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Veteran Fire Corps - Corpsmember

Southwest Conservation Corps

Durango and Salida ,  Colorado

Title: Veterans Fire Corps- Corpsmember                                                   

Date: April 10th – August 21st 2017                                      

Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Non-exempt                             
Location: Based out of Durango, CO or Salida CO. Works throughout the Southwest including, but not limited to, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico.

Salary: $375/week and $2199.92 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of program
Benefits: Food provided while in the field, uniforms, certifications, and trainings.

Deadline:  Open until filled.

The Southwest Conservation Corps' Veterans Fire Corps program provides training and on-the-job experience for post 9-11 era veterans interested in entering into careers and gaining experience in natural resource management.

The program engages participants in a cohort environment in which a team of recent era veterans works together to train and complete natural resource management projects, specifically related to fire fuels management and fuels reduction. Project work and schedules will vary depending on region and season. Projects require members to camp and live on project locations for up 8 days at a time, followed by 6 days off. SCC has also taken on a role as a part of the larger AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team, and as such, some crews may get deployed on Disaster response projects for up to 30 days. 

Trainings will focus on gaining conservation and forestry skills, specifically the use of hand tools and the operation of chainsaws. Members will go to Colorado Fire Camp and 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 Wilderness First aid and CPR (WFA) certificates. 

Additionally, the program aims to provide background knowledge and introductory training in Wildland firefighting. The program assists veterans in their transition to civilian careers by providing contact with potential future employers and trainings in applying for federal land management jobs.

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, ONO, OCO, 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 have a DD214. Crews are generally comprised of individuals 21-37 years of age who have minimal financial and/or personal commitments.

To Apply:

  • Complete the CM Application, upload cover letter and resume at:

  • Any questions can be addressed to:

 Ryan Brink, Program Coordinator SCC – Durango


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