Title: National Park Service Fire Crew Member
(Those who identify as Women’s+ encouraged to apply)
Reports to: Crew Leader, Fire and Fuels Coordinator
Locations: Crew will be based out of Chattanooga, TN but will be camping and working on various federal and private land agency locations across the southeast region.
Season Dates: 1/15/2024 – 5/10/2024
Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt
Stipend: $500/weekly living stipend & $100/weekly housing stipend, paid biweekly. A $1,824.07 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program
Hitch Schedule: Typical “Hitch” Schedule is 9 days on, 5 days off. This is subject to change depending on the project partner’s needs.
Benefits: Food & transportation provided while in the field overnight.
Crew Structure: 1 Crew Leader, 1 Assistant Crew Leader, 6 Crew Members
Certifications: S130 (Firefighter Training), S190 (Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior), L180, IS100, IS700 (mix of online and classroom), S212 Chainsaw, CPR/ First Aid, Public Land Corps Hiring Authority Certificate (upon successful completion of hours)
Southeast Conservation Corps:
Engaging future leaders who protect, restore, and enhance our nation’s lands through community-based service.
Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC), a program of Conservation Legacy, is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization. SECC selects young adults, ages 18-30, 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 is also an active member of the AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team (A-DRT), and as such, selected crews may be deployed on Disaster response projects for up to 30 days.
SECC works with various land management agencies in Tennessee and Southeast regions, 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 fuel reduction, public land fencing, invasive weed removal, herbicide applications, and many others. The project work is manual labor based, and most projects require a hike into and out of the project site daily carrying tools and a day pack.
SECC’s Fire Crew partners with the National Park Service (NPS). We encourage applicants who identify as Women’s+ to apply. Our program model fosters a supportive learning environment where participants can maximize their opportunities to grow and develop while gaining certifications to propel them into a career in environmental stewardship. It also creates an intentional space for under-represented groups to enter conservation and natural resource management.
This Program will give you extensive training and certifications in wildland firefighting, chainsaw work, and first aid/CPR. While in this program, you will also build your resume to apply for federal wildland fire jobs. Part of this position will be working with prescribed fire and on non-fire related fuel reduction. Project work will occur in TN, GA, SC, FL, and AL. You will have the opportunity to visit and work in a diverse number of parks while you are on hitch.
Crews work in front country and backcountry locations in all weather conditions. Schedules may vary, but generally are 9 days on and 5 days off for camping crews. Workdays are 10-hour shifts with scheduled breaks throughout the day. Depending on project work and location, other schedule variations may be implemented. 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.
SECC is an independent, non-residential program. Crew Members are responsible for finding and attaining their housing when not in the field. On-hitch crews prepare all their meals and work together as a group to complete all necessary chores. Community/camp chores will be completed every evening, with many evenings including group discussions, conservation, and/or corps-related topics. The Crew Member must supply their 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 group camp equipment, tools, protective gear, and transportation between SECC Office and project sites.
Expectations of an SECC Corps member:
- Expect to work long days in a front country or backcountry location. Workdays will include hiking and strenuous labor in remote settings in all weather conditions.
- SECC is a non-residential program, meaning crew members are responsible for attaining and paying for their housing when not in the field.
- Crews prepare all their meals and work together to complete all necessary chores. Community/camp chores will be completed every evening, with many evenings including group discussions on conservation and/or corps-related topics.
- Crew members must supply their 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 group camp equipment, tools, protective gear, and transportation between the SECC office and project sites.
- While serving a term of National Service, SECC 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.
- SECC expects members to represent the program professionally. Crew life will include our corps values of challenge, stewardship, dedication, community, integrity, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
- Members are expected to be timely, hardworking, flexible, and complete all functions of tasks assigned.
- Must be between ages 18 and 30 or up to 35 if a military veteran.
- Members must pass the Arduous Work Capacity (PACK) Test within the first two weeks of the season to participate in this program (3-mile hike with a 45-pound pack within 45 minutes).
- Wildland firefighting demands a high fitness level to work in challenging environmental conditions, including steep terrain, extreme temperatures, altitude, and smoke.
- Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and provide primary documentation to support this.
- Must be cleared through an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry, as well as state and federal Criminal History Checks
- Must have a high school diploma or GED or agree to work toward attaining either during the term of service (essential to obtaining and using the AmeriCorps Education Award).
- A general comfort and previous knowledge of working/living in an outdoor setting.
- Must have a high school diploma or GED or agree to work toward attaining either during term of service (essential to obtaining and using the AmeriCorps Education Award).
AmeriCorps members will receive an AmeriCorps living stipend of $500 per week and a $100 housing stipend before taxes, dispersed biweekly. 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.
Participation and Expedition Behavior
- Work effectively as a team member despite potentially stressful and challenging conditions. This may require problem-solving on an interpersonal or group level and a willingness to accept differences.
- Contribute to a safe learning environment, with no harassment of others.
- 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 carry out the service work requirements effectively.
- Appropriately represent the Program and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners.
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 directions from others so that you will be able to execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques to manage hazards successfully. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or must be given during exposure to the hazard.
- Stay alert and focused for several hours while traveling and working in varied weather conditions.
- Perceive and comprehend significant and apparent hazards, including those 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.
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 appropriately dressed 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 include severe and/or trying weather. The remoteness is such that it may require a minimum of one hour, but perhaps over 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.
This program is available to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, genetic information, and military service. Where a significant portion of the population eligible to be served needs services or information in a language other than English, the recipient shall take reasonable steps to provide written material of the type ordinarily available to the public in appropriate languages.
To Apply: Complete the Application, upload cover letter and resume if available.
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