Minnesota GreenCorps is an environmentally focused AmeriCorps program coordinated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The program places members with organizations throughout the state to spend a year of service addressing critical environmental issues while gaining experience and learning valuable job skills.

Local governments and organizations may apply for Minnesota GreenCorps members to serve on projects in the topic areas of Air Pollutant Reduction, Community Readiness & Outreach, Waste Reduction, Recycling, & Organics Management, or Green Infrastructure Improvements.

Members serving in Green Infrastructure Improvements may focus on stormwater activities such as:

  • Inventorying and assessing existing stormwater best management practices.
  • Providing outreach and education about the benefits of stormwater best practices and pollution prevention.
  • Implementing green infrastructure practices, such as rain gardens, permeable pavement, green roofs, etc.
  • Quantifying the benefits of green infrastructure practices.
  • Mobilizing volunteers to improve public land by maintaining rain gardens, planting native plants, etc.
  • Identifying chloride sources and management strategies and providing guidance on proper salt application.
  • Conducting surveys of participants in training events and workshops on commitments to change behavior.

Eligible host site organizations include public entities (local, regional, state, tribal), 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations, school districts, and not-for-profit institutions of higher education.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency plans to place 48 full-time members with host sites. Members serve approximately 40 hours a week from September 2021 – August 2022.

Applications from eligible organizations interested in hosting Minnesota GreenCorps members are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16. For more information and to apply, visit the Minnesota GreenCorps website. Please direct questions to mngreencorps.pca@state.mn.us.