Position: Leaders of Color Crew Member SHORT-TERM FALL SESSION
Start/ End dates: 8/16/2021 – 10/22/2021
Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program
Location: Salida, CO
Ages: 18 – 30
Benefits: $1,172.50 450 hr AmeriCorps Education Award (Value may change depending on term of service), Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment. USFS recognized Chainsaw & Crosscut certification, Trauma-Informed Care, Wilderness First Responder & CPR/AED certification
As a member of Southwest Conservation Corp’s Leaders of Color crew, you will engage in a variety of conservation projects while building a crew community of members who are Black, Indigenous, and/or People of color. The Leaders of Color crew provides an open and supportive space where BIPOC members work with, learn from, and grow alongside one another as members gain trainings and certifications in chainsaw, crosscut, rigging, technical rock work, and trail construction. No experience necessary.
This crew consists of 6 members and 2 leaders. Crews work and camp for 8 days at a time in either frontcountry (access to your crew vehicle and trailer), or backcountry (hiking all your supplies in with backpacks) locations, in all types of weather conditions. You will work as a member of the crew; perform heavy manual labor, and complete conservation projects using a variety of manual and power tools. You will participate in environmental education activities. Risk management is of utmost importance, and all procedures must be followed at all times.
Projects include trail construction and maintenance, hazardous fuels reduction, corridor clearing, habitat restoration and fencing, re-vegetation, and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.
Schedules generally are 8-days on and 6 off. There is a possibility you could work 5-days on and 2-days off, or a variation of schedules requiring all AmeriCorps crew members to show flexibility. SCC does not provide housing on your off days.
All crews will go through an unpaid, 5-day orientation. Food and space to camp is provided for this training.
About Southwest Conservation Corps
The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a program of the non-profit service organization, Conservation Legacy, that is built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that operated from 1933 – 1942. SCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation projects on public lands. While serving with SCC, members receive training on job skills, conflict resolution, leadership, teamwork, and environmental stewardship. Programs are developed using a step ladder approach to provide a progression of skill development based on a member’s needs. Members receive a weekly living allowance, training, and an AmeriCorps Education Award (for qualifying individuals).