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Posted: 03/15/2016

Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps

Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps' mission is to develop lifelong workforce skills by connecting young people to the earth, cultures and traditions through historic preservation work and outdoor service. Building on the tradition of non-military service initiated in the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps will hire young adults working in crews to do hands-on historic preservation work throughout the state. Northern Bedrock is partnering with the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) to combine the need to preserve properties of historic significance with Northern Bedrock’s mission to provide meaningful employment and social development for young adults in Minnesota.

Crew Leader - Historic Preservation
Professional Opportunity
Duluth, MN
$14.00/hr - position is temporary full-t

Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps' mission is to develop lifelong workforce skills by connecting young people to the earth, cultures and traditions through historic preservation work and outdoor service.


Crews of one leader and four Corpsmembers (ages 18-25) will participate in on-the-job training to learn trade skills focused on historic preservation and put those skills into practice working on a variety of projects throughout Minnesota. This position involves physically challenging, team-oriented work, performed exclusively outdoors. All projects involve extended camping near the work project site. Applicants must be flexible to work 8 days in a row and then have 6 days off from mid-May to mid-October. Food, campsites and group camping gear are provided while working on projects. Crew is provided a corps vehicle to travel from Duluth to work location.



Crew Leader will be responsible for supervising, training, developing, maintaining positive morale and standards for crew behavior with four Corpsmembers on and off the job. The Crew Leader is responsible for the crews overall work performance and safety during the duration of each project. Crew Leader works directly with Corpsmembers to complete all projects.


Crew Leader will receive training and complete historic preservation projects. Work includes a variety of projects including, but not limited to; restoring historic buildings, cemetery monument resetting and cleaning and historic landscape restoration. Crews will camp at or near worksite for the duration of each project.



·         Ability to independently lead a crew of four Corpsmembers to work safely and productively on historic preservation projects.

·         Ability to live and work well with others in a team setting, while maintaining a positive attitude.

·         Strong desire to serve the community.  

·         Openness to learning and receiving feedback.

·         Effective communications skills, both verbal and written.

·         Previous conservation corps experience preferred.

·         Experience/education the following areas preferred: history, historic preservation trades, carpentry, knowledge of hand and power tool safety preferred.

NOTE: NBHPC is an equal opportunity employer and offers all persons the benefit of participation in its programs and employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, and/or any other legally-protected factors.


·         Ability to perform the essential functions of the job 10 hours per day:

o    Strenuous manual labor - heavy lifting, bending, and carrying up to 50 pounds

o    Repetitive cleaning and restoring of historic structures and objects

o    Attention to detail and willing to follow standards for historic preservation

o    Walking/working on steep or uneven terrain

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How to apply
Due April 22, 2016, please submit cover letter, resume, two professional references and your responses to the six essay questions below. Email application materials to pete@northernbedrockcorps.org. Essay Questions: 1. Please describe your past experience in a leadership role? 2. Northern Bedrock is a training and service program. As a crew leader, why do you feel it is valuable to be a part of this program? 3. Working for Northern Bedrock is not a typical “job,” and often involves many physical and emotional challenges. Explain why you personally want to take on this challenge. 4. Northern Bedrock crews are made up of diverse people working together as a team to complete projects. Please describe your experience working on a team; what you learned, how you contributed to the team, and discuss things you would have done differently. 5. Tell us about your experience and/or interest in preserving/restoring historic structures/buildings/landscapes? 6. Tell us about your experience and/or interest in construction, carpentry and/or masonry?
Pete Bonk
Phone: 612-408-8809
Duluth, MN 55804

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