Minnesota Conservation Apprentice Academy

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
Board of Water and Soil Resources
Recipient Type
State Government
Start Date
July 2013
End Date
June 2015
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013, Chp. 52, Sec. 2, Subd. 07a
Appropriation Language

$186,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Water and Soil Resources in cooperation with the Conservation Corps Minnesota to continue a program to train and mentor future conservation professionals by providing apprenticeship service opportunities with soil and water conservation districts.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
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Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
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Description of Funds
Project Overview

Many of the most experienced conservation practitioners at local soil and water conservation districts throughout the state are nearing retirement, and with their departure will go much of their practical, on-the-ground knowledge, experience, and skills. Meanwhile, college students seeking to be the next generation of conservation practitioners have knowledge of emerging technologies and other innovations that can improve and contribute to current conservation efforts. Through this appropriation the Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources will work with the Minnesota Conservation Corps to continue a program that places students in apprenticeship positions with county soil and water conservation district offices throughout the state. This unique program provides an opportunity for interns to gain valuable in-the-field experience from current practitioners while sharing their knowledge with those practitioners about the newest ideas and solutions for meeting today's natural resource challenges.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Board of Water and Soil Resources
Street Address
520 Lafayette Rd
St. Paul
Zip Code
(507) 381-3131