Training: As an AmeriCorps service-learning program and to prepare Americorps members for work in-the-field, WCCC provides orientation and technical skills training at the start of the program term in addition to region or project specific training throughout the service term. Focuses include outdoor leadership, Leave No Trace principles, technical skills for project work, tool use/maintenance, S-212 chainsaw safety training, first aid/CPR, herbicide application, trail building, fence construction, drivers training, procedures surrounding risk management and best practices, and creating positive crew cultures with emphasis on diversity and inclusion.
Overview: The Western Colorado Conservation Corps offers opportunities for young adults to spend a season serving on meaningful conservation projects throughout Western Colorado. Projects may include a variety of trail construction/maintenance, fence construction/removal, invasive species removal, fire fuels reduction, habitat restoration and/or historic preservation work. AmeriCorps members have the opportunity to earn up to $3,172.50, in addition to a bi-weekly stipend, from an AmeriCorps Education Award (restrictions apply).
The position also requires preparation time and post session clean up.
Essentials Position Functions:
Act as an assistant to the Crew Leader in:
• Mentoring and leading a crew of 8-10 youth, 17-25 years old, in day-to-day service activities on the project site and at camp.
• Giving guidance and responsibilities to Crew Members to facilitate their personal growth and development.
• Overseeing camp operations including camp set-up, camp hygiene, Leave No Trace principles, and all other camp elements involved with safety and risk management.
• Complete 10 hours of project work a day for 4-8 days while camping in a variety of outdoor conditions, including inclement weather, for the duration of the term. (No prior experience required).
• Submitting written and digital reports on projects, and expenses on a weekly basis to field staff.
• Overseeing food budget, meal planning, and shopping list for group food.
• Coordinating projects and logistics on the ground with WCCC Staff, and project partners.
• Transporting crew safely in WCCC’s vans or other vehicles while towing a trailer.
• Perform duties expected of any corps member including service project completion, meal preparation, cleanup/setup, and other day-to-day duties.
• Leading service projects such as trail building and maintenance, wildlife habitat restoration, fence building and maintenance, and invasive species removal.
• Planning of recreational and educational activities, food and equipment preparation and maintenance, and program evaluation.
• Live, work, and serve closely with a diverse group of people.
• Must adhere to and enforce the rules and regulations of WCCC and AmeriCorps, which includes abstaining from the use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco as well as other rules, regulations, and risk management protocol.
• Members must not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the AmeriCorps Member Service Agreement.
• Leadership experience preferred
• Excellent organization and communication
• Passion for an outdoor lifestyle
• Hands-on physical labor experience preferred
• Committed to making a positive difference in youth
• Wilderness First Responder (WFR) preferred
• Current driver’s license with an insurable good driving record
• High School Diploma or GED required (AmeriCorps), relevant bachelor’s preferred
• Must be between the ages of 21-25 years of age
• Ability to commit to the entirety of your AmeriCorps term of service with WCCC
• Ability to serve on diverse teams or with a diverse range of people
• Ability to typically lift 30-50 lbs. repeatedly
• Hiking up to 8 miles per day.
• Be willing and able to run a chainsaw, use hand tools and herbicide equipment with appropriate training.
• Must be able to complete arduous work in adverse weather conditions (i.e. snow, rain, excessive heat).
• Ability to camp in remote locations from 4-8 days a week.