Montana Conservation Corps

  • Veterans Green Corps Member

    Job Locations US-MT-Helena
    Posted Date 4 months ago(12/18/2017 11:33 AM)
    # of Openings
    15
    Category
    AmeriCorps
    Wage Type
    Living Allowance
    Wage
    USD $650.00/Bw.
  • Overview

    Veterans Green Corps (VGC) Members dedicate a season to addressing a variety of conservation needs. Veterans Green Corps Members work together for the betterment of America's public lands while building on skills in preparation for careers in wild land fire fighting and resource management.

     

    About Montana Conservation Corps

    Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) is a nationally-recognized nonprofit that instills hope and purpose in a new generation of young leaders who get things done to improve our lands and communities. Through hands-on service, our participants, including teens, young adults, and veterans, develop the self-awareness, grit, people skills, connection to place, and respect for their own power to enact change, to be leaders, stewards of the land, and engaged citizens who improve their communities. In turn, these young leaders improve hundreds of miles of trails and tens of thousands of acres of habitat each year. In 2017, over 600 youth, from local communities and reservations, and recruited nationally into our AmeriCorps program, will serve on a crew or as an intern for 3 to 11 months. MCC is based in Bozeman, MT, with regional offices in Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. We work throughout the Northern Rockies and Plains.

     

    About this Position

    Primary duties of the Corps Member (VCM) include working as part of a crew, under the supervision of the Crew Leader(s), to complete natural resource and community service projects, participating in all elements of the MCC program to the best of their ability, performing designated crew role functions and maintaining a positive attitude throughout the program. The VCM will utilize the support of their Crew Leader(s) and Regional staff to complete their term of service successfully. The VCM will establish and maintain a good working relationship with Crew Leaders, Regional staff, other members of their crew, project partners and community members. The VCM is an AmeriCorps member and is entitled to the benefit package offered all AmeriCorps members. This position will not have recurring access to vulnerable populations.

    Benefits

    • $650 bi-weekly living allowance
    • AmeriCorps education award upon completion of the program
    • First Aid & CPR training
    • Wildland Firefighting Certifications
      • Incident Qualification Card (Red Card)
      • S-212 certification - Wildland Fire Chainsaws
      • S-130/S-190 certification - Basic Wildland Firefighter, and Introduction to Fire Behavior
      • L-180 Certification - Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service

    Responsibilities

    Programmatic Duties

    • Work in a safe manner and contribute to a ‘culture of professionalism’ within the crew
    • Follow all MCC policies and procedures to help promote a safe, well-functioning crew
    • Accomplish project goals to the standards and satisfaction of the MCC, Crew Leaders and sponsor/technical advisors
    • Willingly participate in all elements of the MCC Member Development program, education, and crew activities to the best of his/her ability
    • Attend at least one public meeting and complete non-MCC volunteer service hours
    • Contribute to the overall functioning of the crew to help create a healthy and supportive crew environment; perform designated crew roles: crew journalist, tool or vehicle swamper
    • Attend, assist, or lead MCC service days and other MCC events when possible
    • Promote a positive public image for the MCC by wearing the MCC uniform and acting in a professional and respectful manner at all times
    • Work alongside youth and adult volunteers on projects and provide leadership when possible
    • Exhibit a strong work ethic and positive service ethic throughout the term of service

     

    Administrative Duties

    • Complete and submit required reports and other paperwork in a timely manner
    • Provide information for evaluation of Crew Leader(s), including both positive feedback and areas of potential improvement
    • Assist in maintaining inventory of shared gear and tools

    Qualifications

    Qualifications

    • Must have served in the US Armed Forces and have a DD214
    • US Citizenship or lawful permanent US resident
    • Minimum age of 17
    • High school degree, GED, or willingness to work towards obtaining a GED
    • Ability to pass a National Criminal History Check
    • Commitment to complete the entire term of service and participate in all aspects of MCC program
    • Commitment to work with peers of different branches and ranks of military, as well as civilians of different ranks
    • Strong service ethic and desire to serve the community and the environment
    • Willingness to work long hard hours in all weather conditions; ability to be away on overnight trips for up to 10 days at a time
    • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds repeatedly and use chainsaws/hand tools for extended periods of time
    • Ability to hike 3-12 miles per day in rugged terrain, often carrying a chainsaw/tools and a backpack

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