Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC) seeks qualified candidates for Veteran Fire Corps Assistant Crew Leader positions based out of Flagstaff, AZ for the 2019 season. AZCC offers opportunities for individuals to work in a crew environment on national lands throughout the southwestern United States and elsewhere. Successful crew leaders are self-motivated, energetic and tenacious – they understand the value of hard work in the outdoors and are driven to excellence in conservation. Veteran status is not required for this position.
Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC) and Conservation Legacy are proud to be celebrating the 9th continuous year of operating the Veteran’s Fire Corps. The VFC aims to retrain recent era military veterans for careers in conservation, fuels management, and wildland fire-fighting. VFC programs accomplish this goal by immersing participants in a conservation crew experience.
What does it mean to be an Assistant Crew Leader on a Veterans Fire Corps Crew?
Assistant Crew Leaders will work in co-leader pairs to lead 5-7 members and are responsible for oversight of all field-aspects of their crew including project work, camp life and crew dynamics. Together they will work as a fuels crew for the duration of the season.
The Assistant Crew Leader (ACL) is responsible for facilitating a positive Corpsmember experience. This means creating a positive attitude within the crew about the work day, the project and VFC. The ACL is expected to learn new skills rapidly and assist the crew leader in teaching these skills to corpsmembers.
Over the course of a typical 3 – 6 month season corps members receive training in wildland firefighting, chainsaw operation and a variety of other topics. Members then go on to serve as members of a fire-fuels conservation crew, performing a variety of forestry and conservation work on Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and US Forest Service land in Arizona and New Mexico. At the conclusion of a program members are aided in the transition to federal wildland firefighting jobs.
Additionally, ACL’s will participate in an 8 day intensive leadership training to include things like conflict resolution, project partner interactions, leadership theory and more.
Experience and/or desire to work exclusively with recent era military veterans. Strong technical skills including: trail maintenance, chainsaw operation and maintenance, crosscut use and maintenance, hand tool maintenance, fencing, ecological restoration, and backcountry work and travel.
Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment.
Excellent communication and teaching/mentoring skills.
Strong conflict resolution and team building skills.
Proficient in computer programs and technology, especially email and Microsoft programs. Ability to perform administrative such as managing crew budget and documents.
Strong time-management skills and ability to work both independently and in collaboration with a small group.
Ability and willingness to work a flexible and varying schedule, including long term (2 weeks – multi-month) assignments away from the regional office.
Valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record.
Must be able to pass a criminal history background check.
Must hold an official certification in Wilderness First Responder and CPR.
B Faller Chainsaw certification, or the ability to attain certification prior to beginning of project work.
Prior AmeriCorps service.
Veteran status and/or previous work experience with OIF/OEF veterans.
Experience with backpacking, wilderness travel, LNT, camp management and outdoor leadership.
Previous employment with a federal land management agency.
Professional forestry or wildland fire experience.
Professional technical certifications in chainsaw operation, 4x4/OHV, wildland firefighting.
Relevant bachelor’s degree.
To successfully perform essential functions the Assistant Crew Leader is required to sit, stand, walk, speak and hear. Will be required to run, climb, hike, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl on a frequent basis. Will need to be able to carry heavy loads with backpack and to use hand tools in a variety of weather conditions.
Must be able to operate office equipment, telephone, computer, reach with hands and arms.
Must be able to drive a vehicle frequently/infrequently during work shift.
Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
AZCC is a drug-free organization; alcohol and illegal substances are prohibited. AZCC is an independent, non-residential program. The Corpsmember must supply his/her own personal outdoor gear and equipment such as a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, day pack, multi-day pack, work pants, 6 inch leather work boots, personal cook set, personal food etc. AZCC will provide the tools, protective gear and transportation to projects. Housing is not provided.
This crew will be operated out of the Flagstaff office. Crews typically work on 8-day on/6-day off schedules (Tuesday - Tuesday). During the 8-day “hitch” crews work together during the day, eat and camp together in the evening and learn together throughout. The crew member season will include one week of orientation followed by two weeks of basic firefighter training. The crew member season will include one week of orientation followed by two weeks of basic firefighter training. Assistant Crew Leaders will start before members arrive for orientation and training.
$480-600 per week depending on experience, pre-season training.
January 9, 2019-April 19, 2019
Participation and Expedition Behavior:
Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences.
Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training and national service. Members must commit to participating in all crew/team activities, including service days in local communities where applicable.
Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues and organization staff.
Have the cognitive ability to learn necessary skills and apply them to effectively carry out the service work requirements
Appropriately represent the Program and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all times.
Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of others for any reason.
Safety and Judgment:
Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance. You must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds.
Effectively perceive, understand and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques to manage hazards. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be given during exposure to the hazard.
Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions
Perceive and comprehend significant and apparent hazards, including those hazards previously identified by others.
Respond appropriately to stress or crises.
If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.
Learn and practice ‘Leave no Trace’ techniques
Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project. Additionally, remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed so as to remain generally healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries.
Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks. Conditions of this environment may vary significantly and may include severe and/or trying weather. The remoteness is such that it may require at a minimum one hour, but perhaps in excess of 12 hours, to reach the nearest advanced medical care.
Outdoor Skills and Fitness (where appropriate)
In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property.
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