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Gila River Watershed Chainsaw Crew Member Posted Aug 11
Arizona Conservation Corps , Tucson, AZ
Crews will be working directly with the Gila Watershed Partnership (GWP) on a restoration project removing invasive species and reducing fire fuels using chainsaws and herbicide, and planting native species.

AZCC offers opportunities for individuals to work in a crew environment on national lands throughout the southwestern United States and elsewhere. Successful crew members are self-motivated, energetic and tenacious – they understand the value of hard work in the outdoors and are driven to excellence in conservation.

AZCC Camping Crews based out of Tucson perform conservation work throughout the nation, but mainly in Arizona and New Mexico. Crews typically work on 9-day on/5-day off schedules (Tuesday - Wednesday). During the 9-day “hitch” crews work together during the day, eat and camp together in the evening and learn together throughout. The crew member season will begin with one week of member orientation followed by one week of chainsaw training.

As an AmeriCorps program participant, work effectively as member of crew; perform heavy manual labor related to environmental conservation and restoration projects; work outdoors in all types of weather and successfully adapts to various climates; camps overnight outdoors in wilderness areas near work sites for short or extended periods of time; effectively learn and apply new environmental conservation and restoration skills and outdoor living 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. No prior chainsaw experience is necessary, training will be provided.

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, hiking/ work boots, personal cook set, personal food etc. AZCC will provide the tools, protective gear and transportation to projects. Housing is not provided.

Project Work:
AZCC works with a variety of land management agencies in Arizona, such as the United States Forest Service, National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management. Projects vary but will primarily entail chainsaw projects such as fire fuels reduction and invasive weed (tamarisk, Russian olive) treatments and removal. Other duties may include trail construction and maintenance, ecosystem restoration, habitat restoration, fire fuels reduction, fencing on public lands, invasive weed removal, herbicide applications, and many others.

The typical schedule is eight to nine days on project (camping at the project site) with five to six days off in town. The day starts at 7:00 AM with a stretch circle and safety meeting. The day includes two fifteen minute breaks and a half hour break for lunch. The day concludes at 5:30 PM.

Corpsmembers are paid an AmeriCorps living stipend which averages out at $275 per week or $550 biweekly before taxes. Upon completion of the term the Corpsmember will receive an education award of $2,887.50 to be used for paying off student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.

October 2, 2017– March 24, 2018

Required Skills

To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 25, and a US citizen that has received 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. Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award.

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. These requirements are written the same for all positions and therefore may not apply directly to your particular position.

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.

Environmental Ethics:
-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)

Substance Free:
-In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property.

Job Location: Tucson, Arizona, United States

Position TypeFull-Time/Regular

Salary550.00 - 550.00 USD

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