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Did you know that you can be a Hero for Minnesota Waterways every day!? Check out some of these opportunities to explore training, internships, and career options right here in Minnesota!

Mississippi River Green Team

Mississippi River Green Team
Mississippi River Green Team
The Mississippi River Green Team is a two-year employment and conservation program for Minneapolis youth between the ages of 14 and 16. The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board created the Green Team as an opportunity for youth to have a mentored job experience, learn about environmental careers and acquire new skills. Typical daily activities include working to prevent water pollution, removing invasive species, building rain gardens, and planting trees and prairie plants. Youth have the chance to participate in the Green Team for two years, and after, they are a part of a supportive network that works with them to help secure jobs to expand their skills and get them ready for the future.
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Mississippi River Green Team

Teen Teamworks

Teen Teamworks
Teen Teamworks helps teens ages 14-18 acquire relevant job skills and perspective through hands-on Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board project work and training. Youth receive supervised on-the-job training, work-readiness sessions, educational services, and earn a bi-weekly paycheck. Helping young teens gain appreciation for the connection between academic, social, judgment and job skills is an ongoing focus for Teen Teamworks. Possible positions include garden crew, youth summer camp leadership, park maintenance, and computer lab intern.
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Teen Teamworks

Right Track

RightTrack
Right Track offers summer employment opportunities for Saint Paul youth ages 14 to 24 who are from a low-income household or have a barrier to employment. Right Track provides over 600 Saint Paul youth with summer jobs and internships, some of which include recreation and community center positions, and paid internships in business, management, and finance. You must live in Saint Paul to qualify for the Right Track program.
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Right Track

Step Up

StepUp

Step Up connects Minneapolis youth ages 14-21 with internships at nearly 200 companies, public agencies and nonprofit organizations across 17 industries. Step Up empowers young people to create bright futures through professional skills training, on-the-job experience and connections with adult mentors who can help them achieve their career goals.

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Step Up

Urban Roots

UrbanRoots

Urban Roots is a Saint Paul organization whose mission is to cultivate and empower youth through nature, healthy food, and community. Urban Roots offers youth ages 14-21 from Saint Paul’s East Side paid internships in our three program areas: Market Garden, Conservation and Cook Fresh. Our progressive program model engages youth in career exploration, entrepreneurial ventures, 21st Century job skills, self-discovery and more!

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Urban Roots

Urban Boatbuilders

UrbanBoatbuilders
The Urban Boatbuilders apprenticeship program is a paid job training opportunity in which Twin Cities youth develop skills in technical woodworking, social and emotional learning, career-readiness, and a connection to local waterways. The program hires youth who qualify as low-income and/or have employment barriers and they have the option to participate from 3 - 12 months. Pay starts at $9.65/hour with opportunities to receive a raise.
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Urban Boatbuilders

Outdoor Career Academy

OCA
The Outdoor Career Academy (OCA) is a credentialing and skill-building program that engages youth to build lifelong connections to the outdoors and a pathway to employment in the outdoor and environment industry. The training includes small group workshops, hands-on experiences, and exposure to jobs in the outdoor industry, as well as ongoing career coaching and mentoring to support youth throughout the year.
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Outdoor Career Academy

Student Conservation Association

SCA
Join a Student Conservation Association crew and plug yourself into SCA’s nationwide network of young conservationists – thousands of students who are as passionate as you are about preserving wildlands, protecting nature in urban areas, and keeping the planet green. SCA offers a range of programs for youth ages 15-19. Whether you want to serve in your local community or explore public lands across the country, SCA has a crew for you!
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Student Conservation Association

National Park Service River Fellows

NPS
Each summer, Mississippi Park Connection funds internships to work with National Park Service rangers and serve as river educators for the Mississippi River Canoemobile program. The Fellows are trained on canoe safety and paddling skills, and river ecology and history and then become program leaders. The Fellows are also given professional development opportunities, which includes learning about the National Park Service and other partner agencies and organizations that may offer opportunities for future employment.
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National Park Service River Fellows

Minnesota GreenCorps

MNGC
The 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.
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Minnesota GreenCorps