Texas Conservation Corps (TXCC) participants engage in hands-on conservation projects on public lands, coastal regions, National Parks and recreational areas across the Central Southern United States. Crew Leaders co-lead a crew of eight individuals to serve with throughout their season. Crews work both hitch and local project schedules. These crews are based in Austin and focused on conservation projects in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. These members complete habitat restoration and trail projects (click for full list) with a variety of partners, from the National Park Service to Travis County Parks.
For hitch projects, crews will typically work a 10 days on and 4 days off schedule: leaving on a Monday, and coming back the following Wednesday. At the beginning of the week, the crew will go grocery shopping and purchase food with a budget provided by TXCC. The crews will then work, camp, eat, and live together until the end of their 10-day work cycle. For local projects crews will work a regular 8-5 pm, Monday-Friday schedule. During projects, the crews will get to and from their project sites using our vehicles, driven by the crew leaders.
Though most of the season will consist of conservation projects; these crews remain on-call and able to deploy should a flood, fire, hurricane, or other disasters occur. TXCC is both a state and federal resource during disasters, and leaders receive training in spontaneous volunteer management, donations management, and the Incident Command System. Common partners include FEMA and the Texas Department of Emergency Management.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Student loan forbearance, Training
CPR/AED First Aid Certification
Wilderness First Aid Certification
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
-Ability to hike 3-12 miles per day in rugged terrain, often wearing a 45lb backpack and carrying tools.
-Ability to lift up to 35 pounds repeatedly and use hand and power tools
-Ability to pass a National Service Criminal History Check
-Commitment to completing an entire term of service
-Strong service ethic and desire to serve the community and the environment
-Ability to work with a diverse group of people
-Willingness to work long hours in all weather conditions; ability to be away on overnight trips for up to 10 days at a time
Uniforms provided and required
Subject to criminal background check
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