Title: Conservation Corps South Carolina Forest Management Crew Member
Start/End Date: January 17, 2022 – June 1, 2022
Stipend: $400/week plus an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award
Status: 675-Hour AmeriCorps Service Term
Location: Camp Barstow, SC – located along beautiful Lake Murray near the town of Batesburg, SC and approximately an hour’s drive from Columbia, SC.
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a new collaborative program to serve the needs of South Carolina’s underserved landowners with NRCS funded conservation practices, including prescribed burns. Participants will be part of a 20 week crew that will work on forest management projects that fulfill NRCS conservation goals, help underrepresented landowners manage their land for conservation and economic benefits, protect wildlife habitat, and preserve the Southeast’s longleaf pine forest ecosystem. The program will provide education, certifications, and on-the-job experience that will help participants pursue a variety of natural resource management careers. The crew will partner with Help for Landowners, a non-profit established to serve underrepresented landowners and a variety of South Carolina natural resource agencies and non-profit partners.
Crew members will live, train, and work together as a team. Project work and schedules will vary depending on season. Typical projects will require the crew to live in tents or cabins on or close to project locations for a variety of periods of time. In general, hours will be 6:00 am to 5:30 pm and include one hour of physical training, two fifteen-minute breaks and a half hour lunch break.
The program will begin an intensive two weeks of training focused on certifications and outdoor leadership skills. Informal training will continue throughout the term with on-the-ground skills training that will include things like tool maintenance, plant identification, and an overview of public land management agencies.
Crew members must supply their own personal outdoor gear equipment such as tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, day pack, multi-day pack, and work pants. CCNC will provide tools, food, group camp equipment (i.e. cook stove, water jugs), transportation to and from base camp to project locations, and Personal Protection Equipment (i.e. Nomex pants and shirt, neck and face covering, fire-rated work boots, helmet, leather gloves.)
Be between the ages of 18 and 30
Have U.S. Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency Status
High School Diploma or GED
Pass Background Checks: All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and Federal Criminal History Check
Be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award
Associates degree with 1-year experience or bachelor’s degree in forestry, biology, ecology, natural resources management or related field
Ability to mix, handle, and apply herbicides in accordance with label directions and crew supervisor instructions
Ability to operate various types of hand and power tools and machinery in a safe and efficient manner
Ability to handle and maintain tools, equipment, and supplies in good working order for daily operation
Record and maintain data during project
Represent CCNC and AmeriCorps appropriately to the public
Perform chainsaw work with unwavering commitment to safety
Operate heavy machinery as necessary
Perform heavy manual labor related to environmental conservation outdoors in all types of weather
Apply environmental conservation and restoration knowledge and outdoor living skills to all outdoor settings and work projects
Commit to completion of all program activities, including conservation project work, education, training, and crew/team activities
About Conservation Corps North Carolina
The mission of the Conservation Corps North Carolina (CCNC) is to empower young adults through meaningful outdoor work that benefits North Carolina’s land and water and creates healthy communities. CCNC is a program of Conservation Legacy that is piloting a South Carolina forest management program with the South Carolina NRCS, South Caroline Forestry Commission and the non-profit Longleaf Alliance and Help for Landowners.