Minnesota GreenCorps

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Logo: Minnesota GreenCorpsMPCA is seeking 44 full-time AmeriCorps members! Application deadline June 17, 2019.

Members serve with local governments, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions statewide. Members serve 40 hours a week for 11 months, September 2019 through August 2020. 

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2. Apply online. Complete the online application, upload a resume, and submit by the application deadline.

Questions about the Minnesota GreenCorps program or positions? Contact mngreencorps.pca@state.mn.us.

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Logo: Minnesota GreenCorpsThe Minnesota GreenCorps program is a statewide initiative, coordinated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, to preserve and protect Minnesota’s environment while training a new generation of environmental professionals.

The program places AmeriCorps members with host organizations around the state to assist communities and local governments in addressing a variety of statewide needs, aiming to:

  • Reduce solid waste and increase recycling in Minnesota communities.
  • Reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) and other air pollutants.
  • Reduce water runoff and improve water quality.
  • Assist community members to take eco-friendly actions.
  • Increase community resilience and build local capacity to respond to the threats of climate change.
  • Train new environmental professionals.

Minnesota GreenCorps members for the 2018-2019 service yearMinnesota GreenCorps is an AmeriCorps program. Funding is provided through a grant from ServeMinnesota and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Members serve at their host sites for 11 months, from mid-September through mid-August. More than 240 GreenCorps members have served at over 130 organizations across Minnesota. Former and current host site organizations include cities, counties, public schools, universities, watershed districts, and non-profit organizations.

Since the program’s launch in 2009, Minnesota GreenCorps members have engaged and educated nearly 200,000 volunteers in communities around the state through service projects, including assistance with environmental fairs, multi-modal transportation events, energy benchmarking, waste sorts, tree inventory/citizen foresters, invasive species removal, tree planting, and building rain gardens. Many of these projects help to increase resilience of Minnesota communities to the impacts of climate change, such as increasing heat and heavy precipitation.

For more information

For more information, please email: mngreencorps.pca@state.mn.us

Logo: Minnesota GreenCorpsCurrently there are 42 Minnesota GreenCorps members serving at host sites around the state.

PDF icon Project summaries: Program Year 2018-2019 (p-mgc1-10)

2018: Member - Trisha Sharma

2018 Minnesota GreenCorps member Trisha SharmaAbout me. I recently graduated from the University of Minnesota, and am hoping to go on to law school after my service term. I am interested in sustainable agriculture policy and hope to move my career in that direction in the future. Outside of my academic/professional life, I enjoy spending time with animals, photography and being outside. 

About my service. My service with The Food Group is a mix of working from their office in New Hope with the produce programs team, and working in Marine on St. Croix with Big River Farms and their Farmer Education Program. The work will vary depending on the season, but in the fall, I’ve gotten to do gleaning trips where I join the produce programs team on trips to farms and orchards in the area to collect produce that would otherwise be unharvested and add it to the food bank for distribution to food shelves. I have also been helping the Big River Farms staff get ready for the upcoming Farmer Education Program season, and helping make farm operations more environmentally friendly by working on recycling agricultural plastics and figuring out a composting system for the office.

Why I serve. This service position is a wonderful experience for me because I get to be involved in the food system at every stage, from production to distribution to food waste management. This perspective will be valuable and relevant in the work that I hope to go into. I feel very fortunate to be able to serve in a context that is so rooted in social equity and environmental stewardship and to be able to learn so much from it. 

My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. I am also so grateful that my MN GreenCorps service has allowed me to stay in Minnesota for another year because I truly love being here. My favorite places to spend time here are either wherever my dog is, or around the chain of lakes area in Minneapolis! 



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