Job Description:Spend 8 weeks (exact dates TBD: mid-June through mid-August) working and camping within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, including some of the most remote and pristine wilderness locations in the park boundaries. Members will gain valuable field experience while working on a variety of outdoor resource projects including trail construction and maintenance, habitat improvement, and restoration. This program is immersive and the entire duration of the 8 weeks will be spent in the park with the crew.
Work is based in remote wilderness locations within the National Park and ‘housing’ will consist of a personal backpacking tent without cell service, electricity, and flush toilets. 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 training, physical training, daily curriculum and education, environmental awareness education, cooperative living skills and the ability to explore surrounding wilderness areas through planned weekend backpacking trips.
Corps members will learn directly from federal employees and specialists about outdoor resource work, natural resource protection and conservation careers.
In addition to the 8 week service term, there is potential for an extension project for an additional 2-4 weeks before and/or after this crew work.
Qualifications: No previous conservation corps or trail work experience is required. 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 approximately $1920.00. 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 gaining valuable field work experience, professional development and practical job skills training and certifications. In addition, if needed, 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 your backpack. (And you will love it!)
Corps 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 and mitigated 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 weekends.
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. On weekends, crew members are encouraged to participate in explorations of their wilderness homes. No vacation time is provided during this program, it is completely immersive.
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.
Applications accepted until all positions filled. Be prepared to submit your resume including detailed employment history and references in addition to the questions below.
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