University of Northern Iowa - Green Iowa AmeriCorps

Green Iowa AmeriCorps Environmental Summer Steward



Green Iowa AmeriCorps operates through the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education (UNI CEEE) in Cedar Falls. The program is looking to recruit passionate and motivated individuals for a 3-month service experience in one of our service locations throughout Iowa. As a member of our new and existing programs sites, you will have the opportunity to create plans in conjunction with city officials, nonprofit leaders and school districts, and execute projects that will greatly impact the communities we serve. The leadership and empowerment experienced as part of our program will be like no other!

Our program hopes to train the next generation of ‘green-collar’ workers through a combination of service work, presentations, and hands-on learning. Members have the opportunity to build leadership abilities throughout the summer, which will allow each member to contribute their own unique skills to the program. Members have access to free trainings, hands-on skill development, and extensive community engagement.

Our mission is empowering Iowa's communities and school districts to make more environmental, conservation-minded decisions and improvements through direct service work, environmental education, professional development opportunities, and volunteer engagement. Green Iowa AmeriCorps consists of three branches: Energy & Community, Sustainable Schools and Land & Water Stewards. Each branch of our program will provide AmeriCorps members with the unique opportunity to enhance their professional development goals, cultivate community-wide relationships, and work toward making Iowa a more sustainable, eco-nomic state.

● Energy & Community- members serve in a team-based setting providing residential energy efficiency services to underserved populations, conducting environmental education, and engaging in community service projects.
● Sustainable Schools-members serve in Iowa school districts, colleges and solid waste agencies as sustainability coordinators to reduce energy and waste, support teachers and students in environment education efforts, and create project-based learning opportunities.
● Land & Water Stewards-members create environmental education and community programming related to healthy water and land stewardship in conjunction with many local and state partners.

Terms: 13 week/3-month commitment; Position based on completion of 300 hours of service in a part-time work schedule (around 27-30 hours/week); flexible vacation and sick leave. Outside employment available during the off hours, school attendance available during off hours

Start/End Dates: Monday, May 17 - Friday, August 13 OR Monday, June 1 - Friday, August 31

Living Allowance: 300 hour term: $2,750.00 TOTAL (~$916.66/month) distributed monthly by UNI
Segal Education Award: 300 hour term: $1,311.11. Education Awards are contingent upon successful completion of the program.



  • Site Specific Member Service Activities:
  • Recruit and manage volunteers as part of environmental outreach events/National Days of Service/host site initiatives. Volunteers recruited and/or supported by AmeriCorps members will not participate in prohibited activities as outline in the approved grant.
  • Complete 1 Independent Project
  • Participate in, plan, and execute environmental education events 1-2 days a week over the course of the service term, in person and online.
  • Participate in both one time and ongoing training related to their service activities and professional development. Examples include but are not limited to communication, inclusion, equity, creating lesson plans, online content creation, track specific trainings, and volunteer management.
  • Participate in program required monthly calls and weekly meetings with their host site.
  • Complete environmentally focused direct service projects including but not limited to gardening, tree planting, waste reduction, river and highway clean ups, construction, and invasive species removal.
  • Participate in disaster response efforts as needed and available as part of the Iowa Disaster Cadre`. Disaster efforts will include alternative service activities related to COVID-19. Examples include delivering meals, serving at food banks, sewing masks, and other community identified needs.


  • Program Benefits:
  • Monthly living stipend from UNI; Segal Education Award upon successful completion; Federal Loan Deferment; Trainings and Certifications; Individualized Professional Development opportunities; Leadership experience; Public Service Loan Forgiveness Qualification; Interest Accrual Repayment


  • Qualifications:
  • At minimum members must be high school graduates, GED recipients, working on attaining a high school diploma or GED during their term of service
  • Be 17 years or older (no upper age limit)
  • Pass a national service criminal history check
  • Hold one of the following citizenship statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident
  • Have a valid driver’s license and/or government-issued photo ID

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