The Utah Conservation Corps (UCC) is an AmeriCorps program dedicated to developing the conservation leaders of tomorrow. We’re a non-residential AmeriCorps program composed of AmeriCorps members, staff, and partners dedicated to service to our community, the environment, and regions requiring disaster response efforts. Additionally, as an organization, we seek to provide a more welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds and experience levels to ensure a healthy, vibrant, innovative, and sustainable corps. The UCC is committed to an inclusive culture of community and service and to recognizing and addressing our shortcomings. Our vision is to create sustainable communities and conserve the natural heritage of Utah and the Intermountain West.
Climate Corps Crew Members (CCCMs) work and live in the outdoors as part of a field crew in service to public lands and the communities that surround them. Climate Corps crews are assigned to a variety of fire fuels reduction projects throughout Utah to mitigate wildfire risks, protect buildings and infrastructure. Members are primarily responsible for being a supporting member of their crew, upholding and abiding by UCC policies & procedures, and conducting themselves in a safe and productive manner. All CCCMs are trained in safe and proper tool use, project techniques, and outdoor living. Training topics may include advanced chainsaw and hand tool use, and project techniques. This position involves frequent travel, camping, irregular hours, and a varying weekly schedule.
Projects & Schedule
Field projects may be backcountry (hiking into the project site, camping away from a vehicle) or front country (such as driving to the project site daily, camping at the vehicle, or non-camping lodging). Projects may be urban (located in a city or town) or rural (located in national parks, forests, etc. with limited access to facilities and resources). Weather is variable, and work and campsites can range from 2,000-13,000 feet in elevation.
Projects may include (but are not limited to):
Crews generally work a 9-day or 4-day, 10-hour/day (some days may be up to 12 hours) ‘hitch’ schedule, while camping in front and backcountry settings. Typically, crews will have 3-5 days off between hitches. Days will include two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute lunch (the 30-minute lunch break does not count toward term of service hours). Crews should expect schedules and project work to vary.
This position is an AmeriCorps term of service that requires a full-time commitment (about 45 hours per week).
Complete the UCC Online Application found at:
You are required to attach a resume, cover letter, and 2 professional references (phone and email) to the online application.
**Cover letters should describe the following:
Research shows that candidates from underrepresented populations often don’t apply for positions if they are uncertain about the position qualifications and skillsets. This is a position with training provided, if you’re interested, we strongly encourage you to apply!
Why Join Us?
Through this experience, you will find a new level of hard work and determination by working long hours, oftentimes in challenging conditions. You’ll learn what it really means to be part of a team. You will create friendships and connections that will last a lifetime. In the end, you will gain the confidence and knowledge that you can and will conquer the hardest obstacles life throws at you.
UCC is a career exploration program for those wishing to advance their conservation and climate change adaptation and mitigation skills. All CCCMs will be trained in safe and proper tool use and maintenance, project techniques and management, backcountry, and outdoor living. Training topics and certifications may include intermediate-level chainsaw and hand tool use, and project techniques. Members will also have the opportunity to network with project partners, thereby developing possible future employment opportunities.
Compensation & Benefits
Note: Members must supply their own personal outdoor gear and equipment such as a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, day pack, multi-day pack, work pants, work boots, etc. CCCMs are eligible for a uniform reimbursement of up to $150 (for a 1700-hr term). A recommended gear-list will be provided prior to starting the term of service. UCC will provide project tools, personal protective gear, crew kitchen kit (stove, fuel, cooking and serving supplies) and transportation to and from projects. CCCMs are eligible for pro-deals.
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