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SECC Urban Archeology Crew Member - Fall 2022


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2001 N Chamberlain Ave, Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Title: Urban Archaeology Crew Member 

Reports to: Crew Leader, Field Supervisor 

Locations: Crew will be based out ofChattanooga, Tennessee. Project work will take place within Cumberland Island National Seashore  

Season Dates: Fall 2022, September 12th, 2022 – November 11th, 2022

Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt 

Wages: $400 per week, paid biweekly. A $1,342.86 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program 

Benefits: Food & transportation provided while in the field overnight, uniform shirts, and personal protective equipment. National Park Service (NPS) housing provided while on Cumberland Island. Members will also receive orientations and trainings 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, and military veterans up to age 35, to complete conservation work projects on public lands throughout the Southeast. 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. 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, young adults, 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.    


Position Summary: 

SECC’s Urban Archaeology Crew will be working with Cumberland Island National Seashore to conduct archaeological monitoring, survey, excavation of archaeological resources, and sometimes as part of technical assistance rendered to other non-NPS heritage partners. Fieldwork includes locating prehistoric and historic sites, recording archaeological and environmental data, maintaining essential field documentation, and reporting the information collected. The project will vary but include shovel testing, pedestrian survey, open excavations, back filling, artifact processing, and use of hand tools to remove vegetation. Laboratory work includes production of field catalogs and inventories of archaeological data, washing and sorting artifacts, analyzing artifacts, and field data, producing maps and drawings, database entry, and cataloging. In addition to archaeological work, projects may include some interdisciplinary work pertaining to natural resource management depending on the needs of the partnering agency. 


Crew members will be carrying field packs 20 pounds or more across uneven ground and surfaces along with exposure to the environment. Members need to be comfortable with long hikes in all types of weather conditions and MUST be able to carry work equipment, personal equipment, and at least one gallon of water. 


The schedule for the Urban Archaeology Crew will be four weeks in the field, followed by one week of unpaid time off, then returning to the field for an additional four weeks. Members will be expected to report to the SECC office in Chattanooga on the first day. Transportation from the office to Cumberland Island National Seashore will be provided. Driving of personal vehicles into the field is not permitted. 


The crew will tent camp in the field for the entire eight-week season if park housing is not available. Workdays are typically 8-10 hours with scheduled breaks throughout the day. Depending on project work and location, other schedule variations may be implemented. While the staff at SECC and partners work 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.    


Expectations of an SECC Corpsmember: 

  • Expect to work long days in a frontcountry or backcountry location. Workdays will contain hiking and strenuous labor in remote settings in all weather conditions. 
  • SECC is a, non-residential program, meaning crew members are responsible for attaining and paying for their own housing when not in the field. 
  • 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 on conservation and/or corps related topics.  
  • Crew members are expected to 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 may be able to provide some assistance with gear/equipment, please discuss with Enrollment Specialist during interview.  SECC will provide group camp equipment, tools, protective gear and transportation between SECC office and project sites.  
  • While serving a term of National Service, SECC crews are expected to work in diverse team settings.  Respect for all members of the program, our partners, the public and the land they are visiting is expected.  
  • SECC expects members to represent the program in a professional manner.  Crew life will include our corps values of challenge, stewardship, dedication, community, integrity, and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).  
  • Members are expected to be timely, hardworking, flexible, and complete all functions of tasks assigned. 


Required Skills: 

 Minimum Qualifications:    

  • Must be between ages 18 and 30, or 35 if a military veteran 
  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and provide primary documentation to support this 
  • Must be cleared through an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry, as well as state and federal Criminal History Checks 
  • Must have a high school diploma, GED, or agree to work toward attaining either during term of service (this is essential to obtaining and using the AmeriCorps Education Award) 
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the first day of employment and able to provide proof of vaccination before starting 


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • A general comfort and previous knowledge of working/living in an outdoor setting 
  • Working towards, or have successfully completed, a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor’s degree with courses in anthropology, archaeology, or related field(s), as well as an archaeology field school. 


AmeriCorps members will receive an AmeriCorps living stipend of $400 per week before taxes, dispersed biweekly. Upon successful completion of the term of service AmeriCorps members will earn an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award to be used for student loans, qualifying programs/classes, or tuition for traditional Title IV accredited colleges.    


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.  


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 with 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 if available.  

Any questions can be addressed to:  

Jalen Holloway, Enrollment Specialist 



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