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Utah Conservation Corps

  • 621 North 400 West, Cedar City, UT
  • https://www.usu.edu/ucc/index

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2024 Fall Climate Corps Crew Member

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.


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$2.2k - $2.2k / month

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Job Overview

Position Overview

  • Field Office Locations: Cedar City
  • Term of Service Dates (tentative): August 18 – November 23
  • Service hours required: 450
  • Schedule: Full-time commitment, hours & schedules vary from week to week with extended travel up to 10 days. Majority of time is spent on projects in the field.
  • Application: Complete the following application (see more details below) https://usu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bOrtdVQ0n1xF2No

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):

  • Fire fuels reduction activities including chainsaw operation and maintenance
  • Invasive species management, including herbicide application
  • Habitat restoration
  • Land inventory and mapping
  • Community service

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).

Special Benefits

Professional Development

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

  • Living allowance $1,134.43 distributed in equal payments throughout the term of service; total of $7,941.00 (note: this is taxable income)
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, $1,824.07 (available upon successful completion of term)
  • Professional Development Training Fund: $125.00 available for use during term of service for approved conservation skills and leadership trainings
  • Forbearance on qualifying student loans while in service
  • Conservation leadership experience
  • Chainsaw training refresher course with the option to evaluate through UCC National USFS Chainsaw Program as a B faller
  • Member Assistance Program (a mental wellness and life coaching program)
  • $75 reimbursement uniform reimbursement (boots/pants) for a 450 hr term

Minimum Requirements

  • Ability to live outdoors and work on a variety of fire fuels reduction projects, which may include 12-hour days using chainsaws, hand tools, applying herbicide, moving through uneven terrain, etc. in a variety of environmental conditions. UCC is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to serve with our programs.
  • Minimum 3 months worked in conservation, land management, or disaster response
  • Formal chainsaw training and experience in a workplace setting
  • Current First Aid and CPR (Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder preferred)
  • Knowledge of safe herbicide handling, mixing, and application and the ability to pass the Utah Non-commercial Pesticide Applicator State exam OR a current Utah Pesticide Applicator’s License
  • Familiarity with fire fuels reduction techniques and processes
  • Demonstrated outdoor/camping skills (guiding, conservation work, front country/backcountry skills – volunteer/informal/formal)
  • Able to lift up to 30 lbs. repeatedly and use hand tools
  • Maturity & professionalism in an environment with irregular and changing schedules
  • Alignment with UCC’s mission and values of safety, service, community, inclusivity, positivity, and engagement
  • Commitment to personal and professional growth
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or a lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
  • Eligible to enroll in an AmeriCorps term of service
  • Must undergo and pass a criminal history check
  • Have a high school diploma or GED or work towards obtaining one while in the program

Don’t let doubts stop you from applying for this position - Studies have shown that many candidates from underrepresented populations do not apply for jobs unless they feel they meet every qualification as described in a job description. We value inclusion and are striving to make service opportunities available to all. This is a position with training provided. If you are interested, we strongly encourage you to apply!

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