Position Dates: April 2nd 2018 to August 17th 2018
Compensation: $360 weekly living stipend, AmeriCorps education award upon completion of term.
Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC) Flagstaff Office seeks qualified candidates for Assistant Crew Leader positions for the Spring/Summer 2018. 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.
AZCC Camping Crews based out of Flagstaff perform conservation work throughout Arizona and parts of the southwest. Crews typically work a hitch schedule, which typically consists of eight or nine days on and five or six days off, or four days on and three days off. During the “hitch” crews work together during the day, eat and camp together in the evening and learn together throughout. Assistant Crew leaders will start on April 2nd 2018 before members arrive to receive training. Crews also are occasionally deployed on national disaster relief efforts.
The Assistant Crew Leader (ACL) is responsible for facilitating a positive Corpsmember experience. This is done by creating a positive attitude within the crew about the workday, the project, and the Corps as a whole. The ACL is also a full partner in the crew’s leadership, helping to communicate directions, project specifications, and constructive criticism throughout the term. This position also requires open dialog with the Supervisor; helping him/her to manage Project Partners, crew assignments, and disciplinary issues. The ACL is expected to be able to learn new skills rapidly, and assist the Crew Leader in teaching these skills to the other Corpsmembers. Responsibilities also include driving AZCC vehicles, facilitating crew educational activities, and ensuring that crew members fulfill their weekly duties. At the end of the work week or spike, the Assistant Crew Leader is expected to complete their closing checklist, keeping all crew members on track and productive. ACL's will be asked to participate in training and additional work beyond the hours of regular crew members.
Job Progression: Over the term, the ACL will be expected to expand their role, learn leadership strategies from the Crew Leader, be able to correctly and completely fill out paperwork, and on occasion assume management duties for the duration of a project. The hope is that ACL and Crew Leader will act as one leadership unit.
All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check.
Excellent organization skills.
Physically fit and able to work long days in adverse conditions.
High School diploma or GED certificate.
Current Wilderness First Aid or higher and CPR certification, if placed in less remote environments.
Good driving record (insurable by current AZCC carrier) and current driver’s license.
Experience teaching, facilitation and team-building in diverse groups of people.
Leadership experience with youth or young adults.
Experience in Conservation Corps or Youth Corps.
Professional conservation, construction or landscaping experience. AZCC will train exceptional applicants.
Familiarity with basic chainsaw operations.
Familiarity with basic conservation skills including tool maintenance.
Relevant Bachelor’s Degree.
Experience teaching outdoor experiential and/or environmental education.
Current Wilderness First Responder or higher and CPR certification.
Sense of humor, spirit of adventure, and desire to make a positive difference.
Living allowance, Stipend
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.
College Degree, GED/High School Diploma
High School Graduate
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
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.
Subject to criminal background check
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