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Women's Crosscut Crew Member - Los Valles
at Conservation Legacy
Position: Women's Crosscut Conservation Crew Member
Dates: Crosscut Crew: Aug 19th – November 2019
Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program
Location: Salida, CO
Ages: 18 – 30
Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible
Other Benefits: Wilderness First Aid Certification, USFS Crosscut Certification, Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment.
AmeriCorps Education Award: Crosscut Crew: $1566
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 participant on one of the Southwest Conservation Corps Women's crosscut crew, your office will be in some of the most beautiful and remote National Forests Colorado has to offer. Crews will be working and camping for 9 days at a time, all throughout South Central Colorado. During the season, Crosscut work is done almost entirely in a Backcountry setting. You will work effectively as a member of the crew; perform heavy manual labor related to sustainable forestry such as: Fuels Mitigation and Thinning, Wildlife Habitat Restoration and Improvement, Invasive Species removal, and Logouts of Winter blow down. Corpsmembers will learn proper care and use of their saws and will participate in environmental education activities and practice appropriate safety procedures.
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 (Aug 19 – 23, 2019). Food and space to camp is provided for this training.
Required Skills & Experience
- To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30
- Identify as female
- Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs
- A US citizen that has received (or on track to receive) 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.
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.
Participant and Expedition Behavior
- Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions.
- Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program
- Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of others for any reason.
- Appropriately represent SCC and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all time.
Safety and Judgement
- Effectively perceive, understand and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques to manage hazards
- Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions.
- If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.
Environmental Ethics & Outdoor Skills
- Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project.
- Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks
- In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and SCC activities, and while on organization property.
TO APPLY: Visit https://sccorps.org/open-positions