Conservation Corps Minnesota has summer work program

High school youth may apply until April 20 for one of 130 
positions available with the Conservation Corps Minnesota summer 
conservation work program.

“Participants can expect to work hard on projects such as trail 
construction, erosion control, bridge and boardwalk building, and
invasive exotic plant removal,” said Eric Antonson, youth programs
director for Conservation Corps Minnesota.
Youth ages 15-18 will be based for four weeks at a residential program 
site in central Minnesota. They will travel in crews led by staff 
members to various state and federal lands to camp out and work on 
conservation projects. The majority of projects occur in conjunction 
with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The outdoor residential nature of the Summer Youth Corps provides a 
unique opportunity for youth to develop and strengthen leadership 
skills, work ethic, camping skills, and an understanding and 
appreciation for the natural environment, Antonson said.

Weekend activities include canoe trips, wilderness hikes and high-
adventure challenges.
The first four-week session runs June 16 through July 14. The second 
session runs July 21 through Aug. 17. Participants earn a stipend of 
$185 per week, with room and board provided.

Applicants should enjoy working and living in a rustic outdoor 
environment. The Summer Youth Corps, which hires an equal number of 
males and females, encourages minority youth to apply. Up to 20 deaf 
and hard-of-hearing youth, who will work with deaf staff and trained 
sign language interpreters, will also be hired.

To apply, contact Nina Eagin at or 
call 651-209-9900.