Climate Corps Crew Members (CCCMs) work and live in the outdoors as part of a field crew in service to public lands and the communities that surround them. Climate Corps crews are assigned to a variety of fire fuels reduction projects throughout Utah to mitigate wildfire risks, protect buildings and infrastructure. Members are primarily responsible for being a supporting member of their crew, upholding and abiding by UCC policies & procedures, and conducting themselves in a safe and productive manner. All CCCMs are trained in safe and proper tool use, project techniques, and outdoor living. Training topics may include advanced chainsaw and hand tool use, and project techniques. This position involves frequent travel, camping, irregular hours, and a varying weekly schedule.
Field Office Locations: Roving – working between Logan, Cedar City, and Moab offices
Term of Service Dates (tentative): March 1 – November 23
Schedule: Full-time commitment, hours & schedules vary from week to week with extended travel up to 10 days. Majority of time is spent on projects in the field.
Projects & Schedule
Field projects may be backcountry (hiking into the project site, camping away from a vehicle) or front country (such as driving to the project site daily, camping at the vehicle, or non-camping lodging). Projects may be urban (located in a city or town) or rural (located in national parks, forests, etc. with limited access to facilities and resources). Weather is variable, and work and campsites can range from 2,000-13,000 feet in elevation.
Projects may include (but are not limited to):
• Fire fuels reduction activities including chainsaw operation and maintenance
• Invasive species management, including herbicide application
• Habitat restoration
• Land inventory and mapping
• Community service
Crews generally work a 9-day or 4-day, 10-hour/day (some days may be up to 12 hours) ‘hitch’ schedule, while camping in front and backcountry settings. Typically, crews will have 3-5 days off between hitches. Days will include two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute lunch (the 30-minute lunch break does not count toward term of service hours). Crews should expect schedules and project work to vary.
This position is an AmeriCorps term of service that requires a full-time commitment (about 45 hours per week).
• Ability to live outdoors and work on a variety of fire fuels reduction projects, which may include 12-hour days using chainsaws, hand tools, & applying herbicide.
• At least 18 years of age
• Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or a lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
• Eligible to enroll in an AmeriCorps term of service
• Must undergo and pass a criminal history check
• Have a high school diploma or GED or work towards obtaining one while in the program
• Minimum 4-6 months in conservation, land management, or disaster response
• Current Chainsaw qualifications and a minimum of 6 months experience, with the ability to be evaluated as a B faller through the USFS National Chainsaw program
• Current First Aid and CPR (Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder preferred)
• Current Utah Non-commercial Pesticide Applicator License or ability to pass the State exam
About Utah Conservation Corps
The Utah Conservation Corps (UCC) is an AmeriCorps program dedicated to developing the conservation leaders of tomorrow. We’re a non-residential AmeriCorps program composed of AmeriCorps members, staff, and partners dedicated to service to our community, environment, and regions requiring disaster response efforts. Additionally, as an organization, we seek to provide a more welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds and experience levels to ensure a healthy, vibrant, innovative, and sustainable corps. Our goals are to encourage and support more diverse populations serving in an inclusive environment within the UCC and to recognize where we fall short and address our shortcomings.