Environment Crew Member
Position: Conservation Crew Member
Dates:May 27th – August or November (Check our website for different crews)
Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program for the Summer
Location: Salida, CO or Durango, CO
Ages: 18 – 30
Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible
Other Benefits: Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment.
AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,566 – $2,960 (depending on crew)
About Southwest Conservation Corps:
Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization that engages motivated young adults to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects on public lands throughout Colorado and New Mexico. Our programs focus on place based learning, life skills development, conservation service work, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility, and career development. SCC also provides an opportunity for corpsmembers to learn about the local environment, environmental issues, and get introductions to recreation and resource management careers.
Projects include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.
About the Position
As an AmeriCorps program participant with the Southwest Conservation Corps, your office is the great outdoors! Each crew consists of 6 members and 2 leaders. Crews work and camp for 9 days at a time in either frontcountry or backcountry locations, in all types of weather conditions. You will work effectively as a member of the crew; perform heavy manual labor related to environmental conservation and restoration projects; work outdoors in all types of weather and successfully adapt to various climates; effectively learn and apply new environmental conservation and restoration skills; actively participate in environmental education activities; practice appropriate safety procedures in all tasks assigned; use, maintain and repair hand and power tools as necessary.
Schedules may vary, but generally are 9 days on and 5 days off. There is a possibility you could work 5 days on and 2 days off, or a variation of schedules, so we require all AmeriCorps crew members to be flexible. SCC does not provide housing on your off days.
All crews will go through a 5 day volunteer orientation (May 27th – 31st, 2019). Food and space to camp is provided for this training.
Required Skills & Experience
To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30
Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs
A US citizen that has received (or on track to receive) a high school diploma or GED
All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check.
Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements
Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization.
Participant and Expedition Behavior
Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions.
Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program
Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of others for any reason.
Appropriately represent SCC and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all time.
Safety and Judgement
Effectively perceive, understand and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques to manage hazards
Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions.
If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.
Environmental Ethics & Outdoor Skills
Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project.
Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks
In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and SCC activities, and while on organization property.
How to ApplyTo apply, visit our website and fill out an application! https://sccorps.org/open-positions
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