Title: National Park Service Fire Crew Member
(Those who identify as Women’s+ encouraged to apply)
Reports to: Crew Leader, Fire and Fuels Coordinator
Locations: Crew will be based out of Chattanooga, TN but will be camping and working on various federal and private land agency locations across the southeast region.
Season Dates: 1/15/2024 – 5/10/2024
Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt
Stipend: $500/weekly living stipend & $100/weekly housing stipend, paid biweekly. A $1,824.07 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program
Hitch Schedule: Typical “Hitch” Schedule is 9 days on, 5 days off. This is subject to change depending on the project partner’s needs.
Benefits: Food & transportation provided while in the field overnight.
Crew Structure: 1 Crew Leader, 1 Assistant Crew Leader, 6 Crew Members
Certifications: S130 (Firefighter Training), S190 (Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior), L180, IS100, IS700 (mix of online and classroom), S212 Chainsaw, CPR/ First Aid, Public Land Corps Hiring Authority Certificate (upon successful completion of hours)
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 various land management agencies in Tennessee and Southeast regions, 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 fuel reduction, public land fencing, 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.
SECC’s Fire Crew partners with the National Park Service (NPS). We encourage applicants who identify as Women’s+ to apply. Our 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 under-represented groups to enter conservation and natural resource management.
This Program will give you extensive training and certifications in wildland firefighting, chainsaw work, and first aid/CPR. While in this program, you will also build your resume to apply for federal wildland fire jobs. Part of this position will be working with prescribed fire and on non-fire related fuel reduction. Project work will occur in TN, GA, SC, FL, and AL. You will have the opportunity to visit and work in a diverse number of parks while you are on hitch.
Crews work in front country and backcountry locations in all weather conditions. Schedules may vary, but generally are 9 days on and 5 days off for camping crews. Workdays are 10-hour shifts with scheduled breaks throughout the day. Depending on project work and location, other schedule variations may be implemented. While the staff at SECC works 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. Crew Members are responsible for finding and attaining their housing when not in the field. On-hitch crews prepare all their meals and work together as a group to complete all necessary chores. Community/camp chores will be completed every evening, with many evenings including group discussions, conservation, and/or corps-related topics. The Crew Member must supply their 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.
Expectations of an SECC Corps member:
AmeriCorps members will receive an AmeriCorps living stipend of $500 per week and a $100 housing stipend 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 with 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, regardless of 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.
To Apply: Complete the Application, upload cover letter and resume if available.
Any questions can be addressed to:
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