Monarch Joint Venture Habitat Program Corps Member Belle Plaine, MN · Full time

As part of the Monarch Joint Venture’s Habitat Team, the WLCC Habitat Program Corps Member role offers an opportunity to meaningfully engage with private lands conservation initiatives and gain practical experience in monarch habitat restoration and climate-smart agriculture practices.

Description

Position Title: Habitat Program Corps Member

Program: Working Lands Climate Corps

Host Organization: Monarch Joint Venture

Service Location(s): Belle Plaine, MN - MJV’s Prairie Oaks Campus (preferred); work may also take place from MJV’s St. Paul, MN office as space allows; field and remote work as needed.

Term of Service: Full Time (1,700 hours). Additional program hours may be required.

Anticipated Start Date: June 1, 2024

Member Benefits:

  • A living allowance of $34,000.00 distributed over the course of the term of service. 
  • Healthcare coverage.
  • Childcare coverage if the member qualifies.
  • Student loan forbearance and interest payments if the member qualifies.
  • Upon successful completion, the member will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,895.00.


Purpose:

The Corps Network, the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps, is pleased to partner with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)/United States Department of Agriculture, AmeriCorps, and the National Association of Conservation Districts to implement the Working Lands Climate Corps (WLCC). A program of the American Climate Corps, the WLCC will engage at least 100  young adults in technical skills and climate work across the country.


The WLCC members will provide outreach and education around climate-smart agriculture assistance to farmers, ranchers, and communities. WLCC host organizations will work with state and county-level NRCS staff to facilitate conservation and climate resilience projects, track WLCC member activities, and train members for careers in Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry.


Description of Duties:

As part of the Monarch Joint Venture’s Habitat Team, the WLCC Habitat Program Corps Member role offers an opportunity to meaningfully engage with private lands conservation initiatives and gain practical experience in monarch habitat restoration and climate-smart agriculture practices. As an intern, you'll gain hands-on experience with conservation project planning, conducting on-farm assessments, collaborating with a diversity of stakeholders, and assisting in project management. Your duties will include in-field habitat assessments, supporting workshops and other outreach events, gathering and analyzing data, creating informational resources, and providing conservation technical assistance. This role will actively promote climate-smart agriculture for monarch butterfly conservation, making a tangible, positive impact on both agricultural sustainability and biodiversity. Occasional overnight travel will be required to attend training, meetings, and other relevant professional development events.


Learning Priorities:

  • Conservation Planning: Learn the conservation planning process.
  • Practical Application of Conservation Principles: Gain hands-on experience applying conservation practices and habitat restoration techniques.
  • On-Farm Assessment Skills: Learn to conduct on-farm assessments to evaluate current agricultural practices and identify opportunities for implementing additional conservation measures.
  • Data Collection and Analysis: Acquire data collection and analysis skills for the evaluation of various environmental outcomes of monarch habitat projects. 
  • Technology Adoption and Training: Receive training on MJV’s drone-based aerial imaging habitat monitoring platform and precision agriculture-based habitat-decision support tools.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Develop/enhance effective communication and interpersonal skills to engage with diverse stakeholders, including farmers, landowners, conservation organizations, and government agencies.
  • Project Management: Gain experience in project management, including planning, implementation, evaluation, and long-term management of conservation projects.
  • Professional Development: Opportunities for professional growth and development through training, mentorship, and networking, to prepare for a future career in conservation and natural resource management.


Job Duties:

  • Conduct on-farm assessments with MJV staff to evaluate current agricultural practices, identify opportunities to integrate new climate-smart practices, and make appropriate conservation program recommendations.
  • Support MJV and partner conservation staff in coordinating workshops, field days, and training sessions aimed at promoting the adoption of climate-smart practices among landowners.
  • Assist MJV and partners with gathering and analyzing data about the environmental and economic impacts of climate-smart agriculture interventions, including changes in soil health, water quality, crop yields, and biodiversity.
  • Work with MJV staff to develop Spanish language informational resources for climate-smart agriculture and habitat practices. 
  • Provide support for MJV’s Habitat Help Desk, offering technical assistance to landowners seeking guidance on implementing climate-smart agriculture practices conducive to monarch butterfly conservation on their working lands.
  • Collaborate with MJV staff to develop educational materials such as brochures, fact sheets, videos, and presentations, effectively communicating the benefits of climate-smart agriculture to farmers and other interested stakeholders.
  • Actively participate in regular meetings with MJV team members and partners, facilitating the exchange of updates, ideas, and strategies aimed at advancing monarch habitat conservation through promotion of sustainable agriculture practices.


Preferred Skills:

Note: You are not required to have these skills to be successful in this position. We encourage anyone interested in this position, regardless of background or experience, to apply.

  • Spanish language proficiency 
  • Experience working outdoors
  • Some familiarity with vegetation identification, particularly awareness of Minnesota’s native species
  • Familiarity with habitat needs of monarchs and other pollinators
  • Awareness of modern farming practices and systems in the Midwest


Required Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational and communication skills, including excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Ability to work outdoors, potentially for extended periods in variable weather conditions
  • Ability to take direction and work independently
  • Ability to work well in team environments, as well as independently
  • Willingness to travel overnight on occasion as needed; primarily within Minnesota 
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Sitting: Ability to sit for extended periods while performing computer tasks.
  • Manual Dexterity: Proficient use of hands and fingers for typing and writing.
  • Focus and Concentration: Ability to concentrate on detailed tasks and maintain focus.
  • Sensory Abilities: Ability to use sensory abilities to perceive and analyze information from computer screens, written documents, and/or verbal communication.
  • Working toward completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management, Environmental Science, Ecology, Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, or a closely related natural resources, plant science, or agricultural major, or 3 years of work experience in a related field.

Eligibility:

An AmeriCorps participant must— 


  1. Be at least 17 years of age at the commencement of service; or 
  2. Be an out-of-school youth 16 years of age at the commencement of service participating in a program described in § 2522.110(b)(3) or (g); 

  3. Have a high school diploma or its equivalent; or 
  4. Not have dropped out of elementary or secondary school to enroll as an AmeriCorps participant and must agree to obtain a high school diploma or its equivalent prior to using the education award; or 
  5. Obtain a waiver from the Corporation of the requirements in paragraphs (a)(2)(i) and (a)(2)(ii) of this section based on an independent evaluation secured by the program demonstrating that the individual is not capable of obtaining a high school diploma or its equivalent; or 
  6. Be enrolled in an institution of higher education on an ability to benefit basis and be considered eligible for funds under section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1091); 
  7. Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States; 
  8. Satisfy the National Service Criminal History Check eligibility criteria pursuant to 45 CFR 2540.202.


Other Requirements:

All prospective members must agree to provide information required to determine eligibility and complete a complete National Service Criminal History Check.



Salary

$34,000 - $34,000 per year