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13 Nov 2019

Other Outdoor Veteran’s Fire Corps Crew Leader Development Program

Southwest Conservation Corps – Posted by tditore Anywhere

Job Description

Start/end date: March 30, 2020 – August 7, 2020.
Living Stipend: $425/week
Benefits: $4266.50 AmeriCorps Education Award, Food provided while in the field, uniforms. USFS recognized S-212 Chainsaw + additional wildland firefighting certifications. Wilderness First Aid & CPR/AED certification

Position Summary:   Crews consists of 6-8 post-911 Veterans and 2 leaders. Crews work in front and backcountry locations in all weather conditions. Standard schedule consists of 8 days on-hitch and 6 days off or 5 days on-hitch, 2 days off. On-hitch, crews camps together, prepare all meals together, and work together as a group to complete all projects and chores. SCC has an option for accommodations off-hitch for VFC crew leaders and crew members.

The Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP) for the VFC is designed for those with strong leadership capacity but need to build technical competencies required to lead wildland firefighting and/or land management crews. CLDPs, along with Crew Leaders, will lead Veterans in completing technical wildland firefighting certification courses and fuels reduction projects while instilling interpersonal skills and leadership skills. Crew leaders will also be responsible for leading crews in environmental stewardship, i.e. Leave No Trace, and risk management. A variety of soft skills and technical competencies are required to be successful in this role. See below for core competencies:

Required Skills
Responsibilities & Core Competencies:

Leadership & Mentorship
Integrate values pertaining to DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) within the corps
Foster 21st century work skills in corps members, i.e.: collaboration & teamwork, creativity & imagination, critical thinking, problem-solving, flexibility & adaptability
Model strong communication and conflict resolution skills
Demonstrate high skill in trauma-informed care

Project Management & Implementation
Instruct, train & motivate a crew to complete high quality technical fire mitigation projects
Implement a 10-hour workday and ensure professionalism is maintained at camp
Delegate project work & camp chores
Effectively coordinate logistics with project partners, crew leader, & SCC staff

Risk Management
Analyze, manage, and inform on hazardous conditions and crew health
Exhibit strong situational awareness at worksite and campsite
Transport crew and equipment safely in SCC’s vans and large SUVs with trailers

Administrative Skills
Meet all deadlines for documentation, i.e., timesheets, evaluations, incident reports, etc
Record all project related outcomes and deliverables
Manage food budget and credit card for purchases, providing receipts for all purchases

Minimum Qualifications:
Outdoor leadership experience with young adults
Physically fit and able to work 40-50 hr work weeks
High School diploma or GED certificate
Chainsaw experience
Must be 21, or have had a driver’s license for 3 consecutive years with a clean driving record (insurable by SCC), and a current driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with SCC or other conservation corps
Experience working with trauma-impacted populations
Relevant Bachelor’s Degree
Military experience preferred

Essential Functions:
Frequently required to walk, hike, sit, talk and listen.
Required to use hands to operate objects and tools, 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.
Required to drive an SCC vehicle
Must be able to speak, understand, read and write English.
Enforce all SCC policies. SCC is a substance free work environment. All must refrain from the use of tobacco products, vaping, alcohol, and drugs while in the program.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

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 may not apply to your particular position.

How to Apply

Complete CLDP Application, upload cover letter & resume: For questions, contact Therese Ryley, Program Director at

Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Other Outdoor.

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