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Climate Forestry Crew Member

Conservation Corps North Carolina

Bahama, North Carolina

Job Type AmeriCorps
Salary Details $500/Week & $220/Week Housing Stipend
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Climate Forestry Crew Member

Location: Based out of Bahama, NC but will be camping and working on various locations across North Carolina.

Season Dates: July 29th, 2024 – September 27th, 2024

Status: Full-time, seasonal 300-hour AmeriCorps National Service position

Compensation: $720 total ($500 Living Allowance, $220 Housing Allowance) paid bi-weekly, including an $1,459.26 Segal Education Award upon completion of program.

Hitch Schedule: 9 days on, 5 days off

Questions? Contact Stephanie Dunton at sdunton@conservationlegacy.org

**You must upload a resume in addition to your application**

Conservation Corps North Carolina:   

The mission of Conservation Corps North Carolina (CCNC) is to empower young adults through meaningful outdoor work that benefits North Carolina’s land and water and creates healthy communities. 

CCNC is a program of Conservation Legacy that partners with public land managers in North Carolina to engage motivated young adults (ages 18-30) to complete challenging and impactful conservation service projects throughout the region. Projects may include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, hazard fuel reduction, and ecological restoration. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.

Position Summary: 

This crew member position is an exciting opportunity to work with The Nature Conservancy on climate-resilience centered conservation projects across the state of North Carolina. Project will include different methods of vegetation management guiding forest resilience to become more fire adapted as the climate warms and wildfire becomes more likely. This work will benefit the forests and other forest ecosystems and critical breeding habitat for amphibians. Management methods will include hack and squirt, cut stump, and backpack spraying as well as removal by hand, brush cutter, and chainsaw.

The crew will occasionally be in wet and difficult to traverse terrain, and potentially in high temperatures and humidity. Participants will get to understand the habitat dynamics and management needs of ephemeral wetlands and will be introduced to several management techniques. Participants will get to work in some of the most beautiful longleaf forests remaining in North Carolina.

Schedule and Crew Life: 

This CCNC crew will consist of 3 crew members and 1 crew leader who provides project expertise, mentorship, training, and support for the success of all participants. Field Crews will meet at Camp Slocum (located north of Durham, NC), travel in a crew vehicle to their project site and remain in the field for 9 days at a time, followed by 5 days off. While in the field, Crew Members work 8-10 hours a day. Each workday includes two fifteen-minute breaks and a half-hour lunch break. 

Food is provided while in the field. Crews work together to plan meals and complete all necessary chores. We can accommodate most dietary restrictions. Camp chores will be completed every evening, with many evenings including group discussions on conservation topics. 

CCNC supports a culture of feedback and growth. Crew Members will set goals at the beginning of the season and review their performance through both self-evaluation and a review with their Crew Leader in the middle and at the end of their season. Evaluations will cover topic areas including Professionalism, Responsibility, Leadership, Communication, Community Engagement, Project Work, Safety, Organization, and Equipment. Crew Members will also be asked to evaluate their Crew Leaders’ performance, the overall program, and their experience at the end of their term. 

Expectations:
CCNC is an independent, non-residential program. Crew members are responsible for their own housing, food, and transportation when not in the field unless otherwise specified.  Some equipment is available to borrow throughout the season, but Crew Members are asked to supply as much of their own personal gear as possible. A gear list is provided upon acceptance into the program. In addition to providing food while in the field, CCNC will provide group camp equipment, tools, protective gear, and transportation between Camp Slocum and project sites.

Crew Members are asked to work hard, stay positive, and be flexible with changing schedules, weather conditions, and project needs. This is a seasonal position; Crew Members are asked to fully commit to the experience, expectations, and timeline. 

Onboarding:

Once Crew Members are selected and prior to their start date, they are required to complete an online enrollment process that includes completing e-forms, uploading IDs, enrolling with AmeriCorps, and beginning their background check process. For those with limited access to online platforms, accommodations may be available and can be discussed during the interview process. 

 Benefits

  • $720 total ($500 Living Allowance, $220 Housing Allowance) 
  • AmeriCorps Segal Education Award upon successful completion of service term (can be used for paying off federal student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college) 
  • Members may be eligible for student loan forbearance.
  • Member Assistance Program– 3 free sessions of support with a counseling or work-life balance specialist 
  • Uniform shirts, helmet, work gloves, eye protection, and other necessary safety equipment is provided 
  • Leadership-focused, on-the-job training 
  • Assistance may be available for loaning Crew Members the outdoor gear needed to participate
  • Depending upon the academic institution and program, Crew Member positions may fulfill internship requirements
  • Professional development opportunities (mentorship, resume support, alumni listserv, etc.) 
  • Exposure to natural resource career paths and opportunities 

Required Qualifications: 

  • Chainsaw certification equivalent to A-bucker or higher
  • Wilderness First Aid certification or higher
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 30 (exception for Veterans up to age 35) 
  • Have US Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency status. 
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Pass background checks: all offers of positions are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and Federal and/or State criminal background check
  • Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (individuals are eligible if they have not already completed 2 full years of AmeriCorps service, or 4 AmeriCorps service terms, whichever comes first – please contact us if you are unsure of your eligibility)
  • Ability to work 8-10 hours outdoors in heat
  • Willingness to work with power tools and herbicide

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Previous corps or crew experience
  • Experience in camping
  • Adaptability
  • Professionalism
  • Community-Building ethic 

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 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 always represent the Program and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners. 

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 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   
  • 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

  • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project. Additionally, remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed 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 more than 12 hours, to reach the nearest advanced medical care. 

To Apply:
To be considered, a resume must be attached to the application. Submitting a cover letter is optional.

Substance Free  

In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization  

"Conservation Legacy is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, political affiliation, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during application or recruiting process, please send a request to the hiring manager."

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit an application and a resume here. A cover letter is not required. 

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Forestry, General / Stewardship
Tags Conservation Corps, Climate Change