What does it mean to be an AmeriCorps Corpsmember at AZCC?
It means spending 10 hours a day outside in all weather conditions, working your hardest on a variety of projects focused on environmental conservation and habitat restoration. All while being part of a large movement of volunteers working in AmeriCorps programs nationwide and developing professional skills to be applied in future jobs within the field of natural resource management.
Camping out for up to eight days at a time is a required part of the position. Corpsmembers will be expected to take an active role on their crew of up to eight people, working and camping together to accomplish the project assignments. A passion for being outdoors and working with a team is required!
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.
Mostly importantly, participants must be willing to be an active member of a team, or crew, of up to eight individuals from different areas and backgrounds who are all interested in and committed to actively improving the natural world around them through a variety of projects all over Arizona.
Our Ideal Candidate...
Can work hard all day and loves to be outside
Has an interest in the project work and a passion for conservation
Isn't afraid to try new things or learn new skills
Enjoys working as part of a team towards a common goal
Likes to have fun!
Roving Crew Project Work
AZCC works with a variety of land management agencies in Arizona, such as the US Forest Service, National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management, as well as local agencies such as Arizona State Parks and local Non Profits. Projects vary across crews and locations. This crew is a “roving” crew meaning there will be an opportunity for a variety of projects that range in skills and geographic location.
Projects will vary but could include things like trail construction and maintenance, ecosystem restoration, habitat restoration, fire fuels reduction, barbed wire fence construction, invasive weed removal, herbicide applications and many others. All projects require a willingness to work hard, be safe and have fun.
Corpsmembers receive a variety of formal and informal trainings during their term of service. The first week of the term is committed to formal training and orientation that consists of Wilderness First Aid, Leave No Trace, Outdoor Living, Crew Culture and goal setting.
Informal training will continue throughout the term with on the ground skills training to include things like tool sharpening, plant identification and an overview of public land management agencies.
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, hiking/ work boots, personal cook set, personal food etc. AZCC will provide the tools, protective gear and transportation to projects. Housing is not provided.
The typical schedule is eight to nine days on with six days off, or, four ten-hour days with three days off either in town or on spike (camping at the project) depending on proximity to the work site from Pinetop, AZ. The day starts at 7:00 AM with a stretch circle and safety meeting. The day includes two fifteen minute breaks and a half hour break for lunch. The day concludes at 5:30 PM.
Corpsmembers are paid an AmeriCorps living stipend which averages out at $310 per week or $620 biweekly before taxes. Upon completion of the term the Corpsmember will receive an education award of $2,907.50 for a 900 hour service term to be used for paying off student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.
October 1, 2018 to March 16, 2018
To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 25, and a US citizen that has received a high school diploma or GED. All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award.
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.
Participation and Expedition Behavior:
Safety and Judgment: