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SECC Kentucky Disaster and Fire Crew - Winter/Spring 2023


Americorps Crew

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2001 N Chamberlain Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Title: Kentucky Disaster and Fire Crew, Crew Member

Reports to: Crew Leader, Field Supervisor

Duty Station: London Ranger District (761 S Laurel Rd, London, KY 40744)

Locations: Crew will be based out of Berea/Richmond, Kentucky. Crew work will take place in Kentucky. Must live within 1 hour of duty station.

Season Dates: 02/06/2023 - 08/04/2023

Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt

Wages: $600 per week, paid biweekly. A $3,172.50 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program

Trainings: S-212 (chainsaw training), S130, S190, IS-100, IS700, Wilderness First Aid, Red Card - from Work Capacity Test.

Hitch Schedule: Highly variable. This program will operate on many different schedules. For example, work 9 days on - 5 days off, work 4 days on - 3 days off, or 5 days on – 2days off. Schedule will shift based upon project and partner needs and will include group camping.

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

Research shows that members of marginalized groups – including women, LGBTQIA+ identifying people, Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) – tend to apply to jobs only if they meet every single requirement listed. Here at Southeast Conservation Corps, we want the best candidates for the job, and those candidates don’t always meet 100% of the requirements listed. If you are passionate about uniting, empowering, and celebrating diverse communities for all and breaking down barriers for equity, we encourage you to apply – especially if you’re a member of a structurally marginalized group. We look forward to your application.

Position Summary:

Want to gain skills in natural resource management while being part of an innovative, intentional space? Join our Kentucky Disaster and Fire Crew.

In this 6-month program, members will engage in a variety of natural resource management and disaster mitigation activities, including prescribed burns and related wildland fire project work. You will have the opportunity to perform hands-on work in Kentucky that increases landscape and resident preparedness for disasters. This program provides an open and supportive space for members to work with, learn from, and grow alongside one another and federal agency partners. You will gain leadership and technical skills, engage in professional development opportunities through trainings and certifications related to fire, natural resource management, and disaster mitigation.  Project work may include:

  • Prescribed burns / fuels reduction and management
  • Habitat restoration and fencing
  • Invasive species removal/re-vegetation
  • Trail construction and trail maintenance
  • Disaster response
  • Disaster preparedness

Hitch Schedule:  

This position will operate on a variable “hitch” schedule. Workdays follow a 10-hour shift with scheduled time for breaks. While the staff at SECC 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 include 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 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. 
  • 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 up to 35 if a military veteran
  • Able to pass the arduous level pack test. (
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and working in a fast-paced team driven by innovation and entrepreneurial approaches.
  • A general comfort and previous knowledge of working/living in an outdoor setting
  • 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)
  • Experience with BIPOC communities
  • Strong interest in a future career in natural resources, environmental science, parks and recreation, or conservation.

AmeriCorps members will receive an AmeriCorps living stipend of $600 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.   


  • Food & transportation provided while in the field overnight
  • Trainings: S-212 (chainsaw training), S130, S190, IS-100, IS700, Wilderness First Aid, Red Card - from Work Capacity Test.
  • $600/week, paid bi-weekly  
  • Diversity and inclusion training for all employees.
  • Flexible work arrangements to enable you to meet the requirements of your role in a way that’s right for you
  • Member Assistance Program – 3 free sessions of support with a counseling or work-life balance specialist 
  • Uniform shirt and other necessary safety equipment is provided 
  • On-the-job training 
  • Additional subject-specific trainings will be offered internally and externally
  • Depending upon the academic institution and program, this position may fulfill internship requirements 
  • Professional development opportunities (mentorship, resume support, alumni listserv, etc.) and exposure to natural resource career paths 

*Housing is NOT provided for this 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. 

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, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, genetic information, and military service. Where a significant portion of the population eligible to be served needs services or information in a language other than English, the recipient shall take reasonable steps to provide written material of the type ordinarily available to the public in appropriate languages.

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 Avenue, Chattanooga, TN. View the Google Map in full screen.