Location: Crew will be based out of Chattanooga, TN but will be camping and working out of TN, SC, AL, GA
Start/end date: 2/16/2020 – 8/4/2020 (first week is 6-day field-based member orientation)
Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt
Stipend: $300/week, paid biweekly. A $3,047.50 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program.
Benefits: Food & transportation provided while in the field overnight, uniform shirts, and personal protective equipment. Members will also receive orientations and trainings as available.
Crew Structure: 1 Crew Leader, 1 Assistant Crew Leader, 6 Crew Members
AmeriCorps Crew Members (CM) will work effectively as member of crew, comprised of 6 Crew Members, 1 AmeriCorps Assistant Crew Leader, and 1 Staff Crew Leader. The crew will work primarily in partnership with the National Park Service (Natchez Trace, Southern Campaign of the American Revolution in South Carolina) and the US Forest Service (various National Forests). Crew Members perform heavy manual labor related to environmental conservation and restoration projects, work outdoors in all types of weather and successfully adapt to various climates, and camp overnight outdoors in wilderness areas near work sites for short or extended periods of time. Crew Members also effectively learn and apply new environmental conservation and restoration skills and 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.
SECC is an independent, non-residential program. The Crew Member must supply their own personal 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.
Crews work in frontcountry and backcountry locations in all types of weather conditions. Schedules may vary, but generally are 9 days on and 5 days off. 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.
Crew Members are responsible for finding and attaining their own housing when not in the field. Crews prepare all their own 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 on conservation and/or corps related topics.
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 particular position.