SECC Winter Veteran's Fire Crew - United States Forest Service - Winter/Spring 2023
Title: Veteran's Fire Crew – United States Forest Service, Crew Member
Reports to: Crew Leader, Field Supervisor
Duty station – Villanow Work Center- Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
Season Dates: 1/16/23- 10/6/23
Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt
Wages: $600 per week, paid biweekly. A $3,247.50 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, housing is provided.
Crew Structure: 2 crew leaders, 8 crew members.
The Southeast Conservation Corps' Veterans Fire Corps (VFC) program provides training and on-the-job experience for recent-era veterans, ages 18-35, interested in entering careers and gaining experience in wildland fire, and prescribed fire utilized for natural resource management.
The program engages participants in a cohort environment in which a crew of Veterans and non-Veterans work together to train and complete projects related primarily to “fuels management” which will include prescribed burning and wildland firefighting. Members should expect work to vary depending on region and season. In addition to fire, projects may include a variety of interdisciplinary work pertaining to natural resource management as needed.
Comfort with ambiguity and working on a fast-paced team is a must with this position as schedules and work change often. When working locally, the schedule is typically 4 days on, followed by 3 days off. Hitches require members to camp 4-7 days at a time, followed by a pre-determined number of days off. When on AD status, the crew will work on the Fireline for 14-21 days plus travel on each end.
Note: When camping on a project location is required, members will camp, travel, work, and eat as a crew. No drug or alcohol consumption allowed during work related travel at any time.
Members will earn the following trainings and certifications:
- S130: Firefighter Training
- S190: Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior
- S-211: Portable Pumps & Water Use
- S212: Wildland Fire Chainsaws
- S-219: Firing Operations
- S-131: Firefighter Type 1
- S-260: Interagency Incident Business Management
- S-270: Basic Air Operations
- S-290: Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior
- L-180: Human Factors in Wildland Fire Service
- I-100: Intro to Incident Command System
- IS-700: National Incident Management System
- First Aid/CPR certificates
- Members must pass the Arduous Work Capacity (PACK) Test within the first two weeks of the season to participate in this program
Wildland firefighting demands a high level of fitness to work in difficult environmental conditions, including steep terrain, extreme temperatures, altitude, and smoke. Crews are generally comprised of individuals 21-35 years of age who have minimal financial and/or personal commitments.
This program will provide practical, hands-on training and certifications related to natural resource management and wildland firefighting. The program is comprehensive and intentionally structured to prepare Veterans to transition into civilian careers focused on wildland firefighting. Additional opportunities such as repeated networking with Federal employees and training on the federal land management application process is also included in this program.
- 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 $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.
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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