2021 Summer of Service Corpsmember (Denver)


Mile High Youth Corps


Denver, CO


Join us for our 2021 Summer of Service (SOS) program! SOS is a team-based, 12 or 14 week-long program for individuals between the ages 18-24. SOS participants (called Corpsmembers) serve on environmental stewardship projects on public lands throughout the Denver metro area. Corpsmembers will be enrolled in AmeriCorps—a national community service program. This means, get paid biweekly while doing what you love and earn a scholarship at the same time! What We Do Every Day: Serve on projects that have a positive, lasting impact on the environment throughout 23 Colorado counties (transportation is provided) Form affinity crews to bring underrepresented identities to the forefront of Natural Resources careers. These crews include a Black, Indigenous, People Of Color Affinity Crew and a Gender Spectrum Affinity Crew. Form close-knit crews of 9 young adults (18 – 24 years old) who share a passion for service. Participate in four hours per week of educational activities on environmental stewardship, civic engagement, healthy living, leadership & career development, and social justice. Summary of Compensation and Benefits: Biweekly Stipend - Earn a living stipend of $840.00 before taxes paid every 2 weeks. Total program stipend is $5,040 for 12-week program or $5,880 for 14-week program. Leadership Opportunities available: Corpsmember Drivers are eligible for a living stipend of $860.00. Returning Corpsmembers earn $880.00. Corpsmembers in Assistant Crew Leader roles earn $920.00. More information available on request. AmeriCorps Education Award - Earn a scholarship of $1,638.89 upon successful completion of the term (450 hours of service). This award can be used to pay tuition, pay back qualifying student loans or go on an expedition through a wilderness school! Corpsmembers have 7 years to use the award. Student Loan Forbearance - Corpsmembers can apply to put their qualified federal student loans on hold during their term through the National Service Trust. Health Insurance - Corpsmembers are eligible for health insurance the 1st of the month after serving at MHYC for 60 days. Corpsmember contribution required. Counseling - Corpsmembers receive up to 5 free mental health counseling sessions per year. Networking - Corpsmembers have daily opportunities to network with federal, state and local natural resources professionals and access to a vast alumni network! Schedule: This is a temporary position from May 10–August 13, 2021 or May 24-August 13, 2021. 450 hours of service in a 12 or 14 week commitment. Some positions involve overnight camping (known as hitches). 40 hour weeks: Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. or 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. All Corpsmembers are additionally required to serve: Friday, June 4 from 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. or 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. due to holiday observed on Memorial Day (May 31) Friday, June 25, July 16 and August 13 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for in-house programming, including career readiness training, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training and Community Meetings. Qualifications: Between the ages of 18-24. High school or GED/HSE graduate or still enrolled. Must be eligible for enrollment in AmeriCorps as a US Citizen, National or Lawful Permanent Resident. Documentation will be required on the first day. Must bring identification documents necessary to complete the I-9 and other forms on your first day. Must be physically fit, able to lift 50 lbs., spend 8-10 hours a day in all weather conditions (e.g., sun, heat, wind, rain, etc.) and hike 7 miles with a day-pack. Able to be on time and maintain consistent attendance throughout term of service. Must commit to complete the program. Corpmembers have the choice to serve on a variety of technical crews. MHYC staff will work with you to find the best match! Sawyer Crew:  Corpsmembers operate chainsaws on invasive tree removal and wildland fire mitigation projects. They receive First-Aid/CPR and S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws certifications. Some sawyers will have the opportunity to receive pesticide application training. The use of pesticide is common on invasive tree removal projects. Hand Crew:  Corpsmembers receive training in safe and efficient use of hand tools to complete a wide variety of projects. Examples include: trail maintenance and construction, noxious weed removal, pesticide application and other park development projects. Sheridan Crew:  Corpsmembers serve on a hand crew primarily in the City of Sheridan and surrounding communities. Sheridan projects are funded through Great Outdoors Colorado’s Generation Wild - an investment in places, programs and pathways that get kids and their families outside. Residents of Sheridan and surrounding communities are encouraged to apply. Corpmembers can also choose to serve on an Affinity Crew. Affinity Crews will be assigned to sawyer, hand or pesticide projects! Gender Spectrum Affinity Crew:  Inclusivity is a core value at MHYC, and the Gender Spectrum Affinity Crew embodies this value by creating opportunities for cis women, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals to learn new skills in a safe and supportive environment and reduce historical barriers that have prevented natural resources from being an inclusive field. This crew will be serving as either a Hand or a Sawyer Crew. Black, Indigenous and People of Color Affinity Crew: MHYC is committed to dismantling the barriers of systemic racism that exist in outdoor spaces and honoring the diverse lived perspectives of individuals from Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian and other multi-cultural communities. The BIPOC affinity crew embodies this commitment and strives to reduce historical barriers that have prevented natural resources from being an ethnically and racially diverse field. This crew will be serving as either a Hand or a Sawyer Crew.   Mile High Youth Corps is committed to diversity in principle and practice, both in the community at large and within the organization.  We are, therefore, committed to having our internal operations and employment practices administered on a non-discriminating basis inclusive of, but not limited to, race, religion, color, socio-economic status, gender, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, physical or mental disability, marital status, or national origin. Every effort shall be made to grant reasonable accommodation for qualified people with disabilities to participate in this AmeriCorps program. MHYC is committed to hiring candidates with unique backgrounds and perspectives. If you are interested in this position but are concerned that you do not meet all of the requirements or possess all of the necessary skills, or that prior convictions or your background might disqualify you, we highly encourage you to submit an application anyway.