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Veterans Fire Corps Corpsmember-2020

at Conservation Legacy

Posted: 9/27/2019
Job Reference #: 1798
Categories: Other/General

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Veterans Fire Corps- Crewmember

Season Dates: January 6, 2020 – October 31, 2020 (10 months)

Status: Seasonal, Full-time, & exempt

Location: Home base for this crew will be the Villanow Work Center located within the Conasauga Ranger District of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, located in GA. Travel and project work throughout the Southeast including, but not limited to; Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi, with potential limited travel within the western United States under AD (Administratively Determined) status as determined by SECC and the US Forest Service.

Please note: Housing is NOT provided to members, SECC only provides accommodations (camping, bunk housing, etc.) when crew is traveling away from home base for overnight stays.

Salary: $555/week and $4,266 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of program.

Benefits: Paid certifications (see below) and trainings related to wildland firefighting, uniforms, personal protective safety equipment, crew food will be provided when working/camping away from home base area.

Application Deadline: December 2, 2019. However, applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

Full Position Description:

The Southeast Conservation Corps' Veterans Fire Corps (VFC) program provides training and on-the-job experience for post 9-11 era veterans, ages 18-35, interested in entering careers and gaining experience in natural resource management and wildland firefighting.

The program engages participants in a cohort environment in which a team of recent-era Veterans work together to train and complete natural resource management projects. While projects will focus on hazardous fuels/fuels reduction, one should expect work to vary depending on region and season. This may include a variety of interdisciplinary work pertaining to natural resource management as the agency partner and SECC deems appropriate.

Flexibility is a must with this position as schedules and/or work change often. For example, some projects will require members to work 5 days at a time with 2 days off, while other projects require members to camp and live on project locations for 8 - 14 days at a time, followed by a pre-determined amount of days off.

Note: When determined, camping on project location is required, this is mandatory, and members will camp, travel, work, and eat as a crew. No drug or alcohol consumption allowed during work related travel at any time.

Home base for this crew will be in the Villanow Work Center located within the Conasauga Ranger District of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, located in GA. Crew members and leaders will be required to live no more than a one-hour drive (or less) from this reporting site (12411 East Hwy 136, Lafayette, GA 30728). It is paramount that members understand commitment to this program will require flexibility with the work schedule since this crew will be roving throughout the Southeastern United States for the duration of the program.

Training will focus on gaining conservation and forestry skills, specifically the use of hand tools and the operation of chainsaws. At minimum, members will earn S130- Firefighter Training, S190- Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior, S212- Wildland Fire Chainsaws, IS100b- Intro to Incident Command System, and IS700a-National Incident Management System; as well as First Aid/CPR certificates. Members must pass the Arduous Work Capacity (PACK) Test at the beginning 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.

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 contact with potential future employers and training on the federal land management application process is also included in this program.

This AmeriCorps program is designed for veterans who separated from the military at any point after September 11th, 2001 (including but not limited to OIF, OEF, and GWoT veterans) who are interested in pursuing educational and professional development in resource management, wildland firefighting and other outdoor related fields. All applicants must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and must be able to provide a DD214 or NGB-22 upon interview. Crews are generally comprised of individuals 21-35 years of age who have minimal financial and/or personal commitments.

Skills and Qualifications:

To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 35 and a US citizen, US National, or permanent resident of the US that has received a high school diploma or GED. All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award. All Applicants must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces at any point after September 11, 2001 and have a DD214 or NGB-22.

Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements:

Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization. These requirements are written the same for all positions and therefore may not apply directly to your particular 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.

Environmental Ethics

  • Learn and practice ‘Leave no Trace’ techniques

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 and project partner property.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
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