Women’s Fire Crew Conservation Corps Assistant Crew Leader

Western Colorado Conservation Corps
Grand Junction, Colorado
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$1290.00 bi-weekly
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Last Date to Apply
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 an education award, in addition to a bi-weekly stipend. (Restrictions apply). Women’s Fire Crew Specifically: This position will be based out of our Grand Junction office. This is not a 9-5 job, rather an experience where long hours and extended time away from your home base are to be expected. Serving as a Women’s Fire Crew Member at WCCC means having passion for service to others, for wild lands and wild places, for personal growth, or for any number of WCCC’s values. Crews will camp for most of their term, oftentimes in remote locations in varied terrain and in all weather conditions. Primary service types will include habitat restoration and fuels mitigation with the potential for fire response and prescribed burning – with a heavy emphasis in chainsaw use. Performs basic fire line activities such as line construction, lopping, and scattering of fuels using hand tools and holding, patrolling, monitoring. 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 7-9 youth, 18-28 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. Service Environment: This position requires arduous physical activity in adverse weather conditions. Assistant Crew Leaders must be physically fit and able to lift, bend, carry, push and other heavy physical labor. Requirements: • 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 18-28 years of age. • Ability to pass National Standards for Wildland Firefighting, including Pack Test and relevant medical screenings. • Willingness to serve long, hard hours in all weather conditions; ability to be away on overnight trips for up to 16 days at a time. • 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. Physical Requirements: • Ability to typically lift 30-50 lbs. repeatedly and operate a chainsaw on a regular basis. • Ability to hike 3-12 miles per day in terrain that can be steep, rocky, or uneven, often wearing a 45 lb. backpack while carrying tools and sometimes backpacking with full packs of 60-70 lbs. • 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.
No experience necessary! However, you must: • Be a United states citizen or permanent resident. • Be available full time between the dates specified on the Member Service Agreement • Able to pass a pre-service National Criminal History check (State, Sex Offender, and Federal)
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