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SECC Women’s+ Fire Crew – National Park Service - Winter/Spring 2023


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Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Title: Women’s+ Fire Crew – National Park Service 

Reports to: Crew Leader, Field Supervisor  

Locations: Crew will be based out ofChattanooga, TN but will be camping and working on various federal and private land agency locations across the southeast region. 

Season Dates:  1/16/23 - 4/21/23 

Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt  

Wages: $555 per week, paid biweekly. A $1,718.25 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program  

Hitch Schedule: Crew will work 40-80hr work schedules with time off in accordance to what schedule was worked. E.g. Work 8/10’s, get 6 days off, work 4/10’s, get 3 days off. Schedule will shift based upon partners needs.   

Benefits: Food & transportation provided while in the field overnight 

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

Certifications: S130 (Firefighter Training), S190 (Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior), L180, IS100, IS700 (mix of online and classroom), S212 Chainsaw, CPR/ First Aid 

Want to be part of an intentional, inclusive space while developing skills in fire? Join our Women’s+ Fire Crew!  

SECC’s Women’s+ Fire Crew (WFC+) is in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) will give you extensive trainings and certifications in wildland firefighting, chainsaw work, and first aid/cpr. The term Women’s+ is inclusive of trans, non-binary, genderfluid individuals, and cis women. The WFC+ crew provides an intentional and supportive space where folks work with, learn from, and grow alongside each other as members, gaining leadership and technical skills, engaging in professional development opportunities through trainings and certifications related to fire, natural resource management, and disaster mitigation. While in this program, you will also build your resume to apply for federal wildland fire jobs. Part of this position will be working with prescribed fire and working on non-fire related fuel reduction. Project work will take place in TN, GA, SC, FL, and AL. You will have the opportunity to visit and work in a diverse amount of parks while you are on hitch. This work may include but is not limited to:  

  • Using drip torches 
  • Learning more about prescribed fire 
  • Professional development  
  • Learning about wildland fire engines  
  • Creating fire breaks  
  • Clearing fuels 

Hitch Schedule:   Crew will work 40-80hr work schedules with time off in accordance to what schedule was worked. E.g. Work 8/10’s, get 6 days off, work 4/10’s, get 3 days off. Schedule will shift based upon partners needs.   

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 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
  • Members must pass the Arduous Work Capacity (PACK) Test within the first two weeks of the season to participate in this program (3-mille hike with 45-pound pack within 45 minutes). 
  • 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  
  • 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). 

AmeriCorps members will receive an AmeriCorps living stipend of $555 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 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 if available.   

Any questions can be addressed to:   

Jalen Holloway, Enrollment Specialist  


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