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USFS Tonto COVID Response Crew - Flagstaff, AZ

Americorps Crew

Flagstaff, AZ
ID: 2729-984

Title: USFS Tonto COVID Response Crew (1 crew leader and 2 crew member positions available)

Start/End Date: May - October 2021


  • Crew Leader position: $685/week
  • Crew Member positions: $330/week

Term: 18 weeks

Reports To: Brooke Wheelock, (USFS Recreation Partnership Coordinator)


Location: Mesa Ranger District 5140 E. Ingram St. Mesa, Arizona 85205


  • 675-hour AmeriCorps Service Term (Crew Member positions)
  • Non-AmeriCorps term (Crew Leader position)

Benefits: Crew Member positions eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,638.89 after successful completion of the term; no Education Award available for Crew Leader position.



Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC):

Arizona Conservation Corps, a program of Conservation Legacy, aims to continue the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's. AZCC is focused on connecting youth, young adults, and recent era military veterans with conservation service work projects on public lands. AZCC operates programs across Arizona that engage individuals and strengthen communities through service and conservation. AZCC has program offices in Flagstaff, Pinetop, and Tucson. 


Tonto National Forest:

The Tonto National Forest, encompassing 2,873,200 acres is the fifth largest national forest in the United States. The forest has diverse scenery, with elevations ranging from 1,400 feet in the Sonoran Desert to 7,400 feet in the ponderosa pine forests of the Mogollon Rim. The Tonto National Forest is also the most visited "urban" forest in the United States.

Position Summary: The crew will work on sites across the Tonto National Forest’s Mesa, Tonto Basin, Payson Ranger Districts with each district planning to host the crew for six weeks.


Position Summary:

The USFS COVID Response Crew will help support recreation mitigation projects directly related to the impacts of high use due to the COVID-19 pandemic, performing activities such as cleaning up and restoring of campground infrastructure, performing basic maintenance and rehabilitation of trails including new social trails, and other recreation infrastructure projects and activities that are directly impacted from the high visitation use due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Funding for this crew comes from the CARES Act.

Northern Arizona sites have been heavily impacted by the increase in recreation due to COVID-19.  This crew would work on sites across Mesa, Tonto Basin, and Payson’s Forests with each unit planning to host the crew for four weeks (eighteen weeks total).

Members should expect to camp during some of the term and should be comfortable interacting with the general public. Camping accommodations will be provided at developed campgrounds.  The crew must supply their own personal outdoor gear and equipment such as tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, day packs, multi-day packs, work pants, hiking/work boots, etc. Necessary tools and equipment will be provided by USFS and AZCC.


Essential Responsibilities and Functions:

  • Support the work of Forest staff to mitigate the impacts of increased recreation on forest resources.
  • Conduct dispersed campsite monitoring to identify new and growing campsite locations due to COVID high use, using various technologies.
  • Perform restoration activities to restore and naturalize new campsites, including breaking down campfire rings, installing signs, and constructing motor vehicle barriers.
  • Increase the frequency of developed recreation site maintenance.
  • Perform cleaning, remove graffiti, and repair vandalism as needed.
  • Document campsites in historically low-use and remote areas that are experiencing higher use, including lakeshores and non-motorized trails.


  • Crew Leader Responsibilities:Crew Leaders (CL) are responsible for facilitating a positive crew member experience by setting an example of enthusiasm throughout work and camp life. The CL will communicate directions, project specifications, and constructive criticism throughout the term of service. The CL is expected to complete project and Corpsmember paperwork in a timely manner and professionally represent AZCC in project relations.

Required Skills

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or GED.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and interact with the public, user groups, and agency staff.
  • Ability to drive and maneuver 4wd vehicles on Forest roads.
  • Applicants must be able to pass a criminal history background check and possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.  
  • Ability to take initiative and work alone or in small groups with minimal supervision.
  • Applicants for Crew Member positions must be eligible to participate in AmeriCorps programs.
  • Additional qualifications for
  • Crew Leader position include:
    • 21+ years of age with some leadership experience
    • Excellent communication and teaching/mentoring skills, as well as strong conflict resolution and team building skills.
    • Ability to perform administrative duties, such as managing crew budget and documents and utilizing Microsoft programs.
  • Teamwork oriented with clear, direct communication and interpersonal skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Interest or experience working in conservation and/or with public lands.
  • Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certified
  • Applicants with language fluency, including Spanish/Espanol and Navajo/Dine bizaad, are highly encouraged to apply


Physical Requirements:

  • To successfully perform essential functions, the individual is required to sit, stand, walk, speak, hear, etc. May be required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl for significant periods of time and be able to safely lift and carry 50 pounds on a routine basis.
  • Ability to work, backpack, and live in varied outdoor conditions including exposure to adverse weather conditions. Ability to hike long distances over steep and rough terrain at high elevations.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements:

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. 
  • Appropriately represent AmeriCorps, Arizona Conservation Corps, and the U.S. Forest Service at all times.


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. 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 techniques to manage hazards. 
  • Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions. 
  • Respond appropriately to stress or crisis.
  • If taking prescriptions medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.


Environmental Ethics:

  • Learn and practice 'Leave no Trace' techniques.


Substance Free:

  • In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property. 


To Apply:  Please submit an updated resume and cover letter along with the online application. If you have questions, contact AZCC Program Manager James Pitts at


For more information about Arizona Conservation Corps, please visit Arizona Conservation Corps is a program of Conservation Legacy.





This position is located at 5075 N. Highway 89, Flagstaff, AZ. View the Google Map in full screen.