Title: Staff Crew Leader – In-Town Crew
Season Dates: July 24, 2023 – November 17, 2023 (17-weeks)
Reports To: Field Supervisor
Status: Full-time, seasonal, exempt
Starting Salary: $690 – $800 per week, paid bi-weekly DOE
Location: Crew will be based out of Chattanooga, TN and will be working at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park located in Chickamauga, GA.
Benefits: Transportation to and from project, uniform shirts, 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, 6 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.
Southeast Conservation Corps’ Crew Leaders perform many roles and are the key to our program’s success. The position is multi-faceted and demanding, but with opportunity for enormous rewards. Successful candidates will demonstrate resourcefulness, effective communication skills, excellent judgement, maturity, initiative, professionalism, and the desire to devote themselves to a crew experience where the needs of others are placed above oneself. The Crew Leader position requires mentorship, patience, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors. Crew Leaders are ultimately responsible for successes and shortcomings of the crew.
This position will be joined by an Assistant Crew Leader (ACL), an AmeriCorps leadership position focusing on the continued development of leadership skills. While this will be a collaborative relationship, the Crew Leader bears ultimate responsibility for member development, as well as high quantity project accomplishments for our partners.
SECC’s In-Town crew will be working in partnership with the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. Crew members will participate in a program that combines training and education with impactful conservation and service projects throughout the local area. The crew members will perform heavy manual labor related to environmental conservation and restoration projects. Crews work in frontcountry 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 but will focus on construction of trail structures such as turnpikes, but may also include:
Crews are in the field working Monday – Friday, completing predetermined projects created in collaboration with SECC project partners. Crew members will begin and end each day at the SECC office and spend some time each Thursday or Friday afternoon at the SECC office cleaning crew gear to prep it for the following week.
SECC is an independent, non-residential program. Crew members are responsible for finding and attaining their own housing when not in the field. Crew members have evenings, Saturdays and Sundays off, and return to the SECC office every weekday morning at 7:30 am sharp and end workdays at around 5:30 pm. The day includes two fifteen-minute breaks and a half-hour break for lunch
Crew members will need to supply their own personal equipment such as a day pack, work pants, hiking/work boots, etc. SECC will provide tools, protective gear and transportation between SECC office and project sites.
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.
Any questions can be addressed to:
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