Posted: November 18, 2020
Location: South Carolina
Time Commitment: Full time for 7 months | January 4, 2020 through July 31, 2021
The Palmetto Conservation Corps is the first trail based conservation corps for young adults stationed out of South Carolina. The Palmetto Conservation Corps is dedicated to developing future conservation leaders through education and service. In this program, you will have the opportunity to complete hands on service in trail building, disaster relief, environmental education, invasive species mitigation, and service-learning while also developing your leadership skills. Housing is provided, as is transportation to and from service sites. Camping will be a requirement of the program during some projects, however, necessary camping gear can be provided.
Crew Leaders live and serve outdoors as part of a 10 person crew (8 crew members and 2 crew leaders), completing various conservation projects throughout South Carolina. Crews are trained to use a variety of hand tools to complete projects, which may include trail building, trail repair, invasive species removal, re-vegetation, riparian zone restoration, and more. Crew leaders will need to have had some exposure to similar conservation projects in the past. Crew Leaders must be willing to motivate and lead crew members, work hard, maintain positive attitudes with atypical service days, and work well as part of a team. Daily tasks include but are not limited to Leading the 8 member crew, Driving crew to and from project sites in Corps vehicles, Trail building and maintenance, Invasive Species Mitigation, Erosion Control, Tool Maintenance, Carrying heavy equipment into project sites, Hiking long distances into project sites, Camping during hitch projects, Environmental Education, Disaster Response, Communicating with the program director, and Other duties as assigned.
Members should be willing (and eager) to participate in the following activities with a positive attitude:
- Willingness to hike long distances.
- Willingness to camp for multiple days at a time, carrying all necessary supplies into a camp site by use of a backpack.
- Willingness to live in close quarters with 9 other people, using shared bathrooms and kitchen space.
- Willingness to clean hand tools according to tool care guidelines set forth by Palmetto Conservation Foundation.
- Willingness to perform chainsaw work.
- Willingness to use tools for trail construction.
- Willingness to complete planting projects for revegetation purposes, or to weed areas for invasive species as assigned by Palmetto Conservation Foundation.
- Willingness to complete time sheets, daily checklists, weekly reports, and monthly reports.
- Willingness to participate in National Days of Service, which may take place on weekends or holidays.
- Willingness to practice “No Trace Ethic” as trained by Palmetto Conservation Foundation.
- Willingness to participate in disaster recovery, which could be anything from mold remediation to housing rebuilds. All necessary health and safety equipment and training will be provided.
- Willingness to drive an SUV for multiple hours at a time to remote locations at full capacity.
- Willingness to maintain a positive attitude in irregular service conditions, in which members may be expected to work outside during hot, cold, or wet weather conditions.
- Willingness to participate in ongoing training modules throughout the year of service as set forth by Palmetto Conservation Foundation.
- Willingness to live and work as a part of a team.
- Willingness to represent Palmetto Conservation Foundation, AmeriCorps, the Palmetto Conservation Corps, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the South Carolina Commission on Community Service well when interacting with community members, community partners, and community volunteers.
- Willingness to serve alongside a diverse group of people.
- Willingness to learn and grow as leaders and citizens.
- Although open to all applicants, the ideal candidate will be between the ages of 18 and 25
- Have a high school diploma or its equivalent
- Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
- Satisfy the National Service Criminal History Check eligibility criteria pursuant to 45 CFR 2540.202.
- Must be able to complete required AmeriCorps service hours within term of service dates.
- Must provide a letter from a doctor giving medical clearance for the type of projects outlined in the
- Position Overview and Essential Functions. If an Applicant is unable to obtain a doctor’s note for some reason, exceptions may be made on a case by case basis. (In some instances, the program may be able to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities in order to allow them to perform essential functions.)
- Must have a valid driver’s license
- Experience working in a conservation crew preferred
Although not essential position functions, the AmeriCorps Crew Leader may also be responsible for the following as needed:
- Assist other departments in major projects as needed as it relates directly to the AmeriCorps program.
- Perform other duties as assigned as it relates directly to the AmeriCorps program.
- Participate in National Days of Service as it relates directly to the AmeriCorps program.
Salary and Benefits
This position is eligible for a living allowance, education award, health benefits, and childcare assistance. The stipend for this position is $569 distributed on a biweekly basis and may not exceed $12,530 for the term of service. The education award for this position is $5,775.
Email the following documents to [email protected]:
- Cover letter explaining your interest, desired position, and why you are a good candidate
- Two professional references and one personal reference
Questions? Please contact Rachel Price, AmeriCorps Program Director, by phone or email at (803) 771-0870 or [email protected].
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