Conservation Corps Conservation Crew Member – Backcountry Camping Adult Crew – Summer 2018 in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Job Description

*Title: *Conservation Crew Member – Backcountry Camping Adult Crew – Summer 2018

*Reports to: *Crew Leader, Program Coordinator

*Locations: *Chattanooga, TN

*Status: *Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt

Stipend: $300/week – paid out biweekly

Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible

Other Benefits: Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, protective equipment. Other development opportunities as available.

*Start/end date: * 6/11/18 – 8/23/18

Multiple positions opened until filled

Southeast Conservation Corps: SECC empowering young adults to cultivate compassion, responsibility, and grit through community service, hard work, and environmental stewardship.

The Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization. The SECC selects young adults, ages 16-35, to complete conservation work projects on public lands throughout the Southeast. SECC programs encourage environmental stewardship, foster community partnerships, and emphasize experiential learning. SECC serves a diverse population that is representative of the Southeast; including youth, graduates, veterans, and a cross-section of ethnicities and income levels. SECC has also taken on a role as a part of the larger AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team, and as such, some crews may get deployed on Disaster response projects for up to 30 days.

This specific crew will be comprised of young adults, 18-26 selected to complete conservation work projects on public lands throughout the Southeast US. The typical schedule is nine days on the project (camping at the site as a group) with five days off. Schedules can also include five days on- two days off or four days on – three days off work weeks. Corpsmembers are responsible for finding and attaining their own housing during the off-days, this is a non-residential program. Depending on project work and location, other schedule variations may be implemented. Community/camp chores will be completed every evening, with some evenings including group discussions on conservation and/or corps related topics. While the staff at SECC works to provide consistency throughout the season personal flexibility is expected and should be prepared for when entering the term as schedules, times, and work locations are subject to change per project needs. The first week will be a five day, camping based, field training week.

*Corpsmember Responsibilities: *As an AmeriCorps program participant, work effectively as member of crew; perform heavy manual labor related to environmental conservation and restoration projects; work outdoors in all types of weather and successfully adapts to various climates; camps overnight outdoors in wilderness areas near work sites for short or extended periods of time; effectively learn and apply new environmental conservation and restoration skills and outdoor living skills; actively participate in environmental education activities; practice appropriate safety procedures in all tasks assigned; use, maintain and repair hand and power tools as necessary.

Expectations: *SECC is a drug-free organization; alcohol and illegal substances are prohibited. SECC is an independent, non-residential program. The corpsmember must supply their own personal outdoor gear and equipment such as a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, day pack, multi-day pack, work pants, hiking/ work boots, etc. SECC will provide the group camp equipment, tools, protective gear and transportation to and from the office. While the staff at SECC works to provide consistency throughout the season personal flexibility is expected and should be prepared for when entering the term as schedules, times, and work locations are subject to change per project needs.*

*Project Work: *SECC works with a variety of land management agencies in Tennessee and throughout the Southeast region, such as the United States Forest Service, National Park Service, State Parks and conservation-based non-profits. Projects vary but include trail construction and maintenance, ecosystem restoration, habitat restoration, fire fuels reduction, fencing on public lands, invasive weed removal, herbicide applications, and many others.

This crew will be doing a vast amount of working and living in a backcountry setting. Thus, crew members will be hiking in a crew and personal gear into project sites by foot. The work will be hiking intensive and members should be comfortable hiking multiple miles a day with a tools, saws, and personal day pack. Crosscut training will be given to this crew. **

*Qualifications: *To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 26 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

  • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem-solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences

  • Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of others for any reason.

  • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training and national service. Members must commit to participating in all crew/team activities, including service days in local communities where applicable.

  • Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues and organization staff.

  • Have the cognitive ability to learn necessary skills and apply them to effectively carry out the service work requirements

  • Appropriately represent the Program and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all times.

Safety and Judgment

  • Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance. You must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds.

  • Effectively perceive, understand and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques to manage hazards. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be given during exposure to the hazard.

  • Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions

  • Perceive and comprehend significant and apparent hazards, including those hazards previously identified by others.**

  • Respond appropriately to stress or crises.

  • If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.

Environmental Ethics

  • Learn and practice ‘Leave no Trace’ techniques**

Outdoor Skills and Fitness (where appropriate)

  • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project. Additionally, remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed so as to remain generally healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries.

  • Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks. Conditions of this environment may vary significantly and may include severe and/or trying weather. The remoteness is such that it may require at a minimum one hour, but perhaps in excess of 12 hours, to reach the nearest advanced medical care. Substance Free

  • In accordance with a drug-free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property.

Essential Functions:

  • Frequently required to walk, hike, sit and talk or listen
  • Required to use hands to operate objects, tools or controls, and to reach with hands and arms
  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and the ability to focus
  • Must be able to speak, understand, read and write English
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

*Compensation: *AmeriCorps members will receive an AmeriCorps living stipend of $300 per week before taxes. Upon successful completion of the term of service AmeriCorps members will earn an AmeriCorps Segal education award to be used for student loans, qualifying programs/classes, or tuition for traditional Title IV accredited colleges.

Required Experience:

No trail crew or conservation crew experience is needed to apply for this position. A general comfort and previous knowledge of working/living in an outdoor setting are helpful.

This program is available to all eligible applicants, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, sexual orientation or religion.

To Apply:

  • Complete the Application, upload cover letter and resume if available (Link at the bottom of the Page)
  • Any questions can be addressed to:

Sarah Brown

Recruitment and Support Services Coordinator


Chattanooga, TN

Job Location

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

Position Type


Tracking Code: 1083-984

Job Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

Salary: 300.00 - 300.00 USD