SECC Veteran's Fire Crew - National Park Service, Crew Member - Winter/Spring 2023
Title: Veteran's Fire Crew – National Park Service, Crew Member
Reports to: Crew Leader, Field Supervisor
Locations: Crew will be based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Project work will take place on land managed by the National Park Service
Season Dates: 01/16/2023 - 4/21/2023
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, meet Forest Service partners and personnel
Crew Structure: 1 Crew Leader, 1 Assistant Crew Leader, 6 Crew Members
Certifications: S130, S190, L180, IS100, IS700 (mix of online and classroom), S212 Chainsaw, CPR/ First Aid
Southeast Conservation Corps:
Engaging future leaders who protect, restore, and enhance our nation’s lands through community-based service.
Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC), a program of Conservation Legacy, is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization. SECC selects young adults, ages 18-30, to complete conservation work projects on public lands throughout the Southeast. 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, graduates, 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.
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. Projects vary but include trail construction and maintenance, ecosystem restoration, habitat restoration, fire fuels reduction, fencing on public lands, invasive weed removal, herbicide applications, and many others. The project work is manual labor based and most projects require a hike into and out of the project site daily carrying tools and a day pack.
While the staff at SECC works 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.
SECC is an independent, non-residential program. Crew Leaders are responsible for finding and attaining their own housing when not in the field. On-hitch 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, conservation and/or corps related topics. The Crew Leader 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.
Want to gain experience with prescribed firefighting? Want to connect with our National Park Service partners? Join our National Park Service Veterans Fire Crew!
SECC’s Veteran’s Fire Crew (VFC) is in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) to give you extensive training and certifications in wildland firefighting, chainsaw work, and first aid. While in this program, you will build your resume to apply for federal wildland fire jobs. This position will work with prescribed fire and 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 number of parks while you are on hitch. This work may include but is not limited to:
- Chainsaw Training
- Wilderness First Aid Certification
- Using drip torches
- Learning more about prescribed fire
- Professional development
- Learning about wildland fire engines
- Creating fire breaks
- Clearing fuels
This position will operate on a variable “hitch” schedule. 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.
The crew will tent camp in the field for the entire season. Workdays are typically 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 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.
- Be a military Veteran able to provide a DD214 upon interview.
- Be between the ages of 18 and 35.
- Able to pass the USFS arduous level pack test (3-mille hike with 45-pound pack within 45 minutes).
- Holds a high school diploma or GED.
- US Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency status.
- Flexibility, adaptability, and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment.
- 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.
- Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively in a variety of settings.
- Comfortable working in a field environment.
- Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (individuals are eligible if they have not already completed 2 full years of AmeriCorps service, or 4 AmeriCorps service terms, whichever comes first – please contact us if you are unsure of your eligibility).
- Pass background checks: all offers of positions are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and Federal and/or State criminal background check.
- Full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of employment and ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting.
- 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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