This experience will be the story you remember forever.
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 goal is to help our members become the conservation leaders of tomorrow.
Crew Leaders (CLs) will lead 5–10 person crews on various conservation-related projects. CLs are responsible for facilitating a positive crew member experience by setting an example of enthusiasm throughout work and camp life. They provide leadership, mentorship, support, and training for their crew. They are expected to uphold and follow UCC’s values, ensure policies and procedures are followed, communicate with project partners, and record and report weekly project outcome data and other documentation.
We seek team members who:
The CL term of service is approximately 9 months, spanning 3 field seasons (Spring, Summer, and Fall). This position involves frequent travel, camping, irregular hours, and a varying weekly schedule.
UCC operates three 12-week field seasons throughout the year. The CL begins their term of service in the spring with intensive training in conservation, leadership, outdoor living, and Wilderness First Responder. The remainder of the Spring season is dedicated to development through experience, training, and peer-led project work. During this time, CLs become familiar with their responsibilities, learn proper tool use and techniques, and participate in conservation projects under the leadership of Field Logistics Technicians (FLTs) and other field staff.
Upon demonstration of essential competencies, CLs will receive an increase in their living stipend for the Summer and Fall seasons when they assume responsibility for leadership of their crew. CLs may be assigned to co-leadership duties, depending on project needs.
Crews serve on projects in a variety of locations. Field projects may be in the backcountry (hiking into the project site, camping away from a vehicle) or frontcountry (such as driving to the project site daily, camping at the vehicle, or non-camping lodging). Projects may also be urban (located in a city or town) or rural (located in national parks, forests, etc. with limited access to facilities and resources).
Project work may include (but is not limited to):
The schedules for crews in the field will change from project to project. Crews generally serve 10 hours a day (some days may be up to 12 hours including travel) on a 4-9 day “hitch” while camping in front and backcountry settings. Typically, crews will have 3-5 days off between hitches. Daily schedules will include two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute lunch. (The 30-minute lunch break does not count toward term of service hours.)
The Crew Leader position is an AmeriCorps term requiring a full-time, nine-month commitment.
Conservation Project Management
Crew Member Mentorship
Documentation & Reporting
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.
All crew members 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 chainsaw and hand tool use, project techniques, and first aid. Members will also have the opportunity to network with project partners, thereby developing possible future employment opportunities.
The UCC is for people who are passionate about the outdoors, conservation, service, and education. Our members have the opportunity to go new places, meet new people, learn new skills, explore careers, and connect with potential employers.
Note: Participants 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. Members are eligible for a uniform reimbursement up to $150. 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. UCC participants are eligible for pro-deals.
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