South Carolina Forest Management / Fire Corps Crew Member
Title: South Carolina Forest Management/Fire Crew Member
Start/End Date: October 17th, 2022 – April 30th, 2023
Stipend: $400/week plus an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award of $3,247
Status: 900-Hour AmeriCorps Service Term
Location: Camp Barstow, SC - located along beautiful Lake Murray near the town of Batesburg, SC and approximately an hour's drive from Columbia, SC
The mission of Conservation Corps North Carolina (CCNC) is to empower young adults through meaningful outdoor work that benefits North Carolina’s land and water and creates healthy communities. CCNC is a program of Conservation Legacy that partners with public land managers in North Carolina. CCNC engages motivated young adults (ages 18-30) to complete challenging and impactful conservation service projects throughout the region. Projects may include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, hazard fuel reduction, prescribed burning, and ecological restoration. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.
- Housing: Shared crew cabin at Camp Barstow
- Conservation Legacy Employee Assistance Program
- Food budget while on project
- Training and potential opportunities for the following certifications:
- Wilderness First Aid
- S-212 Chainsaw
- ICS-100 Introduction to ICS
- IS-700 NIMS Introduction
- S-130 Basic Wildland Firefighting
- S-190 Basic Wildland Fire Behavior
- L-180 Human Factors in Wildland Fire Service
- FFT2 (Firefighter Type 2 – crew member)
- FAL2 (Intermediate (B) Faller)
- S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior
- Direct experience on prescribed burns with a variety of public land managers throughout the state of North Carolina
- AmeriCorps Segal Education Award upon successful completion of term. The education award may be used to pay educational expenses at eligible post-secondary institutions, including many technical schools, or to repay qualified student loans
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a program that is a partnership between Conservation Corps North Carolina and North Carolina State University Natural Resources Foundation. Participants will be part of a six to eight-member crew that will work on forest management projects that protect wildlife habitat, working lands, military bases, and the Southeast’s longleaf pine forest ecosystem. The program will provide education, certifications, and on-the-job experience that will help participants pursue a variety of natural resource management careers. The crew will partner with the South Carolina Forestry Commission, the United State Forest Service, and the North Carolina Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on projects that benefit public agencies and private landowners across South Carolina.
Service projects will include timber stand improvement, prescribed fires on private and public lands, trail maintenance, and various other projects. Chainsaws, brush cutters, hand tools and various fire equipment will be frequently used by this crew.
- Be between the ages of 18 and 30
- Must be a US Citizen
- High School Diploma or GED
- Pass Background Checks: All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex
- Be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award
- Offender Public Registry and Federal Criminal History Check
- Be able to pass an arduous pack test for FireFighter Type 2 (carry a 45-pound pack 3 miles under 45 minutes)
- Ability to work a flex (variable) schedule
- Associates degree with 1-year experience or bachelor’s degree in forestry, biology, ecology, natural resources management or related field
- Ability to operate and conduct field maintenance of vehicles and to recognize and avoid hazards associated with operating them.
- Ability to operate various types of hand and power tools and machinery in a safe and efficient manner.
- Ability to handle and maintain tools, equipment, and supplies in good working order for daily operation
- Ability to record and maintain data and keep monitoring records.
- Experience with prescribed or wildland fire
- Previous AmeriCorps experience
Position Work Schedule
Crew members will live, train, and work together as a team. Project work and schedules will vary depending on season. Typical projects will require the crew to live in tents or cabins on or close to project locations for a variety of periods of time. In general, the schedule will be 4-5 days per week, 8-10 hours per day and will include two paid fifteen-minute breaks and an unpaid half hour lunch break.
The program will begin an intensive two weeks of training focused on certifications and outdoor leadership skills. Informal training will continue throughout the term with on-the-ground skills training that will include things like tool maintenance, plant identification, and an overview of public land management agencies.
Supplies and Equipment
Crew members must supply their own personal outdoor gear equipment such as tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, day pack, multi-day pack, and work pants. CCNC will provide tools, food, group camp equipment (i.e., cook stove, water jugs), transportation to and from base camp to project locations, and Personal Protection Equipment (i.e., Nomex pants and shirt, $150 stipend for fire-rated work boots, helmet, leather gloves.)
Essential Responsibilities and Functions
- Represent CCNC, North Carolina State University, and AmeriCorps appropriately to the public
- Perform chainsaw work with an unwavering commitment to safety
- Use, maintain, and repair hand and power tools as necessary
- Operate heavy machinery as necessary
- Perform heavy manual labor related to environmental conservation and restoration projects
- Work long days outdoors in all types of weather
- Apply environmental conservation and restoration knowledge and outdoor living skills to all outdoor settings and work projects
- Support the creation of a positive team environment that nurtures personal growth
- Follow written and verbal instructions from supervisors and co-workers
- Commit to completion of all program activities, including conservation project work, education, training, and crew/team activities
Physical/Outdoor Skills and Fitness Requirements
- Sit, stand, walk, speak, and hear
- Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl for significant periods of time
- Safely lift 50 pounds on a routine basis
- Work in variable weather conditions at remote locations on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances
- Successfully pass the Arduous/Pack Test/3-mile hike with 45-pound pack in 45 minutes
- Remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed so as to remain generally healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries
- Live in a physically demanding, possible isolated environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several days. 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 6 hours, to reach the nearest advanced medical care.
Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Safety and Judgement Requirements
- Communicate danger to others in the form of a warning of danger others may encounter 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
- Perceive, understand, and follow directions by others so that appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques can be successfully executed to manage hazards - these directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or during the exposure to the hazard.
- Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in a variety of weather conditions
- Maintain proper dosage of any prescription medications without assistance from others
Participant Behavior Expectations
- Communicate ideas and concerns with a variety of people, including colleagues, landowners, and supervisor
- Resolve challenges with supervisor
- Resolve management problems independently or as delegated by natural resource staff
- Consult with supervisor to develop plans for resolution of unusual or complex problems
- Consult with supervisor on unusual or complex issues
- Make responsible day-to-day decisions that benefit the work of other crew members and the crew itself
- Implement detailed instructions to complete required tasks
- Work responsibly whether under close supervision or infrequent supervision
- Proactively support duties such as routine maintenance of equipment with help of a supervisor
- Positively interact with members of the crew, public agencies, and the general public
- Consult with supervisor in the event of unusual circumstances, problems or questions that falls outside of general management expectations
Learn and practice ‘Leave No Trace’ techniques
CCNC is a drug-free organization. Alcohol and illegal substances are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps/program activities and on CCNC, North Carolina State University, and program partner property.
This position is located in Batesburg, SC. View the Google Map in full screen.