Position: Dolores River Restoration Crew Member
Dates: August 27th – November 16th, 2018
Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program for the Fall
Location: Durango, CO
Ages: 18 – 30
Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible
Other Benefits: S-212 chainsaw training, food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment.
AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,538
About Southwest Conservation Corps
Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization that engages motivated young adults to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects on public lands throughout Colorado and New Mexico. Our programs focus on place based learning, life skills development, conservation service work, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility, and career development. SCC also provides an opportunity for corpsmembers to learn about the local environment, environmental issues, and get introductions to recreation and resource management careers.
Projects include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.
About the Position
As an AmeriCorps program participant with SCC, your office is the great outdoors! Each crew consists of 6 members and 2 leaders. This crew will work primarily residential schedules: 5 days on, 2 days off. However, the crew could camp for up to 9 days at a time, with 5 days off, in various weather conditions. While camping, crews are responsible for cooking meals and completing chores. SCC does not provide housing for your off time. The AmeriCorps DRRC program requires members to be flexible!
Members complete invasive tree removal and riparian restoration activities on public and private lands along the Dolores River corridor in Southwest Colorado. The AmeriCorps DRRC is in its ninth year of existence as part of a large collaborative restoration initiative: The Dolores River Restoration Partnership (see: https://www.drrpartnership.org/).
Projects will include: Tamarisk removal, habitat enhancement thinning projects, and the potential for riparian planting, fencing and related activities. The collaborative nature of the program will find SCC crews training and working with partner corps programs (Canyon Country Youth Corps, Western Colorado Conservation Corps) on projects throughout the watershed.
The AmeriCorps DRRC has a training component that prepares members for careers in resource management such as invasive species treatment and monitoring, riparian restoration, or wildland fire management in the public or private sector. Members will receive: Orientation to the project, riparian ecology basics, S-212 certification (nationally recognized chainsaw operation and safety certification), chainsaw operation experience, Invasive Species identification and treatment modalities, wilderness first aid training, herbicide application training and experience, and exposure to large scale restoration projects, partners, and activities. Some members, if they independently arrange for it, can earn college credit for their participation.
The DRRC Crew will attend a 5 day volunteer orientation (August 27th – 31st, 2018). This will include a Wilderness First Aid training. Food and space to camp is provided during this training. This crew will head to saw training the following Monday.
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