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Program information

Minnesota GreenCorps members serve full-time at environmental nonprofits, government agencies, tribal nations, public schools, and educational institutions from mid-September through mid-August each year. Members build organizational and community capacity and build climate resiliency by supporting environmental projects aligned with one of four topic areas: community readiness and outreach, energy conservation and green transportation, stormwater and forestry, or waste reduction and recycling. 

Member overview

Members engage in quarterly training, pair with a professional mentor, and receive a training budget to attend workshops, conferences, and networking events and earn certifications. This training helps members develop green job skills, gain professional experience, and prepares them to complete environmentally focused initiatives at their host site such as delivering environmental education, implementing sustainability projects, improving habitat, launching recycling programs, collaborating with community members, mobilizing volunteers, and collecting, benchmarking, and analyzing data.

Members earn a living allowance disbursed every two weeks in payments of $1,150 (pre-tax), health insurance with premium paid, free mental health services with counseling, student loan forbearance on eligible loans, and an education award of $7,395 for education expenses or qualified student loans. 

Become a member

The MPCA is not currently accepting member applications. We anticipate accepting applications from May through mid-June each year, with the program starting in mid-September. Sign up to be notified about unfilled positions and when the next application period opens.

58 sites statewide in 2024-2025

  • Northeast: Cloquet, Duluth
  • Northwest: Bemidji, Cass Lake, Crookston, Crosslake, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls
  • North Central: Little Falls
  • Metro: Apple Valley, Belle Plaine, Chaska, Coon Rapids, East Bethel, Eden Prairie, Edina, Falcon Heights, Forest Lake, Golden Valley, Little Canada, Maplewood, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Mound, Oakdale, St. Louis Park, St. Paul, St. Paul Park
  • Southeast: Faribault, La Crescent, Northfield, Rochester, Winona
  • Southwest: Mankato, St. James 
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The most important way that GreenCorps prepared me for my future was through the real-world experience of working in a field I was interested in. The parts of having a job that aren’t taught in school were filled in by my GreenCorps service – an invaluable teaching moment.”
— Emily Johnson, Hennepin County Energy and Environment

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