Position Summary

Recovery Corps members serve one year making a difference in the lives of individuals who are in recovery from substance use disorders. As a Recovery Navigator, you will help program participants one-on- one and in group settings set goals, overcome barriers to goal success, increase their skills, find gainful employment, service, or training opportunities related to their goals, and ultimately maintain progress in their recovery from substance use disorders.

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Essential Functions

  • Support participant in ongoing implementation of individualized service, education, and/or career plan. Create an action plan that will include clear education, employment, and/or service outcomes, while identifying barriers and their solutions.

  • Track progress of plan and supports while facilitating advancement and goal progression.

  • Link support services, education/training/service providers, career and industry information, and experiential opportunities.

  • Conduct cohort workshops in group settings regularly to support participants in reaching their goals.

  • Recruit volunteers and coordinate volunteer opportunities to support participants in their recovery activities. Support program participants in finding volunteer opportunities and connecting the experience to identified goals.

  • Provide support in one-to-one settings as needed for success.

  • Work collaboratively with “service team” members, such as counselors, education providers, service programs, social services, community representatives, and employers.

  • Attend required Recovery, Leadership, and Career Development Facilitator training and other professional development activities throughout the year.

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Marginal Functions

  • Attend service site-sponsored activities to represent Recovery Corps and conduct outreach to promote access to Recovery Corps services.

  • Research prospective employers and/or service opportunities and identify the potential for matching them with program participants.

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Overall Position Requirements and Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years of age, a US citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien, and a high school graduate (or equivalent).

  • Willingness to commit to a full term of service (1700 hours, 8 hours/day, 40 hours/week for full-time members). Hours must be completed within 11 months of start date.

  • Direct or indirect experience with substance use disorders and strong connection to and understanding of the recovery process.

  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Ability to build strong, trusting relationships with clients in both 1-1 and group settings.

  • Experience in facilitating groups preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience with intermediate computer skills (word processing, internet, data entry, e-mail, comfort with database and software use, etc.).

  • Desire to affect systems change regarding the opioid epidemic and substance use disorders at the ground level; ability to connect the small details to the bigger picture.

  • Ability to work effectively with people of different cultures and backgrounds.

  • Access to regular, reliable transportation.

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Compensation and Benefits


Members receive robust professional development opportunities throughout the year, including recovery training, career development training, motivational interviewing training and leadership training.

AmeriCorps members have a 20% better chance of full employment after their service than other applicants and there are hundreds of companies that give preference to resumes that list AmeriCorps service.



Members receive a living allowance. The living allowance is approximately $600 to be paid bi-weekly for full time service. Applicants must take a careful look at their financial situation to determine if they can afford to commit to serve with Recovery Corps.


Housing Stipend

It’s not cheap to live in the urban metro, where adults rely on our navigators to help them overcome barriers and reach their goals. Effective immediately, all persons committing to Recovery Corps service in the core cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will be eligible for a housing stipend up to $2,000/annually.



Members who successfully complete their year of service will receive an education award of $5,920 for full-time service. The education award can be used to pay back federal student loans, the cost of tuition or other educational purposes. The award has a seven-year expiration period and can be used at any accredited post-secondary school. Please note that the Education Award is considered taxable income in the year that it is used.

Members who are 55 or older at the start of their service enjoy an additional benefit. They may choose to transfer their education award to a child, grandchild, or foster child within seven years. The award must be used within ten years of the member receiving it.



If a member is making payments to a federally-backed education loan, payments can be put into forbearance during his or her year of service. Upon successful completion of the program, the accrued interest will be paid by the National Service Trust.



Members serving in a full time capacity are eligible to enroll in a health insurance plan through Recovery Corps. The plan does not cover dependents of members.

The 2018-2019 Health Insurance Summaries are available here:

Medical Coverage

Dental/Vision Coverage 

Have more questions? Please read through our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.



Members serving in a full-time capacity may qualify to receive child care assistance. The program is administered through GAP Solutions, Inc. In order to be eligible for the assistance program, members must meet income requirements. For more information on how to apply, please see our Guide to Applying. You can also visit the GAP AmeriCorps Website for more details, Frequently Asked Questions, and the rules and regulations surrounding the program's administration. 



Thanks to a unique partnership with Metro Transit, all income-eligible Recovery Corps members serving in the metro area will benefit from $1.00 METRO bus or train transit rides during their 2018-2019 year of service. 


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How to Apply

Recovery Corps does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, political affiliation, marital or parental status, military service, or religious, community, or social affiliates.