Start Date: Late January, or early February 2022
Status: 450-hour, 675-hour or 900-hour AmeriCorps Service Terms
Stipend: $330/wk for AmeriCorps Member positions, issued bi-weekly with direct deposit or a program-issued debit card.
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Benefits: AmeriCorps Segal Education Award; Paid training; Food budget while on project; Employee Assistance Program
General Field Crews:
AZCC's Field Crew program engages motivated young adults (18-30) to complete challenging and impactful conservation service projects throughout Arizona and southern New Mexico. There is a variety of conservation projects with our adult camping crews!
Native Affinity Crews:
A crew experience for Native, young adults (18-30) looking to have a hands-on experience completing conservation projects on public lands. The power and impact of native affinity programming is due to the network of operational support from AZCC and the shared corps experience.
Tucson Local Crews:
This conservation crew is for young adults (18-30) from Pima County and the surrounding area interested in completing local conservation projects. Local crews for young adults provide members with job skills, leadership opportunities, challenging project work and personal and professional development. Crew members primarily live at home and work on projects during the day, however camping may be requested for certain projects.
Crew Leader Development Program Crews:
This AZCC crew is focused on connecting young adults (ages 21-30) aspiring to develop leadership skills with conservation service work projects on public lands. The goal of the leadership development program is to provide participants with a variety of training focused on hard skills as well as leadership through peer leadership activities to prepare members for leadership roles within the conservation corps setting. Upon completion of the leadership development program, members are encouraged to apply to be Assistant Crew Leaders, Crew Leaders or Youth Conservation Corps Mentors.
Veterans Fire Corps Crews:
The position is multi-faceted and demanding, but with opportunity for enormous rewards. Successful candidates will demonstrate high standards, compassion, excellent judgment, effective communication skills, initiative, and the desire to devote themselves (at least seasonally) to working alongside other military veterans, ages 21-35 years old, in an environmental setting. The crew will have to work together and maintain a flexible, positive, and professional attitude. The program engages participants in a cohort environment in which a team of recent-era veterans work together to train and complete natural resource management projects, specifically related to fire fuels management and fuels reduction using chainsaws. This crew model also helps recent-era veterans transition from military to civilian careers. Participants must be a military veteran, provide a copy of a valid DD-214, or relevant discharge paperwork, and be able to pass a USFS Pack Test at the “arduous” level (3-mile hike with 45-pound pack in 45 minutes)
Youth Conservation Crews:
Youth Conservation Corps members, ages 17-18, or 17-20, depending on the crew, will work on local projects within their own communities! It is a day program where members will meet in the morning, work all day and then go home at night. Members must be able to actively participate in environmental education activities and practice appropriate safety procedures in all tasks assigned. This includes safe use of and maintenance of hand and power tools as necessary.
Covid Strike Team Crews:
The USFS COVID Response Crew will help support recreation mitigation projects directly related to the impacts of high use due to the COVID-19 pandemic, performing activities such as cleaning up and restoring of campground infrastructure, performing basic maintenance and rehabilitation of trails including new social trails, and other recreation infrastructure projects and activities that are directly impacted from the high visitation use due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. (1 crew leader and 2 crew member positions available). Members should expect to camp during some of the term and should be comfortable interacting with the public. Camping accommodations will be provided at developed campgrounds.
Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC):
Arizona Conservation Corps, a program of Conservation Legacy, aims to continue the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's. AZCC is focused on connecting youth, young adults, and recent era military veterans with conservation service work projects on public lands. AZCC operates programs across Arizona that engage individuals and strengthen communities through service and conservation. AZCC has program offices in Flagstaff and Tucson. AZCC is an independent, non-residential program. All members are responsible for finding housing while not on project.
AZCC AmeriCorps members serve a term of National Service in the State of Arizona and parts of the Southwest on professionally supervised crews as they explore a variety of opportunities for careers in the outdoors, learn practical field skills, and develop confidence as emerging leaders in the field of conservation. Members are provided opportunities to learn and train under the guidance of professional staff within Conservation Legacy, while gaining career perspectives working alongside agency staff from the US Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, or Municipal, State and Non-profit organizations that work on our nation's public and tribal lands. AZCC Crews will become proficient in environmental stewardship practices, general worksite safety, Leave No Trace principles and outdoor living skills. Most crews receive First Aid trainings.
Project work may vary due to seasonality and environmental safety concerns. Projects that crews typically work on may include, but are not limited to:
Most AmeriCorps terms will begin with an orientation: crew members who attend the full orientation will receive training on First Aid (typically Wilderness First Aid), Leave No Trace, Outdoor Living, Crew Culture and Diversity, and goal setting. Informal hands-on training will continue throughout the term with on- the- ground skills training.
Depending on the project needs, crews may receive specialized training in herbicide handling, crosscut saw, chainsaw, dry stone masonry or rigging.
Generally, crews work a 9-day,10-hours/day ‘hitch’ schedule, while camping in front and backcountry settings. Typically, followed by 5 days off in the town of the home base office. Drive time to and from the work site from the home base office is typically included in the hitch schedule. Applicants should expect the project schedule and type of work to vary.
Workdays will start with a Job Hazard Analysis safety meeting followed by a 15-minute warm-up exercise and a 15-minute stretch. Days will include two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute lunch.
Responsibilities of an AZCC Corpsmember:
Members can expect to work long days and must successfully adapt to various climates and working conditions. Workdays will contain strenuous labor in remote settings and all weather conditions.
While serving a term of National Service, AZCC crews are expected to work in diverse team settings. Respect for all members of the program, our partners, the public and the land they are visiting is expected.
AZCC expects all members to represent the program in a professional manner at all times. Crew life will include our corps values of challenge, stewardship, dedication, community, integrity and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Members are expected to be timely, hardworking, flexible and complete all functions of the tasks assigned, including tough physical labor and hiking several miles to remote locations under adverse weather conditions.
Members will be responsible for working under our Environmental Ethics:
The crew member must supply his/her/their own personal outdoor gear
What We Provide:
Physical, Emotional, and Mental Safety:
Proper safety procedures must be observed in all tasks, including the repair and use of hand and power tools used on projects.
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 provide some accommodations, excepting that which 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.
Participation and Expedition Behavior:
Compensation and Benefits:
In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property. AZCC is a drug-free organization; alcohol and illegal substances are prohibited.
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