Title: Great Smoky Mountains Trail Crew
Reports to: Crew Leader, Field Supervisor
Locations: Crew will be based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Project work will take place within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Season Dates: May 23 – October 14, 2022
Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt
Crew Structure: 6 Crew Members, 1 Assistant Crew Leader, 1 Staff Crew Leader
Wages: $400 per week, paid biweekly. A $2,417.14 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program
Southeast Conservation Corps:
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, Trails Forever, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are teaming up to complete a full-scale rehabilitation of Ramsey Cascades Trail. This trail is one of the most popular trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and has long been suffering from severe erosion problems which has led to environmental safety hazards.
SECC’s Great Smoky Mountains Trail crew will work alongside the Trails Forever crew to perform heavy manual labor projects related to trail construction and trail maintenance. Project work may include but is not limited to:
“Hitch” schedules may vary, but generally 5 days in the field followed by 2 days off, OR 9 days on followed by 5 days off. Members will be expected to report to the SECC office in Chattanooga on the first day. Transportation from the office to Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be provided. Driving of personal vehicles into the field is not permitted.
The crew will tent camp at a designated campsite while in the field. Workdays are typically 8-10 hours with scheduled breaks throughout the day. Depending on project work and location, other schedule variations may be implemented. 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.
Expectations of an SECC Corpsmember:
AmeriCorps members will receive an AmeriCorps living stipend of $400 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.
Participation and Expedition Behavior
Safety and Judgment
Outdoor Skills and Fitness (where appropriate)
Substance Free: In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property.
This program is available to all eligible applicants, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or religion.
To Apply: Complete the Application by visiting southeastconservationcorps.org/open-positions, upload cover letter and resume if available.
Any questions can be addressed to:
Kelsey Durr, Field Supervisor
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