Conservation Crew Member – Adult Camping Crew – Spring & Summer 2020

Southeast Conservation Corps

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Job Type AmeriCorps
Salary Details 300/Week
Deadline Feb 01, 2020

Location: Crew will be based out of Chattanooga, TN but will be camping and working out of TN, SC, AL, GA 

Start/end date: 2/16/2020 – 8/7/2020 (first week is 6-day field-based member orientation) 

Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt

Stipend: $300/week, paid biweekly. A $3,047.50 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program. 

Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible 

Other Benefits: Food & transportation provided while in the field overnight, uniform shirts, and personal protective equipment. Members will also receive orientations and trainings as available.  

Crew Structure: 1 Crew Leader, 1 Assistant Crew Leader, 6 Crew Members 

Southeast Conservation Corps:  
Empowering young adults to cultivate compassion, responsibility, and grit through community service, hard work, and environmental stewardship.  

Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC), a program of Conservation Legacy, is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization. SECC selects young adults, ages 18-30, to complete conservation work projects on public lands throughout the Southeast. SECC programs encourage environmental stewardship, foster community partnerships, and emphasize experiential learning. SECC serves a diverse population that is representative of the Southeast, including youth, graduates, veterans, and a cross-section of ethnicities and income levels. SECC is also an active member of the AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team (A-DRT), and as such, selected crews may be deployed on Disaster response projects for up to 30 days.  

Crews work in frontcountry and backcountry locations in all types of weather conditions. Schedules may vary, but generally are 9 days on and 5 days off. Depending on project work and location, other schedule variations may be implemented. While the staff at SECC works to provide consistency throughout the season, personal flexibility is expected and should be prepared for when entering the term as schedules, times, and work locations are subject to change per project needs.  

Crew Members are responsible for finding and attaining their own housing when not in the field. Crews prepare all their own meals and work together as a group to complete all necessary chores. Community/camp chores will be completed every evening, with many evenings including group discussions on conservation and/or corps related topics.

Position Summary:

AmeriCorps Crew Members (CM) will work effectively as member of crew, comprised of 6 Crew Members, 1 AmeriCorps Assistant Crew Leader, and 1 Staff Crew Leader. The crew will work primarily in partnership with the National Park Service (Natchez Trace, Southern Campaign of the American Revolution in South Carolina) and the US Forest Service (various National Forests). Crew Members perform heavy manual labor related to environmental conservation and restoration projects, work outdoors in all types of weather and successfully adapt to various climates, and camp overnight outdoors in wilderness areas near work sites for short or extended periods of time. Crew Members also effectively learn and apply new environmental conservation and restoration skills and outdoor living skills, actively participate in environmental education activities, practice appropriate safety procedures in all tasks assigned, and use, maintain and repair hand and power tools as necessary. 

SECC is an independent, non-residential program. The Crew Member must supply their own personal outdoor gear and equipment such as a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, day pack, multi-day pack, work pants, hiking/ work boots, etc. SECC will provide group camp equipment, tools, protective gear and transportation between SECC Office and project sites. 

General Qualifications:  

  • Must be between ages 18 and 30. 
  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and provide primary documentation to support this. 
  • Must be cleared through an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry, as well as state and federal Criminal History Checks.
  • Must have a high school diploma, GED, or agree to work toward attaining either during term of service (this is essential to obtaining and using the AmeriCorps Education Award).
  • No previous conservation experience required. 

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. 

  • Frequently required to walk, hike, sit and talk or listen. 
  • Required to use hands to operate objects, tools or controls, and to reach with hands and arms. 
  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. 
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and the ability to focus. 
  • Required to drive an SECC vehicle.
  • Must be able to speak, understand, read and write English.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

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 represent the Program and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all times. 

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 a distance of 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 others.  
• 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 (where appropriate) 
• Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project. Additionally, remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed so as 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 in excess of 12 hours, to reach the nearest advanced medical care. 

Substance Free 

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

This program is available to all eligible applicants, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, sexual orientation or religion. 


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