Field Logistics Technician

Utah Conservation Corps

Moab, Cedar City, Logan, Utah

Job Type AmeriCorps
Salary Details $1,100.00 Bimonthly

The Utah Conservation Corps (UCC) is an AmeriCorps program dedicated to developing the conservation leaders of tomorrow.

Field Office Locations: Logan, Cedar City, Moab, Utah

Term of Service Dates: February 1 – November 22, 2022

Schedule: Full-time commitment, hours & schedule vary week to week. Approximately 50% time in the field; 50% time in the field office. Percentages are general and are subject to change based on office and field needs throughout the year.

Application: Submit your application at https://www.usu.edu/ucc/apply/field-boss Application review will continue through January 2022. Positions open until filled.

POSITION OVERVIEW & TRAINING

The UCC Field Logistics Technician (FLT) position focuses on providing leadership and support to multiple UCC field crews and assisting UCC field staff in execution of seasonal trainings and logistical coordination. The FLT is an integral member of UCC field operations, ensuring that UCC field crews are adequately trained and prepared to perform high quality conservation service in a positive, safe, and productive environment. Support of field crews and operations may include (but is not limited to): working with crews at their project sites, assisting with training crew leaders and members, performing project site visits, managing logistics for standard and specialized crews, maintaining tools and equipment, data entry and administrative tasks in the field office, and assisting with crew member recruitment efforts. The FLT is also responsible for working alongside regional staff to develop positive, lasting relationships with project partners.

The UCC FLT term of service is approximately 10 months, spanning 3 field seasons (Spring, Summer, Fall). This position involves frequent travel, camping, irregular hours, and a varying weekly schedule. The FLT must have strong leadership and communication skills, flexibility, capacity for self-direction, a passion for conservation work, and a desire to provide mentorship to emerging conservation leaders.

The FLT begins their term of service in early spring, prior to UCC Crew Leader Candidates (CLC) beginning their service. During this time, FLT’s are oriented to their position and field office, and will assist regional staff with preparation for spring training. FLT’s will participate in the spring training period alongside CLC’s. After the spring training period, conservation projects will commence for the remainder of the spring season (March – May). Field Staff and FLT’s will provide extra attention to debriefing projects, helping CLC’s refine tool and project techniques, attending to areas of individual growth, and teaching the full responsibilities of the UCC Crew Leader position.

The Utah Conservation Corps supports FLT’s in gaining advanced conservation corps leadership experience and attaining high level technical skills training during their term, while interfacing with in-field operations and field office administration.

PROJECTS & SCHEDULE

UCC operates three 12-week field seasons over the course of the year. The spring season is dedicated to development of Crew Leaders through formal training and peer-led project work. During our summer and fall field seasons, multiple 5-person field crews are mobilized out of three field offices (Logan, Moab, and Cedar City) to address conservation efforts in Utah and the intermountain west.

FLT’s may or may not be on a typical ‘hitch’ schedule as outlined below. The FLT schedule is highly variable depending on field office and projects needs. The Field Logistics Technician position is an AmeriCorps term requiring a full-time, ten-month commitment.

Field projects may be backcountry (hiking into project site, camping away from vehicle) or front country (driving to project site daily, camping at vehicle, or possibility of non-camping accommodations provided). Projects may 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 will vary due to seasonality and environmental safety concerns. Projects may include (but are not limited to):

  • Trail construction and maintenance
  • Invasive species management, including herbicide application
  • Habitat restoration
  • Fence installation/repair
  • Land Management Inventory and Mapping
  • Fire fuels reduction
  • National Disaster Response efforts
  • Community service
  • Recreation and facilities maintenance and construction
  • Recreation signage repair

UCC crews and project work may focus on specialized objectives. Recent examples of this specialized work include a bike crew (crew members use bicycles as their only mode of transportation to/from project sites), accessibility surveying in the National Forest sites (providing opportunities for people of all abilities to serve and recreate) and providing disaster response to flood and storm damaged communities across the country. UCC often operates urban crews, performing important conservation work in urban open space areas.

Every crew will have unique project and travel schedules. Generally, crews work a 9-day or 4-day,10-hours/day (some days may be up to 12 hours/day) ‘hitch’ schedule, while camping in front and backcountry settings. Typically, crews will have 5 days off or 3 days off in the town of the home base office. There may be instances when the hitch schedule does not allow for the previously listed number of days off between hitches, or crews may be required to have off days near their project location. Crews are respectfully asked to remain flexible regarding hitch and time off scheduling. Crews should expect project schedules and project work to vary. Days will include two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute lunch.

GENERAL INFORMATION

UCC is a non-residential program. 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. 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.

REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least 21 years of age
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Eligible to enroll in an AmeriCorps term of service
  • Agree to undergo a National Criminal History Check
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • 6 months minimum leadership or supervisory experience in a team or crew-based setting (required)
  • Demonstrated outdoor skills (required)
  • Camping experience, including backpacking (required)
  • 6 months conservation corps, public lands management, or similar land management experience (strongly preferred)
  • Faller B chainsaw training and substantial experience using a chainsaw (preferred)
  • Trail maintenance and construction experience (preferred)
  • Experience with conflict management & resolution skills in small groups, including a willingness to accept differences
  • Employ proactive, active, and effective communication with crew leaders and field staff
  • High degree of maturity & professionalism in an environment with irregular and changing schedules
  • Commitment to personal and professional growth
  • Ability to self-direct and self-educate
  • Demonstrated ability to self-direct, problem solve, and be creative to meet programmatic goals
  • Flexibility - ability and desire to work in a dynamic environment and embrace change
  • Ability and willingness to adapt, adjust, and problem solve to manage multiple conservation field crews in a variety of locations and settings
  • Ability and willingness to work a varying and irregular schedule
  • Ability, willingness, and desire to live and work out of a tent in all weather conditions
  • Willingness and physical ability to work on a variety of conservation projects, which may include 12-hour days using chainsaws, hand tools, applying herbicide, etc.
  • Alignment to UCC mission and values of safety, service, community, inclusivity, positivity, and commitment
  • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, training, and National Service. Members must commit to participating in all crew activities, including service days in local communities where applicable.

RESPONSIBILITIES

1.Field Crew Support

  • Provides technical, logistical, and administrative support to field crews
  • Provides field crews with training, guidance, and feedback in a structured environment
  • Serves as a role model, resource, mediator, and advisor for field crews
  • Cultivate a supportive learning environment for Crew Leaders and Crew Members
  • Facilitate positive crew dynamics and a communicative atmosphere
  • Assists field staff with written mid-term and final evaluations for Crew Leaders
  • Conducts regular risk management audits in the field
  • Assist field staff with project planning through communication with project partners
  • Ensures compliance with UCC protocols and procedures, and enforces policies
  • Assists in taking weekly check in calls from crews in the field
  • Assists and/or supervises the rig-up (pre-hitch) and de-rig (post hitch) of crews at the field office
  • Serves as a temporary crew leader, as needed

2. Training Assistance

  • Assists with seasonal crew training sessions and provides ongoing training in the field during each field season.
  • Topics may include (but are not limited to):
  • Trail Maintenance & Construction
  • Proper Tool Use & Maintenance
  • Critical Incident Scenario
  • Outdoor Leadership Skills
  • Pre-Project Planning & Organization
  • Chainsaw Training & Certification
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Debriefs & Feedback
  • Rig-Up and De-Rig Procedures
  • Vehicle Inspections and Maintenance
  • Herbicide; safety, use, and storage.
  • Outdoor Skills
  • Expedition Behavior
  • Leave No Trace
  • Food & Menu Planning
  • Map & Compass
  • Common Backcountry Medical Issues (blisters, dehydration, etc.)
  • Packing and Fitting a Backpack
  • Group Campsite: food storage, hygiene, water purification, stoves, dish washing system, etc.

3. Tool and Equipment Management

  • Communicates tool and equipment needs to UCC field staff
  • Assists in maintenance of hand tools, chain saws, brush cutters, micro blasters, camp equipment, and more
  • Assists in inventory of tools and equipment assigned to crews and projects

4. Projects and Partnerships Development

  • Facilitate the development of positive and sustainable relationships with project partners
  • Under supervision of regional UCC staff, attend site visits and discuss current and future project assignments with project partners

BENEFITS

  • AmeriCorps Living Allowance of $1,100.00 paid twice per month
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, $6,345.00 (available upon successful completion of term)
  • Health Insurance benefit of up to $100.00 a month on new plans through the Marketplace on Healthcare.gov
  • Professional Development Training Fund: $500.00 available for use during term of service
  • Forbearance on qualifying student loans while in service
  • Conservation Leadership Experience
  • Wilderness First Responder Certification
  • Option to qualify through UCC National USFS Chainsaw Program as an A faller, apprentice sawyer
  • Utah Non-commercial Pesticide Applicator License
  • Member Assistance Program
HOW TO APPLY

Complete the UCC Online Application found at https://www.usu.edu/ucc/apply/field-boss

You are required to attach a resume, and a list of 3 professional references (phone and email) to the online application. Application review will continue through January 2022. Positions open until filled.

 

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