Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa Employee Reviews

See reviews about:
Showing all 5 reviews
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Not for the casual naturalist
Crew member (Current Employee) –  Mankato, MNAugust 6, 2017
This can be a fun job and will keep you on your toes. The jobs you do vary by location and time of year. Sometimes work will be changed at the last minute, usually due to weather. Week (or more) long camping trips while working local parks is likely. How often you camp will vary by crew and season. These can be fun if you like your crew, but there is no camper, it's tenting. This isn't a job for germophobes, anyone who isn't reasonably physically fit, or anyone who can't live without electricity/internet access. There are times when your phone may die because there is simply nowhere to charge it. You will go to the bathroom in the woods on a regular basis, guaranteed. However, despite the job title basically being "invasive plant killer," it's rewarding to see a prairie in the process of restoration, a rare flower, an unexpected animal encounter, or a crew come together as unlikely friends. You will have miserable days, but somehow it will often be kinda fun anyway. Plus, the promise of an education bonus towards student loans at the end is a nice little motivation!
Pros
Food provided during travel, trips, variety of work and work locations, active job, fun crew dynamics, education bonus towards student loans or classes
Cons
Low pay, sometimes schedule may be unpredictable, bugs, weather exposure, sometimes limited creature comforts
Was this review helpful?Yes 1NoReport
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Great learning environment, volunteer pay
Crew Leader (Former Employee) –  Brainerd, MN 56401March 1, 2017
Great place to gain skills in conservation but you're only a volunteer. Upper management is a joke since they know you are only on term contracts. They will tell you one thing and do another. They care more about where the money is coming from than the crews. Use them for the training and move on. Crew life can be tough but is a lot of fun. People from all walks of life will help you grow as a person. If you love the outdoors this is the job for you. If you don't like bitting insects and all weather conditions, then this isnt for you.
Was this review helpful?Yes 2No 1Report
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Fun,Refreshing Work Place
Field Crew Member (Current Employee) –  Ely, MNDecember 23, 2014
I love my time with the Corps. I did not get paid much but the personal development and connections made in my time with the organization was amazing!
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
I was trained in the following areas:
Field Crew Member (Current Employee) –  Brainerd, MNAugust 26, 2013
Responsibilities and certifications:
• Chain saw training
• CPR Certified
• Minnesota DNR ATV Safety Certificate
• Red card certification
• Herbicide application on invasive species
• GPS mapping of invasive species
• Shoreline restoration
• Fencing
Was this review helpful?Yes 1NoReport
Claim this company page

Want to know more about working here?

Ask a question about working or interviewing at Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa. Our community is ready to answer.

Ask a Question

Overall rating

4.2
Based on 5 reviews
5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Ratings by category

Work/Life Balance
3.5
Compensation/Benefits
2.8
Job Security/Advancement
2.5
Management
3.8
Culture
5.0

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa Reviews by Job Title

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa Reviews by Location