Position: Fall Conservation Crew Member
Dates: Trail Crew: August 27th – November 2nd, 2018
Saw Crew: 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 (Saw crew only), food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment.
AmeriCorps Education Award: Saw Crew: $1,538. Trail Crew: $1,230.
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. Crews work and camp for 9 days at a time in frontcountry and backcountry locations, in all types of weather conditions. You will work effectively as a member of the crew; perform heavy manual labor related to environmental conservation and restoration projects; work outdoors in all types of weather and succesfully adapt to various climates; effectively learn and apply new environmental conservation and restoration skills; actively participare in environmental education activities; practice appropriate safety procedures in all tasks assigned; use, maintain and repair hand and power tools as necessary.
Schedules may vary, but generally are 9 days on and 5 days off. There is a possibility you could work 5 days on and 2 days off, or a variation of schedules, so we require all AmeriCorps crew members to be flexible. SCC does not provide housing on your off days.
All crews will go through a 5 day volunteer orientation (August 27th – 31st, 2018). This will include a Wilderness First Aid training. Food and space to camp is provided for this training.