Women's+ Fire Mitigation Crew - Los Valles
Position: Women's+ Wildland Fire Mitigation Crew
Start/ End dates: 8/23/2022 – 11/11/2022
Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program
Location: Salida, CO
Ages: 18 – 30
Benefits: $1,374.60 300 hr AmeriCorps Education Award (Value may change depending on term of service), Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment. USFS recognized Chainsaw & Crosscut certification, Wilderness First Aid & CPR/AED certification, S-130, S-190, S-212
About the Position
Southwest Conservation Corps is running a fire mitigation crew this fall. Crew members will go through S-212 chainsaw training to work on fuels reduction and mitigation projects to help protect communities from the threat of forest fires. Crew members will also work towards completing coursing in basic wildlands fire behaviors, S-130 and S-190, necessary certifications to receive their red card for future fire deployment. This is great crew for those interested in learning more or those who want to pursue careers in wildland fire fighting!
Our affinity crews create an inclusive space for groups that have been under-represented to gain hands-on experience, technical skills training, and professional development. These crews foster a safer, more comfortable learning environment where participants can maximize their opportunities to grow and develop while gaining certifications to propel them into a career in environmental stewardship. The term “Women’s+” aims to be inclusive of trans, non-binary, genderfluid individuals, and cis women.
This crew will consists of 6 members and 2 leaders. This crew will earn certifications and complete courses in wildland firefighting such as S-130, S-190, S-212, and Wilderness First Aid. Crews serve and camp for 8 days at a time in either frontcountry (access to your crew vehicle and trailer) locations in all types of weather conditions. You will serve as a member of the crew; perform heavy manual labor, and complete conservation projects using a variety of manual and power tools. You will a participate in environmental education activities. Risk management is of utmost importance, and all procedures must be followed at all times.
Projects include hazardous fuels reduction, corridor clearing, habitat restoration and fencing, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.
Schedules generally are 8-days on and 6 off. There is a possibility you could serve 5-days on and 2-days off, or a variation of schedules requiring all AmeriCorps crew members to show flexibility. SCC does not provide housing on your off days.
All crews will go through an unpaid, 5-day orientation. Food and space to camp is provided for this training
Required Skills & Experience
Full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of your service term and ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting is required. Religious and Medical Exemptions are available.
- To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30
- Identifying as a trans/cis woman, genderfluid, or non-binary individuals
- Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs
- A US citizen that has received (or on track to receive) 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.
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.
Participant and Expedition Behavior
- Serve effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions
- Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program
- Desire to participate in a female identifying crew and culture
- Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of any kind
- Appropriately represent SCC and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all time
Risk Management and Judgement
- Effectively follow direction by others, so that you will be able to successfully manage hazards
- Ask clarifying question when you do not understand a task
- Maintain focus during day, both while traveling and serving in varied weather conditions.
- If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage without assistance from others.
Environmental Ethics & Outdoor Skills
- Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living and skills as appropriate to the project.
- Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks
- In accordance with a drug free program, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and SCC activities, and while on organization property.
SCC Los Valles equity is a core value. To put power behind this statement, we prioritize and encourage opportunities for Black, Indigenous, Queer, Trans, and Women of Color (QTBIPOC). Interested candidates are encouraged to contact email@example.com for inquiries.
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