About the Utah Conservation Corps
The Utah Conservation Corps (UCC) is an AmeriCorps program dedicated to developing the conservation leaders of tomorrow. We’re a non-residential AmeriCorps program composed of AmeriCorps members, staff, and partners dedicated to service to our community, the environment, and regions requiring disaster response efforts. Additionally, as an organization, we seek to provide a more welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds and experience levels to ensure a healthy, vibrant, innovative, and sustainable corps. The UCC is committed to an inclusive culture of community and service and to recognizing and addressing our shortcomings. Our goal is to help our members become the conservation leaders of tomorrow.
- Field Office Locations:
- Cedar City
- Term of Service Dates February 22 – November 23
- hours & schedules vary from week to week with extended travel up to 10 days.
- Application: https://usu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9pj4OZvVFtZjvLg – This link will take you to an external website, please read the full position description before completing the application.
- Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
Crew Leaders (CLs) will lead 5–10 person crews on various conservation-related projects. CLs are responsible for facilitating a positive crew member experience by setting an example of enthusiasm throughout work and camp life. They provide leadership, mentorship, support, and training for their crew. They are expected to uphold and follow UCC’s values, ensure policies and procedures are followed, communicate with project partners, and record and report weekly project outcome data and other documentation.
We seek team members who:
- Are creative problem solvers
- Speak and act professionally, with a high level of maturity when faced with uncertainty and discomfort
- Have the ability to lead and to motivate self and others
- Communicate effectively
- Can adapt to changing circumstances
- Are passionate about conservation work
- Desire to provide mentorship for emerging conservation leaders
The CL term of service is approximately 9 months, spanning 3 field seasons (Spring, Summer, and Fall). This position involves frequent travel, camping, irregular hours, and a varying weekly schedule.
Projects & Schedule
UCC operates three 12-week field seasons throughout the year. The CL begins their term of service in the spring with intensive training in conservation, leadership, outdoor living, and Wilderness First Responder. The remainder of the Spring season is dedicated to development through experience, training, and peer-led project work. During this time, CLs become familiar with their responsibilities, learn proper tool use and techniques, and participate in conservation projects under the leadership of Field Logistics Technicians (FLTs) and other field staff.
Upon demonstration of essential competencies, CLs will receive an increase in their living stipend for the Summer and Fall seasons when they assume responsibility for leadership of their crew. CLs may be assigned to co-leadership duties, depending on project needs.
Crews serve on projects in a variety of locations. Field projects may be in the backcountry (hiking into the project site, camping away from a vehicle) or frontcountry (such as driving to the project site daily, camping at the vehicle, or non-camping lodging). Projects may also be urban (located in a city or town) or rural (located in national parks, forests, etc. with limited access to facilities and resources).
Project work may include (but is not limited to):
- Trail construction and maintenance
- Invasive species management, including herbicide application
- Habitat restoration
- Fence installation and repair
- Land management inventory and mapping
- National disaster response efforts
- Community service
- Recreation and facilities maintenance and construction
- Recreation signage repair
The schedules for crews in the field will change from project to project. Crews generally serve 10 hours a day (some days may be up to 12 hours including travel) on a 4-9 day “hitch” while camping in front and backcountry settings. Typically, crews will have 3-5 days off between hitches. Daily schedules will include two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute lunch. (The 30-minute lunch break does not count toward term of service hours.)
Conservation Project Management
- Ensure that UCC policies and procedures are followed at the project site, campsite, and during travel
- Conduct risk assessment and management at project and campsites
- Prepare crew members for project work and outdoor living, including working, camping, and traveling through inclement weather
- Lead crew to accomplish daily and weekly project outcomes
- Proactively communicate with field staff and project partners about project goals, progress, techniques, problems, etc.
