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SECC Crew Member - Veterans Fire Corps 2022 (NPS)

Americorps Crew

Chattanooga, TN
ID: 2895-984

Title:  Crew Member - Veterans Fire Corps 2022 (in partnership with the National Park Service)            

Season Dates: January 17 – April 22, 2022 (14 weeks)

  • 2 weeks of training
  • 12 weeks of field work                              

Salary: $555 per week and $1,678.57 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of program. 

Benefits: Paid certifications and trainings (see below) related to wildland firefighting, uniforms, personal protective equipment, crew food will be provided when working/camping away from home base area. 

Location:  Home base for this crew will be Chattanooga, TN.

Housing: Housing is NOT provided to members. SECC only provides accommodations (camping, bunk housing, etc.) when crew is travelling away from home base for overnight stays.

Application Deadline: December 13, 2021, or until positions are filled. 


Position Description: 

The Southeast Conservation Corps' Veterans Fire Corps (VFC) program provides specialized training through hands-on, mission-based 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 8 Veterans and non-Veterans work together to train and complete projects related primarily to “fuels management” which will include prescribed burning. Members should expect projects and schedules to vary depending on region and season. In addition to fuels management, 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. 

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. 

Members will earn the following trainings and certifications:

  • S130: Firefighter Training
  • S190: Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior
  • S212: Wildland Fire Chainsaws
  • I 100: Introduction to Incident Command System
  • IS 700: Introduction to the National Incident Management System
  • L 180: Humans Factors in Wildland Fire Service
  • 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

Fuels management work 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. 

Required Skills

General Qualifications:

  • Be a military Veteran able to provide a DD214 or NGB-22 upon interview
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 35
  • Able to pass the Department of the Interior Medical Standards Wildland Firefighter exam. Crew members and leaders will be required to pass the exam prior to taking the pack test or getting their NWCG red card.
  • Able to pass the USFS arduous level pack test (3-mille hike with 45-pound pack within 45 minutes)
  • Holds a high school diploma or GED
  • US Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency status 
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment
  • Exhibits the ability to effectively work 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
  • Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (individuals are eligible if they have not already completed 2 full years of AmeriCorps service, or 4 AmeriCorps service terms, whichever comes first – please contact us if you are unsure of your eligibility) 
  • 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
  • Full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of employment and ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting


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 particular position. 


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
  • Appropriately represent the Program and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners 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. 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.


Environmental Ethics 

Learn and practice ‘Leave no Trace’ techniques


Outdoor Skills and Fitness (where appropriate) 

  • 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 toremain 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.


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 and project partner property. 


For any questions or concerns, please call our Recruitment Coordinator, Lindsey Agee, at 423-322-4976 or email her at

This position is located at 2001 North Chamberlain Ave, Chattanooga, TN. View the Google Map in full screen.