and cooperative manner. 
  • Displays a high level of initiative, effort and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently. 
  • Aligns behavior with needs, priorities, and goals of the organization.

Post Close Date:  November 5, 2016

To apply: Log on to:  http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/join-americorps

For more information about these AmeriCorps position please contact Linda King at Linda.King@dnr.iowa.gov or 515-725-8261.  More information about AmeriCorps can be found at www.americorps.gov

Open Position - Apply before Nov 5, 2016

AmeriCorps Position- Trail Crew Leader

Location:
Based out of Big Creek State Park, Polk City, IA

Start Date – November 18, 2016  End Date – November 16, 2017

Job Description – Become a member of the DNR Keepers of the Land AmeriCorps Trail Crew!  Restore and maintain trails in Iowa’s state parks. This will require performing a variety of skilled and semi-skilled maintenance and technical tasks.

Position Duties:

  • Restore and construct trails in Iowa’s parks statewide.
  • Build erosion control structures such as pedestrian bridges, boardwalks, retaining walls, and staircases using a wide range of materials.
  • Maintain program equipment.
  • Restore native ecosystems and prairies.
  • Provide leadership to the summer trail crew.
  • Design and implement AmeriCorps community service projects.
  • Generate and organize volunteers.
  • Be prepared for disaster relief deployment.
  • Work as a team with DNR staff.
  • Recruit and organize volunteers.
  • Design and implement AmeriCorps community service projects.
  • Fulfill all required AmeriCorps program activities as outlined in the member handbook and contract.

Trail Crew life is both challenging and rewarding.  Our members have the opportunity to job shadow and collaborate with DNR specialists, camp in Iowa state parks, and work outdoors!

This position is for a one year term with health, life and dental benefits. AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance and an education award at the successful completion of service.

12 Month Position

$13,141.18 Living Stipend divided and paid every two weeks during service.

$5,775  Education award at the successful completion of service.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must submit to and pass a state and federal background check as well as a check on the National Sex Offender Registry.
  • Must be available for all training as required.
  • Must be a United States citizen, United States national or legal permanent resident alien.
  • Must have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Capable of lifting loads up to 70 lbs. for short periods of time.
  • The ability to work cooperatively under stressful working conditions.
  • Must demonstrate teamwork and display high standards of ethical conduct.
  • Willingness to learn preventive maintenance for machines and equipment used on the job.
  • Willingness and ability to commute and live at state parks across Iowa for the duration of the work week.    
  • Regular, full time attendance is required.
  • Capacity to adjust to change.
  • Capable of using a variety of hand and/or power tools.
  • Ability to produce quality work in a timely manner.
  • Willingness to work extended hours and occasional weekends.
  • Able to withstand physically demanding work, including lifting, bending, or hauling.
  • Follow policy and cooperate with supervisors and co-workers
  • Exhibits honesty and integrity.
  • Works and communicates with internal and external clients and customers to meet their needs in a polite, courteous and cooperative manner. 
  • Displays a high level of initiative, effort and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently. 
  • Aligns behavior with needs, priorities, and goals of the organization.

Post Close Date:  November 5, 2016

To apply: Log on to:  http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/join-americorps

For more information about these AmeriCorps position please contact Tim Wermers at Timothy.Wermers@dnr.iowa.gov or 515-577-3009.  More information about AmeriCorps can be found at www.americorps.gov