The Ancestral Lands Model is rooted in the culture and heritage of local tribal communities. The power and impact of Ancestral Lands programming is due to the community investment and support for each program tribally and locally, combined with a network of operational support from Arizona Conservation Corps. Ancestral Lands programs consist of conservation crews and individual placements.
As an AmeriCorps program participant, work effectively as member of crew; perform heavy manual labor related to environmental conservation and restoration projects; work outdoors in all types of weather and successfully adapts to various climates; camps overnight outdoors in wilderness areas near work sites for short or extended periods of time; effectively learn and apply new environmental conservation and restoration skills and outdoor living 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.
AZCC is a drug-free organization; alcohol and illegal substances are prohibited. AZCC is an independent, non-residential program. The Corpsmember must supply his/her own personal outdoor gear and equipment such as a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, day pack, multi-day pack, work pants, hiking/ work boots, personal cook set, personal food etc. AZCC will provide the tools, protective gear and transportation to projects.
AZCC works with a variety of land management agencies in Arizona, such as the United States Forest Service, National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management. Projects vary but include trail construction and maintenance, ecosystem restoration, habitat restoration, fire fuels reduction, fencing on public lands, invasive weed removal, tamarisk removal, herbicide applications, and many others.
The typical schedule is four ten-hour days with three days off, or eight to nine days on with five or six days off, either in town or on spike (camping at the project) depending on proximity to the work site from Flagstaff, AZ. The day starts at 7:00 AM with a stretch circle and safety meeting. The day includes two fifteen minute breaks and a half hour break for lunch. The day concludes at 5:30 PM.
Corpsmembers are paid an AmeriCorps living stipend which averages out at $310 per week or $620 biweekly before taxes. Upon completion of the term the Corpsmember will receive an education award to be used for paying off student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.
May 21 – August 17, 2017
Preference will be given to those who identify as a member of a Native American Tribe, or identify as American Indian/Native American. To qualify you must be between the ages of 18 and 25, and a US citizen that has received 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. Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award.
About Arizona Conservation Corps
Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC), a program of Conservation Legacy, operates conservation service
programs across Arizona that empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities
and the environment. AZCC’s crews are supported from operational bases in Tucson, Flagstaff, and the
White Mountains and provide opportunities for young adults and recent era military veterans to
complete natural resource management projects either as part of a crew or as an individual placement.