Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC) seeks qualified candidates for Veteran Fire Corps Assistant Crew Leader positions based out of Flagstaff, AZ for the 2019 season. AZCC offers opportunities for individuals to work in a crew environment on national lands throughout the southwestern United States and elsewhere. Successful crew leaders are self-motivated, energetic and tenacious – they understand the value of hard work in the outdoors and are driven to excellence in conservation. Veteran status is not required for this position.
Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC) and Conservation Legacy are proud to be celebrating the 9th continuous year of operating the Veteran’s Fire Corps. The VFC aims to retrain recent era military veterans for careers in conservation, fuels management, and wildland fire-fighting. VFC programs accomplish this goal by immersing participants in a conservation crew experience.
What does it mean to be an Assistant Crew Leader on a Veterans Fire Corps Crew?
Assistant Crew Leaders will work in co-leader pairs to lead 5-7 members and are responsible for oversight of all field-aspects of their crew including project work, camp life and crew dynamics. Together they will work as a fuels crew for the duration of the season.
The Assistant Crew Leader (ACL) is responsible for facilitating a positive Corpsmember experience. This means creating a positive attitude within the crew about the work day, the project and VFC. The ACL is expected to learn new skills rapidly and assist the crew leader in teaching these skills to corpsmembers.
Over the course of a typical 3 – 6 month season corps members receive training in wildland firefighting, chainsaw operation and a variety of other topics. Members then go on to serve as members of a fire-fuels conservation crew, performing a variety of forestry and conservation work on Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and US Forest Service land in Arizona and New Mexico. At the conclusion of a program members are aided in the transition to federal wildland firefighting jobs.
Additionally, ACL’s will participate in an 8 day intensive leadership training to include things like conflict resolution, project partner interactions, leadership theory and more.
To successfully perform essential functions the Assistant Crew Leader is required to sit, stand, walk, speak and hear. Will be required to run, climb, hike, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl on a frequent basis. Will need to be able to carry heavy loads with backpack and to use hand tools in a variety of weather conditions.
Must be able to operate office equipment, telephone, computer, reach with hands and arms.
Must be able to drive a vehicle frequently/infrequently during work shift.
Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
AZCC is a drug-free organization; alcohol and illegal substances are prohibited. AZCC is an independent, non-residential program. The Corpsmember must supply his/her own personal outdoor gear and equipment such as a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, day pack, multi-day pack, work pants, 6 inch leather work boots, personal cook set, personal food etc. AZCC will provide the tools, protective gear and transportation to projects. Housing is not provided.
This crew will be operated out of the Flagstaff office. Crews typically work on 8-day on/6-day off schedules (Tuesday - Tuesday). During the 8-day “hitch” crews work together during the day, eat and camp together in the evening and learn together throughout. The crew member season will include one week of orientation followed by two weeks of basic firefighter training. The crew member season will include one week of orientation followed by two weeks of basic firefighter training. Assistant Crew Leaders will start before members arrive for orientation and training.
$480-600 per week depending on experience, pre-season training.
January 9, 2019-April 19, 2019
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