Iowa DNR - AmeriCorps Trail Crew 2017

January 18, 2017


Iowa DNR AmeriCorps
Trail Crew 2017
Work Description

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, 2016

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
Post Close Date
A rolling interview process will take place from mid-February through mid-March 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.

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