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What does it mean to be an AmeriCorps Corpsmember at CCNM?
It means spending 10 hours a day outside in all weather conditions, working your hardest on a variety of projects focused on environmental conservation and habitat restoration. All while being part of a large movement of volunteers working in AmeriCorps programs nationwide and developing professional skills to be applied in future jobs within the field of natural resource management.
Camping out for up to 8 days at a time is a required part of the position. Corpsmembers will be expected to take an active role on their crew of up to 8 people, working and camping together to accomplish the project assignments. A passion for being outdoors and working with a team is necessary!
Members must be able to actively participate in environmental education activities and practice appropriate safety procedures in all tasks assigned. This includes use of and maintenance of hand and power tools as necessary.
Most importantly, participants must be willing to be an active member of a crew, with members from different areas and backgrounds. The crew will be individuals coming together with an interest in and commitment to actively improving the natural world through a variety of projects.
Roving Crew Project Work
CCNM works with a variety of land management agencies in New Mexico and Texas such as the US Forest Service, National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management, as well as local agencies and non-profits. Projects vary across crews and locations. This is a “roving” crew, meaning there will be an opportunity for a variety of projects that range in skills and geographic locations.
Projects will vary but could include things like trail construction and maintenance using hand tools and cross cut saws, ecosystem restoration, habitat restoration, fire fuels reduction, barbed wire fence construction, invasive weed removal, herbicide application and many others. All projects require a willingness to work hard, be safe and have fun.
Corpsmembers receive a variety of formal and informal trainings during their term of service. The first week of the term is committed to formal training and orientation that consists of Wilderness First Aid, Leave No Trace, Outdoor Living, Crew Culture and goal setting. Informal training will continue throughout the term with on the ground skills training to include things like tool sharpening, plant identification and an overview of public land management agencies.
CCNM is a drug-free organization; alcohol and illegal substances are prohibited. CCNM is an independent non-residential program. The Corpsmember mush supply his/her own personal outdoor gear and equipment such as a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, day back, multi day pack, work pants, hiking/work boots. Food will be provided while on project. CCNM will provide the tools, protective gear and transportation to projects. Housing is not provided.
The typical schedule is eight to nine days on with six days off, or, four ten-hour days with three days off either in town or on hitch (camping at the project) depending on proximity to the work site from Las Cruces, NM. 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 $285 per week or $570 biweekly before taxes. Upon completion of the term the Corpsmember will receive an education award of $2,255.24 for a 675 hour service term to be used for paying off student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.
January 21, 2019- May 24, 2019
Education award upon successful completion of service, Living allowance, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Food during projects is provided.
Transportation is provided from office to project sites.
Wilderness First Aid, and other certifications are generally provided although not guaranteed.
On the job training and experience building.
GED/High School Diploma, Credential or Certification
Uniforms provided and required
Subject to criminal background check
18 - 25