AmeriCorps Conservation Crew Member
Company: Northwest Youth Corps
The Community Conservation Corps program (CCC) was created to offer professional development and training for young adults aged 18 to 24, who are not currently in school or working.
The CCC program integrates team-based work projects, education, and professional trainings into a program that stresses leadership growth and the development of resource management skills.
Participants will earn industry recognized certifications while working on conservation, recreation, and maintenance projects
Training: The primary focus of the CCC program is to prepare members for full time employment with a combination of field work activity (85%) and industry wide recognized trainings (15%).
Program participants will receive some or all of the following trainings and certifications depending on their crew’s primary work focus:
- Wilderness First Aid
- Herbicide Application
- Chainsaw Operation
- Leadership, Driver
- Trail Construction and Maintenance
- Brush Cutter Operation
- Resource Management
- Conflict Resolution
- Map and Compass
Projects are in a variety of locations around Oregon
Example of a project: CCC Cascade Fuels Crew (Eugene): March 23rd – August 21st, 2015 (tentative dates)
Almost all projects will be spike based (Camping) with very occasional in-town (non-camping) weeks. Crew works a Monday through Friday schedule. Crew will primarily be completing thinning (Chainsaw) projects in the Willamette National Forest.
Work Project Participation: Team Members are responsible for the safe completion of assigned work projects in a timely manner to predetermined specifications. They work closely with program staff and other participants, paying specific attention to safe work practices, proper tool use, work quality and efficiency. Projects may include trail building and maintenance, tree planting, invasive species removal and herbicide application, fire fuels reduction (chainsawing/slash piling), fence construction and park maintenance.
Development: Team Members participate in educational and group discussion at least two times a week. Members will be required to participate in at least one volunteer activity over their term of service. An Individual Development Plan will be created by each member to foster self improvement and reflection as the program progresses.
Hours: Team Members will be part of an eight person crew lead by one staff member. During the five month program, crews work a variable schedule that may include some Monday - Friday in-town work and/or a nine on five day off schedule that will run Tuesday through Wednesday of the following week. Camping will be required on “spike” projects with some camping equipment provided. Housing is not provided on days off or evenings in town.
Members must complete a minimum of 900 hours of service, averaging 45 hours a week - including work, training, education, and travel time. A 30 minute lunch and at least two breaks will be provided each day.
- 18 - 24 years old
- Currently unemployed and receiving or qualifying for federal or state assistance
- High School Diploma, GED, or willingness to acquire GED within one year of program completion
- Experience in the outdoors
- Excellent physical condition and ability to lift 50 lbs
- Positive mental attitude and commitment to success
- Excellent judgment and flexibility
- Ability to listen, give and take feedback, and learn constantly
- Desire to go the extra mile to make a positive impact on oneself, others and the environment
- Ability to pass a criminal history background check
Northwest Youth Corps
2621 Augusta Street
Eugene, OR 97403
Phone: (541) 349-5055
Fax: (541) 349-5060