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  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: Americorps - Trail Crew; Apply Now

Position Opening: Trail Crew

Job Description:
Become part of the national service corps by joining the Iowa DNR AmeriCorps Trail Crew! Restore and maintain trails in Iowa’s state parks. Perform a variety of semi-skilled maintenance and technical tasks.

  • Restore and construct trails in Iowa’s state parks.
  • Build erosion control structures such as pedestrian bridges, boardwalks, retaining walls, and staircases.
  • Operate and maintain tools and equipment.
  • Recruit and organize volunteers.

AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance and an education award upon successful completion of service.   These positions are funded by an AmeriCorps grant and as such require the successful candidate to complete all of the required activities as outlined in the member handbook and member service agreement. More information about AmeriCorps can be found at

3 month positions will run from May 19 – August 10, 2017

Living Stipend:$3,479 divided and paid every two weeks ($579 – taxes) during a 3 month (450 hour) term of service plus a $1,527 education award paid upon successful completion of service contract. Additional benefits include free camping, free meals during the work week, deferred student loan payments, and boundless outdoor recreational opportunities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be available for all trainings as required.
  • Open to U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens.
  • Must be at least 17 years old. Legal guardian must sign for minors.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Capable of lifting loads up to 70 lbs. for short periods of time.
  • The position requires extensive bending, lifting, pushing, stooping, carrying and other heavy physical labor for extended periods of time.
  • The ability to work cooperatively under stressful working conditions.
  • Must demonstrate teamwork and display high standards of ethical conduct.
  • Willingness and ability to commute and live in a tent at state parks across Iowa for the duration of the summer.
  • The nature of the work environment requires that members utilize appropriate safety equipment such as leather gloves, hardhat, long pants, steel toe boots and protective glasses.
  • Physical ability and willingness to serve outside for 10 hours a day swinging a hand tool with occasional weekend work.
  • Regular, full time attendance is required.
  • Capacity to adjust to change and a durable sense of humor.
  • Ability to produce quality work in a timely manner.
  • Frequently required to walk, hike, sit and talk or listen


  • Build/maintain long lasting trails in beautiful locations
  • Training and experience: griphoist rigging, bridge building, new trail construction, timber trail structures, trail tread and drainage, trail design and layout
  • Valuable professional and networking opportunities
  • Serving the local community and visitors in Iowa State Parks, Recreation areas and Preserves
  • Meal reimbursement while in the field      
  • Iowa State Park Campsite provided
  • Opportunity for qualified student loan deferment

Enrollment Requirements:
An individual must be at least 18 years of age; have a high school diploma or GED; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien; pass a three-part national service criminal history check of the national sex-offender registry, state repository check, and FBI fingerprint check; and complete all pre-service orientation and training requirements. Documentation of age, education and citizenship are due by the first day of orientation. Criminal history checks will be initiated before the start of service; an individual will be ineligible if s/he is required to register on the National Sex Offender Registry, has been convicted of a violent felony, rape, murder, or fails to disclose any previous conviction. Other convictions or pending charges will be evaluated on a case-by- case basis in accordance with program policy. 

Post Close Date:
A rolling interview process will take place through mid-April until 12 positions are filled.

To Apply:
To receive full consideration please e-mail a resume, cover letter, and three employment, volunteer, or school references to Tim Wermers, Trails Program, at or call 515-577- 3009 with questions.