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13 Jun 2018

Environment Dolores River Restoration Strike Team Crew Member

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

Job Description

Southwest Conservation Corps

Dolores River Restoration Strike Team

Title: Crew Member
Locations: Durango, CO
Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt
Wages: $372 weekly, plus an AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion
Other Benefits: uniforms, protective equipment, herbicide application licensure and professional development
Work Schedule: September 3 – Dec 7 (13 weeks, Thanksgiving week off) (paid)

2 positions available

Position Description:
As part of the Dolores River Restoration Partnership, this team of 3 people will help ensure continued progress of restoration sites along the beautiful Dolores River in remote western Colorado. The Strike Team will typically work four, 10 hour days per week. The members will join the team in September as 450 hour AmeriCorps Members and complete herbicide use and plant identification training. Project work consists of treatment of invasive tamarisk resprouts and secondary weeds along the riparian corridor to help native plant populations establish and thrive. The members will learn or review the hands-on details of herbicide application with support from the BLM and Field Supervisor. This project component will entail maintenance of tamarisk re-sprouts and secondary weeds with various spraying equipment, overseen by the SCC Watershed Programs Coordinator. Recording and reporting of accomplishments and herbicide usage will be necessary. Related tasks may be assigned as needed. Members also have the option to obtain a Colorado Certified Operator/Qualified Supervisor license toward the end of the season. Study materials, testing, and licensure fees are provided by SCC. This position requires extensive field time on foot in the elements and extensive time wearing a backpack sprayer. Safe operation of BLM, SCC vehicles and selected equipment will be necessary.

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.

Dolores River Restoration:
The Colorado BLM- Tres Rios (TR) field office, in collaboration with the Dolores River Restoration Partnership ( is the main partner working with the Southwest Conservation Corps Strike Team. The DRRP is in year 8 of an ambitious effort to treat invasive plant species along 175 miles of the Dolores River corridor.

Desired Qualifications: The ideal candidates for this position have knowledge of native and invasive plants in the southwest, and interest/experience in treatment and mapping of invasive species. Experience working independently and with a team in the outdoors, including navigating to sites with a team are also preferred. GPS and GIS experience are a plus. First Aid/CPR required.
Members are not required to have herbicide experience, though it is a bonus. Members will be put through SCC’s 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
• Apply and mix herbicide safely and effectively in the field. Must be able to wear a backpack sprayer for extensive lengths of time.
• Report herbicide usage and determine appropriate mix rates
• Drive a large truck filled with equipment to and from the work site
• Frequently work 40 to 50 hour work weeks

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.

DRRP Specific

• High School diploma or GED certificate
• Must hold current First Aid/CPR certification
• Must be 21, have a clean driving record (insurable by SCC) and a current driver’s license.
• Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment

Preferred Qualifications:

• Current/relevant medical certification (WFA, WFR, WEMT, or OEC) along with First Aid/CPR
• Experience handling, mixing, and applying herbicide or other hazardous chemicals
• Experience with plant/invasive weed identification, especially in the southwest
• Obtained or working toward a relevant Bachelor’s Degree
• Sense of humor, spirit of adventure, and desire to make a positive difference

How to Apply

Please apply through our website (click on link and search for job tracking number 1189-984):

Job Categories: Seasonal. Job Types: Environment. Job Tags: americorps, conservation, Conservation Corps, and restoration.

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