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19 Apr 2017

Environment Crew Member – Invasive Inventory and Removal Crew

Southwest Conservation Corps – Posted by tditore Durango, Colorado, United States

Job Description

Locations: Durango, CO
Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt
Wages: $400 weekly + AmeriCorps Education Award
Other Benefits: uniforms, protective equipment and continued development
Start/end date: May 29 – Aug 12, 2017 (1 week unpaid volunteer training and 10 paid work weeks), possible opportunity to extent position into the fall season
2 positions available , Apply ASAP!

Position Description:
The purpose of this project is to document the cooperation between the parties to implement invasive species control work at specific locations found on the Uncompahgre Plateau, of the Grand Valley, Norwood and Ouray Ranger Districts. Species targeted for control include Spotted knapweed (Centaurea maculosa), Sulfur cinquefoil (Potentilla recta), Musk thistle (Carduus nutans), Bull thistle (Cirsium vulgar), and Oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare). These species are invading and altering natural ecosystems contributing to declines in ecological health of the San Miguel watershed in which they are found.

A strike team of two crew-members and one supervisor will perform all work over an 11 week period. This strike team will cover the entire Uncompahgre Plateau landscape. The team will target infestations as guided by District Rangeland Management Specialists on a prioritized basis.

When weather or climatic conditions do not allow for invasive species control work, additional work contributing to trails maintenance will occur. Most of this work will occur on the Mountain Division of the Norwood Ranger District centered on the Telluride area. This work will include clearing of trails, constructing water bars and maintaining trail bed using various hand tools as well as cross-cut saws and chainsaws.

Our programs focus on place based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility and career development. SCC also provides an opportunity for Corpsmembers to learn about the local environment, environmental issues and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers. When not in the field, members are expected to find their own housing.

Members are not required to have herbicide or chainsaw experience, though it is a bonus. Members will be put through SCC’s Chainsaw Curriculum and Training, and a Pesticide Training.

Essential Functions:
• Frequently required to walk, hike, sit and talk or listen
• Required to use hands to operate objects, tools or controls, and to reach with hands and arms
• Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
• Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and the ability to focus
• Must be able to speak, understand, read and write English
• Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

Required Skills:
General Qualifications
Commitment – AmeriCorps members must make a strong commitment to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training and national service. Members must commit to participating in all crew activities, including service days in local communities.
Safety -You will be expected to take a serious attitude toward safety all day and every day.
Professionalism – AmeriCorps members must be willing to appropriately represent the SCC Program and AmeriCorps.
Teamwork – AmeriCorps members must be willing to work hard, participate as part of a team.
Technology – The use of technology, including cell phones, iPods, MP3 players, and other battery powered devices is not allowed during all work, chore, group and meal times as well as during de-rigs and rig-up. Corpsmembers must agree that they will not use these types of technology while participating in these activities and realize that technology use is strictly regulated by SCC policy and by SCC staff and crew leaders.
Substance Free – In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol, tobacco and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and SCC activities and while on SCC property.
Fitness – AmeriCorps members are expected to complete projects that involve heavy lifting, hiking, and living outdoors for an extended period of time.
Required Experience:
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. These requirements are written the same for all positions and therefore may not apply directly to your particular position.
Participation and Expedition Behavior
• Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences.
• Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of others for any reason.
• Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training and national service. Members must commit to participating in all crew/team activities, including service days in local communities where applicable.
• Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues and organization staff.
• Have the cognitive ability to learn necessary skills and apply them to effectively carry out the service work requirements.
• Appropriately represent the Program and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all times.
Safety and Judgment
• Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance. You must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds.
• 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. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be given during exposure to the hazard.
• Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions
• Perceive and comprehend significant and apparent hazards, including those hazards previously identified by others.
• Respond appropriately to stress or crises.
• If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.
Environmental Ethics
• Learn and practice ‘Leave no Trace’ techniques
Outdoor Skills and Fitness (where appropriate)
• Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project. Additionally, remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed so as to remain generally healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries.
• Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks. Conditions of this environment may vary significantly and may include severe and/or trying weather. The remoteness is such that it may require at a minimum one hour, but perhaps in excess of 12 hours, to reach the nearest advanced medical care.
Substance Free
• In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property.

How to Apply

Please apply through our website (click on link and search for job tracking number 712-984):

Job Categories: Seasonal. Job Types: Environment. Job Tags: biology, botany, Colorado, ecology, forest, full-time, and invasive species.

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