Dates: 14er Crew: May 27th – November 2018
Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program for the Fall
Location: Salida, CO
Ages: 18 – 30
Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible
Other Benefits: Wilderness First Aid Certification, Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment.
AmeriCorps Education Award: $2,907
About Southwest Conservation Corps
Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization that engages motivated young adults to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects on public lands throughout Colorado and New Mexico. Our programs focus on place based learning, life skills development, conservation service work, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility, and career development. SCC also provides an opportunity for Corpsmember to learn about the local environment, environmental issues, and get introductions to recreation and resource management careers.
Projects include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.
About the Position
Colorado is know for its soaring peaks, and none are more famous than those that rise over 14,000 ft in elevation, often referred to as 14ers. As an AmeriCorps participant of one of the Southwest Conservation Corps ‘14er’ crews, your office will be the high alpine environment on the slopes of one of these peaks. Your crew will consist of 6 – 7 members and 2 leaders. For most of the summer months your crew will be camped out in high alpine, backcountry locations for 9 days at a time. Crew members should be prepared for the cold and harsh weather conditions that accompany high alpine work, even during the height of the summer. You will work effectively as a member of the crew, performing heavy manual labor such as trail construction and technical dry stone masonry, to aid in the protection of the delicate alpine ecosystem. Corpsmembers will also participate in environmental education activities, practice appropriate safety procedures, and use, maintain, and repair hand and power tools as necessary.
Schedules may vary, but generally are 9 days on and 5 days off. There is a possibility you could work 5 days on and 2 days off, or a variation of schedules, so we require all AmeriCorps crew members to be flexible. SCC does not provide housing on your off days.
All crews will go through a 5 day volunteer orientation (May 27th – 31st, 2019). Food and space to camp is provided for this training.
TO APPLY: https://sccorps.org/fourteeners