Job Description
Title: Conservation Crew Corpsmember – Local and Camping Adult Crew – Summer 2018
Reports to: Crew Leader, Program Coordinator
Locations: Chattanooga, TN
Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt
Stipend: $300 weekly
Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible
Other Benefits: Training, uniform shirts, protective equipment. Other development opportunities as available.
Start/end date: 6/11/18 – 8/22/18
Multiple positions opened until filled
Southeast Conservation Corps:
SECC empowering young adults to cultivate compassion, responsibility, and grit through community service, hard work, and environmental stewardship.
The Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization. The SECC selects young adults, ages 16-35, to complete conservation work projects on public lands throughout the Southeast. SECC programs encourage environmental stewardship, foster community partnerships, and emphasize experiential learning. SECC serves a diverse population that is representative of the Southeast; including youth, graduates, veterans, and a cross-section of ethnicities and income levels. SECC has also taken on a role as a part of the larger AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team, and as such, some crews may get deployed on Disaster response projects for up to 30 days.
This specific crew will be comprised of young adults, 18-26 selected to complete conservation work projects on public lands throughout the Greater Chattanooga Area and the Southeast US.
The schedule for this crew will include both local “day crew” weeks and camping hitches. The local “day crew” weeks will be either five eight-hour days with two days off or four ten-hour days with three days off, with members not camping at the project site but returning to their homes each night. The camping weeks are called hitches, hitches will typically be nine days long with members camping at the project location, and five days off post hitch. The schedule for this crew will include both local “day crew” weeks and camping hitches.
Corpsmembers are responsible for finding and attaining their own housing during the season, this is a non-residential program. Depending on project work and location other schedule variations may be implemented. Community/camp chores will be completed every evening, with some evenings including group discussions on conservation and/or corps related topics. While the staff at SECC works to provide consistency throughout the season personal flexibility is expected and should be prepared for when entering the term as schedules, times, and work locations are subject to change per project needs. The first week will be a five day camping based, training week.
Corpsmember Responsibilities:
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.
SECC is a drug-free organization; alcohol and illegal substances are prohibited. SECC is an independent, non-residential program. The corpsmember must supply their own food, personal outdoor gear and equipment such as a day pack, work pants, hiking/work boots, etc. SECC will provide the group camp equipment, tools, protective gear and transportation to and from projects. The corpsmember is expected to provide their own transportation to and from the SECC office each day.
While the staff at SECC works to provide consistency throughout the season personal flexibility is expected and should be prepared for when entering the term as schedules, times, and work locations are subject to change per project needs.
Project Work:
SECC works with a variety of land management agencies in Tennessee and throughout the Southeast region, such as the United States Forest Service, National Park Service, State Parks and conservation-based non-profits. Projects vary but include trail construction and maintenance, ecosystem restoration, habitat restoration, fire fuels reduction, fencing on public lands, invasive weed removal, herbicide applications, and many others. The project work is manual labor based and most projects require a hike into and out of the project site daily carrying tools and a day pack.
To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 26, 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.

AmeriCorps members will receive an AmeriCorps living stipend of $300 per week before taxes, dispersed biweekly. Upon successful completion of the term of service AmeriCorps members will earn an AmeriCorps Segal education award to be used for student loans, qualifying programs/classes, or tuition for traditional Title IV accredited colleges.


Required Experience:

No trail crew or conservation crew experience is needed to apply for this position. A general comfort and previous knowledge of working/living in an outdoor setting is helpful.


This program is available to all eligible applicants, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, sexual orientation or religion.


To Apply: https://southeastconservationcorps.org/open-positions

Complete the Application online by clicking “Apply Now” to the right of the desired position.
Any questions can be addressed to:
Sarah Brown

Recruitment and Support Services Coordinator


Chattanooga, TN

[email protected]


About Southeast Conservation Corps

Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC), formerly known as Southeast Youth Corps, operates conservation service programs throughout the Southeast that focus on empowering young people to cultivate compassion, responsibility and grit through community service, hard work and environmental stewardship.
Building upon the foundation of the Civilian Conservation Corps, SECC is focused on connecting local youth to the natural environment through service learning, personal development and recreation. SECC offers a variety of opportunities, including both an adult conservation crews and youth conservation crews,  youth mountain biking program, and Trips for Kids--Chattanooga.
The SECC office is located in Chattanooga, TN, nestled between the Cumberland Plateau and the Appalachian Mountains. This ideal location allows the Southeast Conservation Corps to engage a diverse population of young adults in broad range of conservation service projects and recreation opportunities within some of the oldest and most biologically diverse forests in the eastern United States.
SECC operates trail crews in the spring, summer and fall for adults and young adults. Project work can include trail work, chainsaws, brush cutters, crosscuts, invasive specie removal, stone/timber/wood structures, bridges and historical preservation. SECC also offers natural resource internships.
Location: Based out of Chattanooga, TN just miles from world renowned rock climbing, hiking in the Appalachian Mountains and Great Smokey Mountains National Park, and whitewater kayaking in the Hiwassee and Ocoee Rivers. Within the city limits you can paddle board, mountain bike, rock climb, hike, trail run, and fish.