Start Date: August 11, 2022
End Date: November 16, 2022
Status: 450-hour AmeriCorps Service Term
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico
Benefits: S-212 Chainsaw Certification; Certifications: S-130 & S-190, Firefighter Training and Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior. IS100b, Intro to Incident Command System. IS700, National Incident Management System (NIMS); AmeriCorps Education Award; Paid training; Food budget while on camping hitch; Employee Assistance Program
Conservation Corps New Mexico (CCNM):
Conservation Corps New Mexico, a program of Conservation Legacy, aims to continue the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s. CCNM crews are based in Las Cruces, NM and project work will take place on public lands in New Mexico and western Texas.
Veterans Fire Corps Crews:
The crew is multi-faceted and demanding, but with opportunity for enormous rewards. Successful candidates will demonstrate high standards, compassion, excellent judgment, effective communication skills, initiative, and the desire to devote themselves (at least seasonally) to working alongside other military veterans, ages 21-35 years old, in an environmental setting. The crew will work together and maintain a flexible, positive, and professional attitude. The program engages participants in a cohort environment in which a team of recent-era military veterans work together to train and complete natural resource management projects, specifically related to fire fuels management and fuels reduction using chainsaws. This crew assists recent-era veterans transition from military to civilian careers. Participants must be a military veteran, provide a copy of a valid DD-214, or relevant discharge paperwork, and be able to pass a USFS Pack Test at the “arduous” level (3-mile hike with 45-pound pack in 45 minutes).
Most AmeriCorps terms will begin with an orientation: crew members who attend the full orientation will receive training on First Aid (typically Wilderness First Aid), Leave No Trace, Outdoor Living, Crew Culture and Diversity, and goal setting. Informal hands-on training will continue throughout the term with on- the- ground skills training.
Depending on the project needs, crews may receive specialized training in herbicide handling, crosscut saw, chainsaw, dry stone masonry or rigging.
Generally, crews work an 8-day, 10-hours/day ‘hitch’ schedule, while camping in front and backcountry settings. Typically, members will have 6 days off in the town of the home base office. Drive time to and from the work site from the home base office is typically included in the hitch schedule. Applicants should expect the project schedule and type of work to vary.
Workdays will start with a Job Hazard Analysis safety meeting followed by a 15-minute warm-up exercise and a 15-minute stretch. Days will include two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute lunch.
Responsibilities of an CCNM Crew Member:
Members can expect to work long days and must successfully adapt to various climates and working conditions. Workdays will contain strenuous labor in remote settings and all weather conditions.
While serving a term of National Service, CCNM crews are expected to work in diverse team settings. Respect for all members of the program, our partners, the public and the land they are visiting is expected.
CCNM expects all members to represent the program in a professional manner at all times. Crew life will include our corps values of challenge, stewardship, dedication, community, integrity and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Members are expected to be timely, hardworking, flexible and complete all functions of the tasks assigned, including tough physical labor and hiking several miles to remote locations under adverse weather conditions.
Members will be responsible for working under our Environmental Ethics:
Learn and practice ‘Leave no Trace’ techniques at all times
Outdoor Skills and Fitness
Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living, travel, and work skills as appropriate to the project. Additionally, practice self-care by staying adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed, so as to remain healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries.
Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks. Conditions of this environment may vary significantly and may include severe and challenging weather conditions. These remote locations may require up to 12 hours to reach the nearest advanced medical care.
What We Provide:
Tools and Personal Protective Equipment
Transportation from office to projects
Budget for meals is provided while in the field
Field uniform shirts & First aid kits
Transportation from home to the office
Camping gear, such as a tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad
Work pants and boots over the ankle
Day pack and multiday pack
CCNM is an independent, non-residential program. All members and staff are responsible for finding housing while not on project.
Be a military veteran
Be between the ages of 21 and 35.
Have US Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency status.
Have a high school diploma or GED
All offers of positions are conditional upon completion of an acceptable:
A nationwide check of the National Sex Offender Public website;
A fingerprint-based check of FBI criminal history record; and
A check of the State criminal history record repository for the individual’s State of residence AND State of service,
Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award
Full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of employment and ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting
To apply for this position, please visit: https://jobs.silkroad.com/ConservationLegacy/Careers/jobs/3406