Crew Leader Positions (21+ years old)
Chattanooga, TN • ID:
Title: Veterans Fire Corps – Staff Crew Leader (Veteran status not required)
Positions Available: 1 Crew Leader and 1 Assistant Crew Leader
Season Dates: January 4 – April, 2022
Status: Seasonal, Full-time, & exempt
Location: Crew is based out of Chattanooga and will travel throughout the southeast for project work.
Salary: $720/week, paid bi-weekly
Benefits: Paid certifications and trainings related to wildland firefighting, uniforms, personal protective safety equipment, crew food will be provided when working/camping away from home base area.
Housing: Housing is NOT provided. SECC only provides accommodations (camping, bunk housing, etc.) when crew is traveling away from home base for overnight stays.
Application Deadline: November 26, 2021, applicants selected on a rolling basis.
Full Position Description:
The Southeast Conservation Corps' Veterans Fire Corps (VFC) program provides training and on-the-job experience for Veterans, ages 18-35, interested in entering careers and gaining experience in wildland firefighting and natural resource management.
The program engages participants in a cohort environment in which a crew of Veterans and non-Veterans work together to train and complete projects related primarily to “fuels management” which will include prescribed burning and wildland firefighting. Leaders and crew should expect work to vary depending on region and season. In addition to fire, projects may include a variety of interdisciplinary work pertaining to natural resource management as needed.
Comfort with ambiguity and working on a fast-paced team is a must with this position as schedules and work change often. When working locally, the schedule is typically 4 days on, followed by 3 days off. Camping “hitches” require members to camp and live on project locations for 8 – 14 days at a time, followed by a pre-determined number of days off. When on AD status, the crew will get deployed for 21 – 30 days at a time.
The Crew Leader position requires professionalism, patience, mentorship, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors. The crew will be comprised of one Crew Leader, one Assistant Crew Leader, and six Crew Members.
Home base for this crew is Chattanooga, Tennessee. It is paramount that members understand they will be roving throughout the Southeastern United States for the duration of the program.
Note: When camping on a project location is required, members will camp, travel, work, and eat as a crew. No drug or alcohol consumption allowed during work related travel at any time.
At minimum, the crew will earn:
S130- Firefighter Training
S190- Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior
S212- Wildland Fire Chainsaws
IS100b- Intro to Incident Command System
IS700a-National Incident Management System
First Aid/CPR certificates
Members must pass the Arduous Work Capacity (PACK) Test within the first two weeks of the season to participate in this program
Wildland firefighting demands a high level of fitness to work in difficult environmental conditions, including steep terrain, extreme temperatures, altitude, and smoke. Crews are generally comprised of individuals 21-35 years of age who have minimal financial and/or personal commitments.
This program will provide practical, hands-on training and certifications related to natural resource management and wildland firefighting. The program is comprehensive and intentionally structured to prepare Veterans to transition into civilian careers focused on wildland firefighting. Additional opportunities such as repeated networking with Federal employees and training on the federal land management application process is also included in this program.
Conservation, Fire, or Corps leadership experience.
If a Veteran, be able to provide a DD214 or NGB-22 upon interview.
Able to pass the USFS arduous level pack test (3-mille hike with 45-pound pack within 45 minutes).
Able to pass the USFS E-Medical examination.
Pass background checks: all offers of positions are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and Federal and/or State criminal background check.
Excellent organizational skills.
Flexibility, adaptability, and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment.
Exhibits the ability to effectively lead, teach, facilitate and team-build on diverse teams or with a variety of populations, including those underrepresented at our organization and those of BIPOC communities.
Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively in a variety of settings.
Comfortable working in a field environment.
Strong time-management skills and ability to work independently as well as with others.
Ability to manage all aspects of crew life and project management effectively and efficiently within a 40-50-hour work week.
Willingness to commit fully to the program and its mission.
Chainsaw operations and maintenance experience
Physically fit and able to work long days in adverse conditions
High School diploma or GED certificate.
Must hold current/relevant medical certification (WFA, WFR, WEMT, or OEC) with CPR/AED.
Must be 21, have a clean driving record (insurable by SECC) and a current driver’s license.
Experience with backpacking, wilderness living and travel, LNT principles
Wildland Fire experience (Hot shot, hand crew, engine crew, etc.)
NWCG or equivalent Faller B Chainsaw Certification
Familiarity with basic conservation skills (hand tool use and maintenance, etc.)
Relevant Bachelor’s Degree
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. These requirements are written the same for all positions and therefore may not apply directly to your position.
All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check.
Skills and Qualifications
Leadership & Mentorship:
Manage, supervise, and lead the day-to-day details of project work.
Implement skills training on work-site and facilitate intentional discussions via informal lessons to contribute to the crew’s personal growth and group dynamics
Promote individual crew member development and a healthy community
Mentor and delegate project responsibilities, crew life, and member development to Assistant Crew Leader (If applicable).
Must be willing to follow and enforce all SECC policies, maintain professional boundaries, and appropriately represent Southeast Conservation Corps. This includes creating a substance free work environment including alcohol, and drugs while involved in the program.
Project Management & Implementation
Train and motivate a crew of six to eight veterans to efficiently complete conservation projects on public lands within a 10-12-hour work day
Delegation of project work & investment among co-leader and crew
Manage the on-the-ground quality and quantity of project work
Think critically to resolve issues and solve problems
Communicate effectively & coordinate logistics with project partners, co-leader, & SECC staff
Safety & Risk Management
Implement and enforce SECC’s COVID-19 Pandemic Policies and Procedures (provided to applicants during interview process), including mask use, handwashing, and sanitizing crew vehicles and gear.
Monitor, manage, and promote the crew’s physical and emotional safety on and off the work site
Exhibit strong situational awareness & promote a culture of safety
Transport crew’s and equipment safely in SECC’s vans or large SUVs with trailers
Complete professional documentation of time sheets, daily and weekly reports, crew member and peer evaluations, disciplinary action forms, incident reports, etc.
Responsible for all project related outcomes and deliverables.
Manage food budget and credit card for purchases
Participation and Expedition Behavior
Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences
Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of others for any reason.
Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training and national service. Members must commit to participating in all crew/team activities, including service days in local communities where applicable.
Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues and organization staff.
Have the cognitive ability to learn necessary skills and apply them to effectively carry out the service work requirements
Always appropriately represent the Program and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners.
Safety and Judgment
Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance. You must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds.
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. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be given during exposure to the hazard.
Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions
Perceive and comprehend significant and apparent hazards, including those hazards previously identified by others.
Respond appropriately to stress or crises.
If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.
Learn and practice ‘Leave no Trace’ techniques
Outdoor Skills and Fitness
Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project. Additionally, remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed so as to remain generally 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/or trying weather. The remoteness is such that it may require at a minimum one hour, but perhaps in excess of 12 hours, to reach the nearest advanced medical care.
In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization and project partner property.
To Apply: Complete the Application, upload cover letter and resume.
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