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Corps Member - All Women Trail Crew
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Deadline to Apply:
Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 12:00am
Hiring corps members for an all female and female expressive persons with the Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps (ESCC) for the Sequoia and Kings Canyon Conservation Corps (SEKI-CC) Program.
Job Description: Spend 8 weeks (June 17th - August 11th) working and camping within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, including some of the most remote and pristine wilderness locations in the park boundaries at least 15 miles from the nearest road. Members will gain valuable field experience while working on outdoor resource projects including trail construction and maintenance, habitat improvement, and restoration.
Work is based at remote wilderness locations within the park and ‘housing’ will consist of a personal backpacking tent. You will perform physically demanding manual labor in a variety of intense conditions, and live as an active part of a tight-knit and diverse community. Corps members are required to engage in crew community development and personal development. You will actively participate in the development of a safe, inclusive, and well-functioning crew community. In addition to outdoor resource and trail work, corps members will participate in regular camp chores, position-related trainings, physical training, daily curriculum and education, environmental awareness, cooperative living skills and exploration of surrounding wilderness areas through planned backpacking trips.
Corps members will learn directly from federal employees and specialists about natural resource protection and conservation careers. There is potential for an extension project for an additional 4-8 weeks following this crew work.
Must be between the ages of 18 and 25 years old and a US citizen, national or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.
Compensation and Benefits: Corps members will receive a taxable monthly stipend of $1680.00. The living stipend is a fixed amount, not an hourly wage or a salary. Food for the duration of the 8 week season will be provided. Members are also compensated by gaining valuable field work experience, professional development and practical trainings and certifications. In addition, members will be provided with most of the necessary backpacking gear required for the season including a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, hiking boots, and rain gear. A personal equipment list of required items will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
Program Conditions: While in the ESCC/SEKI-CC Program members will live and work in remote, isolated backcountry settings where you are far from immediate medical services and where emergency communications can be limited and delayed. Personal communication with friends, family, spouses/partners is extremely limited and infrequent. Mail is the only means of personal communication with those on the outside and it is received and delivered on an irregular basis.
Corps members will be exposed to the following adverse environmental conditions while living and working: rain, snow, extreme heat and cold, dry weather, lightning, high amounts of dust, camp and forest fire smoke, and high elevations, Work is extremely physically demanding and requires members to hike 3-20 miles daily over rugged, steep, uneven terrain while carrying 40-60 pounds in their backpack at a minimum pace of 3 miles per hour.
Corps members will live and work around stock animals (horses and mules) and can be exposed to environmental hazards such as wildfires, avalanches, falling trees, etc. and wildlife hazards such as deer, poisonous insects and snakes, bears, mountain lions, etc. All hazards will be addressed during safety meetings and training's. There are no modern conveniences or luxuries and use of personal electronics will be limited if allowed at all. Daily bathing and adhering to other personal hygiene standards are required. All food will be provided, but members will assist with crew meals and will be required to cook for themselves on the weekend.Members will be expected to follow regimented and structured conditions to maintain the health and safety of all members of the crew.
Rules and policies will regulate personal conduct and work performance. Because of what is needed to maintain a healthy camp and crew, members will have very little personal or alone time, follow a strict “buddy system” at all times, as well as, be expected to abide by a strict no drug/alcohol policy. Daily work hours will generally be 8 hours per day, 5 days a week and members will be required to perform tasks and chores outside of their normal project work hours as well as participate in curriculum, crew activities and events after and before project work hours.
Corps members must follow all rules, policies and guidelines set forth by Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Corps members found in violation of the Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps rules and regulations are subject to a system of disciplinary action that can lead up to and include termination from the program.
How to Apply:
Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Be prepared to submit employment history and references. If you have any questions, please email us at info (at) easternsierracc.org. Thank you for your interest in our program.