• Posted Mar 4, 2018

Are YOU interested spending the summer traveling and restoring Iowa’s trail system?

Note the deadline to apply is March 30th!!

AmeriCorps Iowa Trails Corps Crew Members and Leaders (ages 18-25) participate in on-the-job training to learn natural resources management skills and put those skills into practice enhancing, restoring and improving Iowa’s regional destination trails.

This position involves physically challenging, team-oriented AmeriCorps service. The goals of this program are to conduct ecological restoration on Iowa’s multi-use recreation trails, increase community outreach, strengthen trail partnerships and improve trail natural resource health along the corridor.

Service is performed exclusively outdoors and may involve camping for several days at a time. Crews complete natural resource conservation projects in partnership with public land management agencies such as Blackhawk, Clayton, Story and Webster County Conservation Boards, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and the City of Bondurant.

This is a full-time commitment for a summer-long AmeriCorps service term. AmeriCorps members will receive a monthly stipend and an education award upon successful completion of the term that may be used for education expenses or to repay qualified student loans.

Trails Corps Application

Term dates and schedule:

Term: May 29 – August 17, 2018

Schedule: Full-time, Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. typical. Up to 90% of projects will be out-of-town assignments, requiring camping for 4 to 8 consecutive days.

Stipend and award:

Monthly stipend:

Crew Member: $1355

Crew Leader: $1690

Education award: $1538 upon successful completion of term

Locations: This is not a residential program; participants must secure housing near the crew shop location. Lodging (tents or cabins) and food will only be provided during week-long out-of-town service projects.

Ames, IA

Qualifications: Crew Member

  • Ability to work well with others in a team setting.
  • Strong desire to learn new skills.
  • Positive attitude and interest in community service.
  • Dedication to complete the full term of AmeriCorps service.
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate week-long out of town assignments and emergency response.

Qualifications: Crew Leader (in addition to above Crew Member qualifications)

  • Previous experience in a leadership role / ability to lead or co-lead a crew of 3 members (ages 18-25).
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Experience/education in natural resource management, habitat restoration work and/or related fields.
  • Experience in hand and power tool safety and small engine repair is preferred.


  • 18-25 years old.
  • Able to perform the Essential Service Functions 40 hours/week:
  • Long (10 hour) days of shoveling, digging and swinging heavy tools repetitively
  • Long (10 hour) days of chainsaw / brush saw work
  • Heavy lifting, bending, and carrying up to 50 pounds
  • Walking and working on steep or uneven terrain
  • Working in extremes of heat or cold
  • Working, eating, and camping outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Must be a US Citizen, US National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the US.
  • Must pass the National Sex Offender Public Registry and criminal history check defined as no positive hits on the NSOPW and no history of violent offenses on the criminal history check.
  • Must successfully pass medical review process.
  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record (no major moving violations or DUI’s in the past five years).
  • Crew Leader Only: Must possess or be able to acquire an Iowa Department of Agriculture Commercial Pesticide Applicator License. Corps will provide training and support to obtain license.
  • Full term of service must be completed in order to receive the education award.


  • Monthly stipend
  • Education award upon successful completion of term
  • Health insurance
  • Student loan forbearance during service term
  • Skills training and job experience

For more information, view the Trails Corps Crew Member or Leader position description.

Trails Corps Position Description

This program is available to all, without regard to disability, race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or political affiliation. The Conservation Corps engages AmeriCorps members, ages 18-25, as defined under the American Conservation and Youth Service Corps Act, a subtitle of the National and Community Service Act of 1990. Reasonable accommodations provided upon request.

Deadline: March 30

Early application encouraged. Applications considered as received.

Questions? Contact DeWitt Boyd, Iowa Assistant Program Manager or 515-412-7130

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