Student Conservation Association (SCA)

SCA Los Padres Fuels Reduction Project Leader

June 25, 2018
Location: Frazier Park, CA
Time Commitment: Training Dates: August 20 – August 31, 2018 (tentative) Program Dates: September 16 – December 1, 2018


Wildfires have been a persistent threat to residents of southern California, with every year being more challenging than the previous. The 2017 Thomas Fire burned over 280,000 acres and destroyed over 1,000 structures, making it the largest wildfire in California history proved that very problem true. To help deal with the increasing danger of wildfires, SCA has been partnering with the Los Padres National Forest on their fuels mitigation program to help reduce the amount of overgrowth of vegetation on the forest. This overgrowth is a major contributing factor to increasing intensity of wildfires over the years. This fuels reduction project not only will help reduce the risk of wildfires in the area, but also help restore the forest to a more natural state, one where wildfires can help sustain the health of the forest rather than destroy it.

The Los Padres National Forest Fuels Reduction Team will consist of four members and one Project Leader. The Team will work primarily on fuels reduction work, by chainsaw or other means, and could also work on other projects as assigned. Participants should be ready for steep terrain and to carry heavy packs. The weather will vary from hot and dry to cool and wet. Poison Oak will also be present in work areas.

The Team will also live together, possibly camping for the duration of the season. Members should be willing to be a part of a community and to help out with chores and participate in activities outside of the work projects.

Job Responsibilites

  • Act as a Crew Manager guiding crew dynamics and facilitating teamwork
  • Function as a Technical Advisor assisting in training corps members to complete quality work
  • Serve as a Partnership Representative managing relationships with agency partner and ensuring successful and timely completion of work projects
  • Perform tasks as a Program Administrator by communicating with SCA staff, completing documentation and managing a budget

Required Qualifications

  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • Must have ability to legally work in the US.
  • Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required
  • Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards
  • Must be able to attend mandatory Crew Leader training: August 20 – August 31 2018 (tentative)
  • Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certification required by the start of training
  • Experience working with youth or young adults ages 18-25, teaching in an educational environment a plus
  • Experience with conservation work skills or related skills preferred – i.e. trail maintenance, trail construction, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening
  • Current chainsaw certification preferred
  • Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day, exposed to the elements and most occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more
  • Able to camp for the duration of the program

Salary and Benefits

$600/week total salary

Application Process

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