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SECC Assistant Crew Leader- Camping Crew



Americorps Crew

Chattanooga, TN
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ID: 2919-984
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Full-Time/Regular

Title: Women's Conservation Corps-Assistant Crew Leader

Reports to: Crew Leader, Field Supervisor

Location: Crew will be based out of Chattanooga, TN, but will camp and work throughout the Southeast Region

Start/end date: 2022 Seasonal Field Position 3/7/2022-August

Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt

Wages: $500/week, paid biweekly. AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program

Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible

Benefits: Food & transportation provided while in the field overnight, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment, USFS Chainsaw Certification, Wilderness First Aid/CPR, and other developmental opportunities as available

Crew Structure: 1 Crew Leader, 1 Assistant Crew Leader, 6 Crew Members

 

 

 

Southeast Conservation Corps:

Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC), a program of Conservation Legacy, is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization. SECC selects young adults, ages 18-30, to complete conservation work projects on public lands throughout the Southeast. SECC programs encourage environmental stewardship, foster community partnerships, and emphasize experiential learning. SECC serves a diverse population that is representative of the Southeast, including youth, graduates, veterans, and a cross-section of ethnicities and income levels. SECC is also an active member of the AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team (A-DRT), and as such, selected crews may be deployed on Disaster response projects for up to 30 days.

SECC works with a variety of land management agencies in Tennessee and throughout the Southeast region, such as the United States Forest Service, National Park Service, State Parks, and conservation-based non-profits. Projects vary but include trail construction and maintenance, ecosystem restoration, habitat restoration, fire fuels reduction, fencing on public lands, invasive weed removal, herbicide applications, and many others. The project work is manual labor based and most projects require a hike into and out of the project site daily carrying tools and a day pack.  

 

Crews work in frontcountry and backcountry locations in all types of weather conditions. Schedules may vary, but generally are 9 days on and 5 days off for camping crews. Workdays are 10-hour shifts with scheduled breaks throughout the day. Depending on project work and location, other schedule variations may be implemented. While the staff at SECC works to provide consistency throughout the season, personal flexibility is expected and should be prepared for when entering the term as schedules, times, and work locations are subject to change per project needs.   

 

SECC is an independent, non-residential program. Assistant Crew Leaders are responsible for finding and attaining their own housing when not in the field. On-hitch crews prepare all their own meals and work together as a group to complete all necessary chores. Community/camp chores will be completed every evening, with many evenings including group discussions, conservation and/or corps related topics. The Assistant Crew Leader must supply their own personal outdoor gear and equipment such as a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, day pack, multi-day pack, work pants, hiking/work boots, etc. SECC will provide group camp equipment, tools, protective gear and transportation between SECC Office and project sites.  

 

Position Summary:

The Assistant Crew Leader (ACL) is responsible for facilitating a positive Crew Member experience.  The ACL is a full partner in the crew’s leadership, helping to communicate directions, projects specifications and constructive criticism throughout the term.  This position requires open dialog with the Staff Crew Leader; helping them to manage projects, project partners communications, overall logistics, and crew assignments.    

It means more than just showing up and doing the work, it means setting an example of how to work hard with great enthusiasm through all kinds of conditions while practicing good judgement and safety. It means facilitating learning experience for Crew Members, both formally and informally.  This position requires mentorship, patience, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, a high level of comfort in the outdoor and additional participation time outside of standard project and crew hours.  

 

This position will be coached and mentored by an SECC Staff Crew Leader. ACLs are responsible for maintaining SECC’s high standards for technical work and hands-on member growth, managing projects and implementing feedback among crew members. The ACL Position is a key development opportunity designed to identify and overcome challenges in leadership through a hands-on leadership role in conjunction with close mentorship from the Staff Crew Leader. Qualified candidates will identify growth plans and assist the Staff Crew Leader in administrative functions.

 

 

 

General Qualifications:    

To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 29, and a US citizen that has received a high school diploma or GED. All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award.  

 

 

 

 

 


Required Skills

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of employment and ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting
  • Willingness to commit fully to the program and its mission
  • Leadership experience with youth or young adults.
  • Excellent organizational & communication skills
  • Strong time-management skills and ability to work independently as well as with others
  • Ability to manage all aspects of crew life and production effectively and efficiently within a hitch schedule
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment
  • Willingness to learn and be a part of a dynamic community of peer leaders
  • Must be adaptive, patient, and able to maintain a positive perspective throughout
  • Technical trail construction and maintenance experience
  • Physically fit and able to work long days in adverse conditions
  • Experience with backpacking, wilderness living and travel, LNT principles
  • High School diploma or GED certificate
  • Must be 21+ OR have a clean driving record for 3+years (insurable by SECC) and a current driver’s license

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with SECC or other conservation corps or youth corps
  • Experience with experiential and/or environmental education
  • Facilitation and team-building experience with diverse groups of people
  • Desire to work on a variety of conservation-based projects
  • Strong conflict resolution skills
  • Current and relevant certification in Wilderness Medicine (WFA, WAFA, WFR) with CPR/AED
  • Willingness and/or experience in Disaster Response 
  • Chainsaw experience in a professional setting
  • Relevant Bachelor’s Degree
  • Sense of humor, spirit of adventure, and desire to make a positive difference and promote leadership in others

 

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.

  • Frequently required to walk, hike, sit and talk or listen
  • Required to use hands to operate objects, tools or controls, and to reach with hands and arms
  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and the ability to focus
  • Required to drive an SECC vehicle
  • Must be able to speak, understand, read and write English
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

 

Required Skills:

Leadership & Mentorship

  • Manage, supervise, and lead the day-to-day details of project work
  • Implement skills training on worksite and facilitate intentional discussions via informal lessons to contribute to the crew’s personal growth and group dynamics
  • Promote individual corps member development and a healthy, supportive community
  • Develop plan for personal and professional growth under mentorship of Staff Crew Lead
  • Must be willing to follow and enforce all SECC policies, maintain professional boundaries, and appropriately represent Southeast Conservation Corps

Project Management & Implementation

  • Train and motivate a crew of six to eight young adults to complete conservation projects efficiently on public lands
  • Delegate project work & investment among crew
  • Manage on-the-ground quality and quantity of project work
  • Think critically to resolve issues and solve problems
  • Communicate effectively & coordinate logistics with project partners, Staff Crew 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 and equipment safely in SECC’s vans or large vehicles with trailers

Administration

  • As delegated by Staff Crew Leader, complete professional documentation of time sheets, daily and weekly reports, corps member and peer evaluations, disciplinary action forms, incident reports, etc., and submit in a timely manner
  • Responsible for all project related outcomes and deliverables

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
  • 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 and equipment safely in SECC’s vans or large SUVs with trailers

 Environmental Ethics

  • Learn, practice, and teach ‘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 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

 

Substance Free

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

 

This program is available to all eligible applicants, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, sexual orientation or religion.

 

To Apply: Complete the Application, upload cover letter and resume.

 

Any questions can be addressed to:

Kelsey Durr

Field Supervisor

kdurr@conservationlegacy.org

 

 

This position is located at 2001 N. Chamberlain Ave STE 400, Chattanooga, TN. View the Google Map in full screen.



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