Title: AmeriCorps Assistant Crew Leader – Great Smoky Mountains Trail Crew
Season Dates: July 24, 2023 – November 17, 2023 (17-weeks)
Reports To: Crew Leader, Field Supervisor
Status: Full-time, seasonal, exempt, 450-hour AmeriCorps National Service Position
Stipend: $650 per week, paid biweekly. A $1,718.25 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program.
Location: Crew will be based out of Chattanooga, TN but will be camping and working in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Benefits: Food & transportation provided while in the field overnight, uniform shirts, and personal protective equipment. Members will also receive orientations and trainings as available. Members will earn hours towards a PLC Hiring Authority.
Crew Structure: 1 Crew Leader, 1 Assistant Crew Leader, 4 Crew Members
Southeast Conservation Corps:
Engaging future leaders who protect, restore, and enhance our nation’s lands through community-based service.
Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC), a program of Conservation Legacy, is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization. SECC selects young adults, ages 18-30, to complete conservation work projects on public lands throughout the Southeast. SECC programs encourage environmental stewardship, foster community partnerships, and emphasize experiential learning. SECC serves a diverse population that is representative of the Southeast, including youth, graduates, veterans, and a cross-section of ethnicities and income levels. SECC is also an active member of the AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team (A-DRT), and as such, selected crews may be deployed on Disaster response projects for up to 30 days.
SECC works with a variety of land management agencies in Tennessee and throughout the Southeast region, such as the United States Forest Service, National Park Service, State Parks, and conservation-based non-profits. Projects vary but include trail construction and maintenance, ecosystem restoration, habitat restoration, fire fuels reduction, fencing on public lands, invasive weed removal, herbicide applications, and many others. The project work is manual labor based and most projects require a hike into and out of the project site daily carrying tools and a day pack.
This crew engages motivated young adults ages 18-30, 35 for veterans, and will be working in partnership with The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The crew members will team up with the Trails Forever Crew to perform heavy manual labor related to environmental conservation and restoration projects. Crews work in frontcountry and backcountry locations in all types of weather conditions. As such, members should be open to adapting to various climates.
Although everyone is encouraged to apply, preference will be given to applicants who identify as Women’s+. The term “Women’s+” is inclusive of trans, non-binary, genderfluid individuals, and cis women. This program model fosters a supportive learning environment where participants can maximize their opportunities to grow and develop while gaining certifications to propel them into a career in environmental stewardship. It also creates an intentional space for groups that are under-represented to step into conservation and natural resource management.
The AmeriCorps Assistant Crew Leader (ACL) is responsible for facilitating a positive Crew Member experience. The ACL is a full partner in the crew’s leadership, helping to communicate directions, projects specifications and constructive criticism throughout the term. This position requires open dialog with the Staff Crew Leader; helping them to manage projects, project partners communications, overall logistics, and crew assignments.
This crew will be working in partnership with The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The crew members will team up with the Trails Forever Crew to perform heavy manual labor related to environmental conservation and restoration projects. Crews work in frontcountry and backcountry locations in all types of weather conditions. As such, members should be open to adapting to various climates.
Crew Members effectively learn and apply new environmental conservation skills/restoration skills/outdoor-living skills, actively participate in environmental education activities, practice appropriate safety procedures in all tasks assigned, and use, maintain and repair hand and power tools as necessary.
Project work may vary due to seasonality and environmental safety concerns. Projects that crews typically work on may include, but are not limited to:
The crew will spend one week during their season shadowing SECC Individual Placement partners in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This can include Wildlife Management, Fishery Management, Vegetation Management, Vegetation Monitoring, Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Monitoring, and Archeology.
The crew will tent camp in the field for the entire season. Workdays are typically 10 hours with scheduled breaks throughout the day. Depending on project work and location, other schedule variations may be implemented. This position operates on 5 days of work with 2 days off between hitches.
The day starts at 7:30 AM with a stretch circle and safety meeting. The day includes two fifteen-minute breaks and a half-hour break for lunch. Typically, the workday concludes at 6:00 PM, with group meals and community/camp chores following, every evening. Additionally, with some evenings including group discussions on conservation and/or corps related topics.
While the staff at SECC and partners work to provide consistency throughout the season, personal flexibility is expected and should be prepared for when entering the term as schedules, times, and work locations are subject to change per project needs.
SECC is an independent, non-residential program. Assistant Crew Leaders are responsible for finding and attaining their own housing when not in the field. Assistant Crew Leaders must supply their own personal outdoor gear and equipment such as a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, day pack, multi-day pack, work pants, hiking/work boots, etc. SECC will provide group camp equipment, tools, protective gear and transportation between SECC Office and project sites.
Assistant Crew Leader AmeriCorps members will receive an AmeriCorps living stipend of $650 per week before taxes, dispersed biweekly. Upon successful completion of the term of service AmeriCorps members will earn an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award to be used for student loans, qualifying programs/classes, or tuition for traditional Title IV accredited colleges.
Expectations of an SECC Corpsmember:
Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements:
Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization. These requirements are written the same for all positions and therefore may not apply directly to your position.
Leadership & Mentorship
Project Management & Implementation
Safety & Risk Management
Safety and Judgment:
Outdoor Skills and Fitness (where appropriate):
In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property.
To Apply: Complete the Application, upload cover letter and resume.
This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, genetic information, and military service. Where a significant portion of the population eligible to be served needs services or information in a language other than English, the recipient shall take reasonable steps to provide written material of the type ordinarily available to the public in appropriate languages.
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