Work location(s): Projects take place in close proximity to Flagstaff, Arizona, including Coconino National Forest.
Start date: May 19, 2017
End Date: November 10, 2017
Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a national, nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to providing professional development opportunities to young adults interested in pursuing careers in forest/land management and environmental stewardship.
ACE Southwest, based out of Flagstaff, Arizona is seeking young individuals (ages 18 25) from all backgrounds to perform hand-thinning and forest fuels reduction activities in designated project areas of Coconino National Forest.
This 25-week professional development position will serve as an excellent opportunity for emerging forestry managers and professionals seeking hands-on experience with hazardous fuel treatment and reduction activities. Successful candidates will be provided job skills training, educational seminars and network opportunities throughout their commitment.
Due to the rugged and steep terrain in the region, the project area has historically not been targeted for fuels reduction treatment. The region is at high risk of a catastrophic wildfire event without appropriate fuels reduction treatment, which would result in severe economic, social and ecological consequences for the City of Flagstaff.
These emerging forestry professionals will be responsible for hand-thinning approximately 100 acres within Coconino National Forest. This project will help protect Flagstaff's surrounding watersheds and build local community resilience to catastrophic forest fire and post-fire flood impacts.
Position Roles and Responsibilities:
This position entails the following -
Applicants accepted into this professional development program will serve and complete a 900 hour (25 week) AmeriCorps commitment. Successful applicants will serve on an 8-person saw crew, working 80 hours and camping over 8 or 9 consecutive days, followed by 6 days-off. Corps Members will also be involved with the development, recruitment and implementation of forest fuels reduction-related, volunteer service events in the local Flagstaff community.
Members will participate in a Wilderness First Aid course and S-212 Chainsaw Equivalent training course upon entry to the organization. Members will be exposed to industry professional guest speakers during off-days and have the opportunity to participate in a S-130/S-190 training course.
Qualifications and Requirements: Applicants must have an established interest in forestry, land management and/or environmental stewardship. Applicants must be willing to undertake arduous physical work with a positive mindset in all types of weather and terrain. Applicants also must be able to communicate and problem solve in a team-oriented environment to accomplish project goals.
Throughout their term of service Members are expected to:
Physical Requirements -
Remuneration: Members will receive a bi-weekly living stipend of $220.00 and will earn a $2,865.00 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of service. This Education Award can be used towards school loans and/or future educational pursuits. ACE will provide free meals during all project days as well as free housing in Flagstaff during project off-days.
Application deadline: May 1, 2017
Applicants must follow all application instructions in order to be considered for this opportunity. Qualified individuals with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals and conduct all activities in fully accessible settings. American Conservation Experience is an equal opportunity employer.
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