Conservation Legacy

Women's Fall Conservation Saw Crew Member

Posted: July 14, 2020
Location: Durango, CO
Time Commitment: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program | Dates: August 24th – November 20th, 2020


This crew will be trained in and expected to safely use chainsaws, and other trail tools to complete a variety of conservation projects in partnership with local public land managers. The Women’s Saw Crew provides a supportive learning environment where women work, learn from, and grow with one another while gaining skills and certifications to propel them into a career in environmental stewardship.

As an AmeriCorps program participant with the Southwest Conservation Corps, your office is the great outdoors! Each crew consists of 4 members and 2 leaders. Crews work and camp for 10 days at a time in either front-country (access to your crew vehicle and trailer), or back-country (hiking all your supplies in with backpacks) locations, in all types of weather conditions. You will work effectively as a member of the crew; perform strenuous physical work related to environmental conservation and restoration projects; work outdoors in all types of weather and successfully adapt to various climates; effectively learn and apply new environmental conservation and restoration skills; actively participate in environmental education activities; practice appropriate safety procedures in all tasks assigned; use, maintain and repair hand and power tools as necessary.

Projects may include habitat improvement, hazardous fuels reduction, corridor clearing, re-vegetation, invasive species mitigation, 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 10-days on and 4 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.

Desired Qualifications

Qualifications:

  • To qualify you must be female, female identifying, or non-binary identifying
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 30
  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.
  • A US citizen that has received (or on track to receive) a high school diploma or GED
  • All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check.

Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements

Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization.

Participant and Expedition Behavior

  • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions
  • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program
  • Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of any kind
  • Appropriately represent SCC and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all time

Risk Management and Judgement

  • Effectively follow direction by others, so that you will be able to successfully manage hazards
  • Ask clarifying question when you do not understand a task
  • Maintain focus during workday, both while traveling and working in varied weather conditions.
  • If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage without assistance from others.

Environmental Ethics & Outdoor Skills

  • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living and work skills as appropriate to the project.
  • Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks

Substance Free

  • In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and SCC activities, and while on organization property.

Required Experience

Salary and Benefits

Stipend: $300/week | Basic First Aid Certification, USFS Recognized Chainsaw Certification, Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment. | AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,289.95 upon completion of program.

Application Process

TO APPLY: Visit https://sccorps.org/open-positions

Any questions can be addressed to: Eric Falk, Program Coordinator:


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