Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps WILDlands Technical Crew - Corps Member Application
Hiring corps members for the Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps (ESCC) WILDlands Technical Crew. The WILDlands (Wilderness Immersion Leadership Development) Technical Crew is comprised of conservation corps alumni to work on expressly technical trail projects focusing on trail construction and maintenance and especially in dry stone masonry.
Corps alumni who are interested in leadership positions within the land management industry are encouraged to apply as this program is designed as hands on, on the job training for leading a crew.

Job Description:
Ideal candidates have a minimum of 8 weeks of previous conservation corps experience and have the desire and drive to promote within the field to conservation corps crew leaders and/or crew leaders for the National Park Service, US Forest Service, or other state and federal agencies. Previous trail work experience IS required. If you do not have any experience in trails, please apply for our ESCC SEKI-CC Program (https://goo.gl/forms/qWEfxnqCwR0g3ctd2).

Exact job locations and dates TBD however potential locations throughout CA include the Devils Postpile National Monument, Lassen Volcanic National Park, the Inyo, Shasta-Trinity, and Klamath National Forests.

Work will be based at remote wilderness locations 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 not only required to engage in crew community development and personal development, but throughout the season you will develop your own crew development road maps under the guidance of an experienced crew supervisor. You will actively participate in the development of a safe, inclusive, and well-functioning crew community and practice how you would facilitate this development in the future as you look to lead a crew of your own with direct and constructive feedback from your crew mates.

Members will rotate in leading peers both in on-the-grade projects and in camp. Every member will develop food menus and practice ordering within a limited budget, participate in curriculum design and planning, work with experienced supervisors and project partners to on project planning including safety meetings and logistics, conduct member evaluations and development plans, prepare resume and career prep classes, and much more. The focus of this crew will be to turn your trail knowledge and soft skills into teachable action.

In addition to outdoor resource and trail work, corps members will participate in regular camp chores, position-related training's, physical training, daily curriculum and education, environmental awareness, cooperative living skills and exploration of surrounding wilderness areas through planned weekend backpacking trips. Additional training and volunteer time will occur over the weekends as well. This is a fully immersive program.

Must be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old and a US citizen, national or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.

Compensation and Benefits:
Members will receive a taxable weekly stipend of approximately $560. The living stipend is a fixed amount, not an hourly wage or a salary and direct deposits will be made every two weeks. $70 per week will be deducted for food which is provided for the duration of season including weekends.

Members are also compensated by building their field work experience, professional development and practical training's 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. You may use your own personal equipment as well.

Program Conditions:
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 received and delivered on an irregular basis.

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. (And you will love it!)

Members may 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.

Members will assist with crew meals and will be required to cook for themselves on the weekend. As part of the WILDlands training, each member will be responsible for planning meals and completing food orders for the crew. No vacation time is provided during this program.

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.

Members must follow all rules, policies and guidelines set forth by Eastern Sierra Conservation 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.

Applications accepted until all positions filled. Be prepared to submit a resume including detailed previous trail work, employment history, and references in addition to the questions below.

If you have any questions, please email us at info@easternsierracc.org.

Thank you for your interest in our program.

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Season dates are TBD but could be as early as May 1st and season end dates around September/October. Please give your availability for during this time frame. Discuss any challenges and/or time commitments you may have.
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