The Florida Conservation Corps (FLCC) AmeriCorps Program is administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Members serve 900 hours in Florida State Parks. FLCC members serve under one of three Project areas, Project A.N.T. (AmeriCorps Non-native plant Terminators), Project T.R.E.C. (Trail Restoration and Enhancement Corps), and Project R.O.A.R (Regional Outreach and Awareness Recruiters). Project T.R.E.C. is a traveling team based in Gainesville. Members are prescheduled for trail restoration/awareness projects in Florida State Parks. Members are expected to travel for the entire duration of the project, are required to work 5-8 days at a time depending on the project, and must have a positive attitude. Members are required to participate as the AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team for the state of Florida (may deploy for 30 days at a time). Members will follow DEP Covid-19 policies for safety. PPE is provided. Benefits: • Natural Resource Skills (chainsaw training, hauling trailers, large equipment use) • Tool maintenance (chainsaws, trail tools, herbicide application, hatchets, machetes, hand saw) • Professional Development (intro to federal & state guidelines, network/build relationships with natural resource professionals, conflict resolution) • Community Outreach (Flyer/graphic design, volunteer recruitment/outreach, Disaster Recovery, and FLCC promotion) On/off-site Training: Interpretation, Leadership, CPR/First Aid/AED, Effective Communication, Resume/Cover Letter Workshop, & district-specific training. Monetary benefits: monthly stipend ($1,550), loan deferment, childcare assistance, SNAP assistance, free health insurance, Member Assistance Program, and Worker's Compensation).
Florida Conservation Corps Members serving as Project T.R.E.C. (Trail Restoration and Enhancement Corps) will work 40 hours a week focusing on trail assessment, creation, improvement, and maintenance in Florida’s State Parks. Members will be required to live in Gainesville, FL, encouraged to live together, and apartment inquiries may be facilitated through FLCC staff. Members will travel often for extended periods of time and serve in many state parks throughout the course of the service term. They will act as advocates for trail user accessibility. These members will use various tools for trail assessment, maintenance, and creation. In addition, members will participate in outreach and interpretation to promote the program and trails in our Florida State Parks. Members will also act as part of an AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team (A-DRT) and must be available for immediate deployment in the event of a disaster for the entirety of their service term (February-July).
Requirements: Has a valid driver’s license, able to complete an FBI/FDLE background check (free), has a high school diploma or equivalent, and able to tolerate extreme environmental conditions of Florida.
Please apply through AmeriCorps, the application can be found at the link below: