Position: Dolores River Restoration Crew Member
Dates: August 28th, 2017 – November 22nd, 2017
Description: Full Time, Temporary, Residential Program for the fall.
Location: Durango, CO
Living Stipend: $275/week
Trainings Provided: Wilderness First Aid Certificate through Desert Mountain Medicine, Southwest Conservation Corps Chainsaw Training, Dolores River Restoration Partnership Collaborative Training
AmeriCorps Award: AmeriCorps members are eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program, of $1,527.45
Requirements: Must be a US Citizen
TO APPLY: Visit http://sccorps.org/join/adult-crews/
Members age 18-26 complete invasive tree removal and riparian restoration activities on public and private lands along the Dolores River corridor in Southwest Colorado. The AmeriCorps DRRC is in its eighth year of existence as part of a large collaborative restoration initiative: the Dolores River Restoration Partnership (see: http://ocs.fortlewis.edu/drrp/default.htm) Projects will include: Tamarisk removal, habitat enhancement thinning projects, the potential for riparian planting, fencing and related activities. The collaborative nature of the program will find SCC crews training and working with partner corps programs (Canyon Country Youth Corps, Western Colorado Conservation Corps) on projects throughout the watershed.
The AmeriCorps DRRC consists of 6 Corpsmembers that are supervised by 2 Crew Leaders. This crew will work primarily residential schedules. The crew could camp for up to 9 days at a time in various weather conditions and then have 5 days off. While camping, crews are responsible for cooking meals and completing chores. When on a non-residential schedule members are required to find lodging. The AmeriCorps DRRC program requires members to be flexible!!!! Working 5 days on with 2 days off also is a possibility.
The AmeriCorps DRRC has a training component that prepares members for careers in resource management such as invasive species treatment and monitoring, riparian restoration, or wildland fire management in the public or private sector. Members will receive: Orientation to the project, riparian ecology basics, S-212 certification (SCC’s chainsaw operation and safety certification), chainsaw operation experience, Invasive Species identification and treatment modalities, herbicide application training and experience, exposure to large scale restoration projects, partners, and activities. Some members, if they independently arrange for it, can earn college credit for their participation.
AmeriCorps members earn a weekly stipend of $275/week with a $1,527 AmeriCorps Education Award following successful completion of the program
The DRRC Crew will attend a 5 day volunteer orientation (August 28th - September 1st). This will include a Wilderness First Aid training. Food is provided. This crew will head to saw training the following Monday.
AmeriCorps Program Overview – Better the land – Better yourself! Southwest Conservation Corps engages motivated young adults, ages 18 -25, to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects throughout Colorado and New Mexico. Projects may include, trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises. Our programs focus on place based learning, life skills development, conservation service work, appreciation of diversity, civic
responsibility, and career development. SCC also provides an opportunity for Corps members to learn about the local environment, environmental issues, and get introductions to recreation and resource management careers.
Commitment – AmeriCorps members must make a strong commitment to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training and national service. Members must commit to participating in all crew activities, including service days in local communities.
Safety -You will be expected to have a serious attitude toward safety all day and every day.
Professionalism – AmeriCorps members must be willing to appropriately represent the SCC Program and AmeriCorps.
Teamwork – AmeriCorps members must be willing to work hard and participate as part of a team.
Technology – The use of technology, including cell phones, iPods, MP3 players, and other battery powered devices is not allowed during all work, chore, group and meal times, as well as during de-rigs and rig-up. Corps members must agree that they will not use these types of technology while participating in these activities and realize that technology use is strictly regulated by SCC policy and by SCC staff and crew leaders.
Substance Free – In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol, tobacco and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and SCC activities and while on SCC property.
Fitness – AmeriCorps members are expected to complete projects that involve heavy lifting, hiking, and living outdoors for an extended period of time.
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
Safety and Judgment
Outdoor Skills and Fitness (where appropriate)
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