- Equip the crew with essential information, tools, first aid kits, and supplies for assigned project work, travel, and camping
- Track, maintain, and repair tools and equipment
- Monitor rig and de-rig processes and procedures
Crew Member Mentorship
- Cultivate a safe and productive environment at work and camp
- Assist FLTs and field staff with Summer and Fall crew member training
- Provide in-field guidance, training, and direction to crew members
- Establish positive crew dynamics and a communicative atmosphere
- Foster a supportive learning environment
- Facilitate conflict management and resolution within the crew
- Document and report incidents and policy violations to field staff in an appropriate and timely manner
Documentation & Reporting
- Complete documentation and reporting on time and as assigned by field staff including, but not limited to:
- Weekly Progress Reporting
- Vehicle Inspection
- Daily Safety Logs
- Incident Reports
- Debrief Notes
- Tool and Equipment Logs
- Rig-up/De-rig Scheduling
Who Are You?
The UCC is for people who are passionate about the outdoors, conservation, service, and education. Our members have the opportunity to go new places, meet new people, learn new skills, explore careers, and connect with potential employers.
- Experience with group communication, conflict management & resolution
- Maturity & professionalism in an environment with irregular and changing schedules
- Self-motivated with a commitment to personal and professional growth
- Alignment to UCC’s mission and values of safety, service, community, inclusivity, positivity, and commitment
- 3 months leadership or supervisory experience in a team or crew-based setting
- Demonstrated outdoor/camping skills
- S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Eligible to enroll in an AmeriCorps term of service
- Pass a National Service Criminal History Check
- Trail maintenance and construction experience
- Chainsaw training and experience
- Previous experience in conservation corps, public lands management, or work in similar fields
- Ability to communicate professionally and effectively with administrators, supervisors, and peers
- Experience working with and demonstrating leadership in diverse communities
Note: Participants must supply their own personal outdoor gear and equipment such as a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, day pack, multi-day pack, work pants, work boots, etc. Members are eligible for a uniform reimbursement up to $150. A recommended gear-list will be provided prior to starting the term of service. UCC will provide project tools, personal protective gear, crew kitchen kit (stove, fuel, cooking and serving supplies) and transportation to and from projects. UCC participants are eligible for pro-deals.
Why Join Us?
Through this experience, you will find a new level of hard work and determination by working long hours, oftentimes in challenging conditions. You’ll learn what it really means to be part of a team. You will create friendships and connections that will last a lifetime. In the end, you will gain the confidence and knowledge that you can and will conquer the hardest obstacles life throws at you.
All crew members will be trained in safe and proper tool use and maintenance, project techniques and management, backcountry, and outdoor living. Training topics and certifications may include chainsaw and hand tool use, project techniques, and first aid. Members will also have the opportunity to network with project partners, thereby developing possible future employment opportunities.
Compensation & Benefits
- AmeriCorps living allowance of $1,350 paid 2x per month during training (Feb-May); Increased to $1,500 paid 2x per month (June-Nov); total $27,450. Note: this is taxable income.
- Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, $6,895.00 (available upon successful completion of term)
- Learn more about how you can use your Education Award https://americorps.gov/members-volunteers/segal-americorps-education-award
- Health Insurance benefit of up to $100 a month on new plans through the Marketplace on gov
- Professional Development Training Fund: $250.00 available for use during term of service for approved conservation skills and leadership trainings
- Forbearance on qualifying student loans while in service
- Conservation leadership experience
- Wilderness First Responder Certification (~$800 value)
- Chainsaw training with the option to qualify through UCC National USFS Chainsaw Program as an A Faller (apprentice sawyer)
- Utah Non-Commercial Pesticide Applicator License
- Member Assistance Program (a mental wellness program)
- $150 reimbursement uniform reimbursement (boots/pants) for a 1700hr term
Click link below to complete UCC Crew Leader Application:
You are required to attach a resume and cover letter to your online application.
**Cover letters should describe the following:
- Why you want to serve with Utah Conservation Corps
- Your experience working within a group, including leadership roles (leadership does not need to be a paid position)
- Other qualifications relating to the Crew Leader position
When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.
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