Great Sand Dunes National Park Conservation Crew Member – Salida, CO


Southwest Conservation Corps
Seasonal
Job Overview

Position: Great Sand Dunes National Park Crew Member

Dates: Great Sand Dunes NP Crew: May 25th – October 30th, 2020

Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program for the Summer

Location: Salida, CO

Stipend: $300/week

Ages: 18 – 30

Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible

Other Benefits: Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certification, Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment.

AmeriCorps Education Award: Trail Crew: $3,097.50

 

About the Position

The Great Sand Dunes National Park (GSDNP) is home to the tallest sand dunes in North America, all set against the dramatic backdrop of the Sangre De Cristo mountains of southern Colorado. As a member on the GSDNP Crew this will be your office as you assist park staff with a large variety of conservation and preservation projects. Your crew will consist of  6 to 8 members and 2 leaders. Crews work and camp for 8 days at a time in either frontcountry (access to your crew vehicle and trailer), or backcountry (hiking all your supplies in with backpacks) locations, in all types of weather conditions. You will work as a member of the crew; perform heavy manual labor, and complete conservation projects using a variety of manual and power tools. You will a participate in environmental education activities. Risk management is of utmost importance, and all procedures must be followed at all times.

Projects include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, invasive species removal, 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.

Schedules generally are 8-days on and 6 off. There is a possibility you could work 5-days on and 2-days off, or a variation of schedules requiring all AmeriCorps crew members to show flexibility. SCC does not provide housing on your off days.

All crews will go through an unpaid, 5-day orientation (May 25th – 29th, 2020). Food and space to camp is provided for this training.

 

Required Skills & Experience

 

Qualifications:

  • To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30
  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs
  • A US citizen that has received (or on track to receive) a high school diploma or GED
  • All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check.

 

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.

 

Participant and Expedition Behavior

  • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions
  • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program
  • Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of any kind
  • Appropriately represent SCC and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all time

 

Risk Management and Judgement

  • Effectively follow direction by others, so that you will be able to successfully manage hazards
  • Ask clarifying question when you do not understand a task
  • Maintain focus during workday, both while traveling and working in varied weather conditions.
  • If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage without assistance from others.

 

Environmental Ethics & Outdoor Skills

  • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living and work skills as appropriate to the project.
  • Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks

Substance Free

  • In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and SCC activities, and while on organization property.

 

TO APPLY: Visit https://sccorps.org/open-positions