Title: Local Pima County Crew Member
Start Date: September 10, 2019
End Date: March 2020 (anticipated)
Status: 900-hour AmeriCorps Service Terms (subject to change)
Location: Tucson, AZ, US
Benefits: Paid training, grocery budget while on project, AmeriCorps Education Award
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, White Mountains, and Tucson.
Local 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. This crew will focus on projects that are local to Tucson and the surrounding area in collaboration with the Pima County and other local public land agencies to improve local lands and provide service opportunities to young adults in Tucson.
There will be an opportunity for a variety of projects that range in skills and geographic location but will include desert restoration, invasive species removal, planting, parks improvement projects, and trail work. All projects require a willingness to work hard, be safe and have fun.
The term begins with an orientation: crew member training will consist of Wilderness First Aid, Leave No Trace, Outdoor Living, Crew Culture, goal setting, with possible opportunities for instruction in herbicide handling, crosscut or chainsaw use and safety, depending on the crew. 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. This position will include at least one education day every other week focused on employment-track opportunities, training, and additional lessons.
AZCC is a drug-free organization; alcohol and illegal substances are prohibited. AZCC is an independent, non-residential program. The crew member 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 on non-camping weeks, etc. AZCC will provide the tools, protective gear and transportation to projects.
The typical schedule is four ten-hour days in service project work followed by a full day of education every other week with two or three days off. In some instances, this crew may work eight to nine days on with six days off, or, with three days off either in town or on spike (camping at the project) depending on proximity to the work site from Tucson, AZ and project partner needs. 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.
Crew members are paid an AmeriCorps living stipend of $295/week or $590 biweekly before taxes. Upon completion of the term the crew member will receive an education award of $2,960 for a 900 hour term of service. The education award can to be used for paying off student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.
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:
In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property.