Applicants sought for summer work in Mower County
This summer, one young adult will get the chance to work outdoors in farm fields and local waterways while assisting Mower Soil & Water Conservation District with projects.
Conservation Corps Minnesota is accepting applications through Feb. 28 for the Mower SWCD apprentice position and similar apprenticeships at 29 other Soil & Water Conservation Districts in Minnesota. Applications can be completed online at www.conservationcorps.org/apply.
“Our apprentice will be a huge help this summer, staying busy assisting our staff with the seeding program, spot checks on easement sites, water monitoring and soil health work,” Mower SWCD Manager Justin Hanson said.
Austin-based Mower SWCD will have its apprentice apply conservation practices, such as surveying and staking; GPS recording of boundaries; seeding; and delivering and setting up a seed drill. The person will review and record observations at easement sites; input data in a district program; organize Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) folders; provide oversight on construction projects; and assist staff with land surveys.
Mower SWCD has a longstanding partnership with Conservation Corps, including Corps members pulling out hundreds of tires from the Cedar River; clearing river hazards for canoes; and removing the invasive buckthorn plant.
Conservation Corps hires all apprentices. Mower SWCD and other participating SWCDs just need to provide a workstation and share their work experience in a learning environment. Other area apprentice communities will include Preston, Caledonia, Lewiston, Fairmont and Faribault. Applicants can designate which locations they are willing to work at this summer; the more sites selected, the better their chances of being hired.
Apprentices, who must be age 18-25, will serve from May 16 to Aug. 12 as AmeriCorps members while gaining technical and professional experience through learning hands-on skills in managing soil and water resources alongside SWCD natural resource staffers. Typical schedules run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in office and outdoor settings, with some evening and weekend hours possible.
Apprentices receive a monthly living stipend of $1,255 and, upon successful completion of the summer term, a $1,515 education award.