Montana Conservation Corps

  • Veterans Program Coordinator - Helena

    Job Locations US-MT-Helena
    Posted Date 1 month ago(10/16/2018 2:43 PM)
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Staff
    Wage Type
    Minimum rate of pay
    Wage
    USD $15.00/Hr.
  • Overview

    About the Position

    The Veterans Program Coordinator (VPC) staff position is responsible for supporting all Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) veteran program activities which occur in the Central Divide regional office.  The AmeriCorps program being supported is designed for US Military, post-9/11 veterans who are interested in gaining experience, education and professional development in resource management, wildland firefighting and other outdoor related fields.  Crews are generally comprised of individuals 19-37 years old.  Primary duties include the support of regional veteran program Crew Leaders, the development and delivery of technical skills training, coordinating and supporting veteran participant recruitment, technical and logistical coordination and support for crews in the field, communication between MCC and project partners, management of MCC vehicles, tools and gear, as well as shared monitoring and implementation of MCC’s program and administrative components. Additional activities will include teaching and modeling fundamental skills to participants, field visitation to help ensure the successful and safe completion of MCC projects, providing technical guidance to crews, and ensuring compliance with MCC policies and procedures. The VPC will work closely with other MCC staff to support all programs in the region, with emphasis on the Veterans Green Corps. The VPC is expected to maintain good communication between all regional staff, other MCC offices, project partners and crews in the field.

     

    About Montana Conservation Corps

    Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization which operates from offices in Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell and Missoula, Montana.  Our work takes place in a variety of prairie and forested locations in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, North Dakota and South Dakota.  MCC strives to give its participants the experience of a lifetime through challenging conservation work and the rigors of life outdoors, coupled with education developed specifically to create engaged citizens and lifelong environmental stewards.  A term with MCC provides the ideal opportunity to discover personal growth, greater self-awareness, increased confidence, communication and leadership skills, as well as the ability to meaningfully engage with those of diverse backgrounds.

     

    About the Central Divide Region

    The Central Divide Region is based in Helena, the capital of Montana, at the front range of the Rocky Mountains. Our city is nestled between Mount Helena and Mount Ascension, both city parks boasting a combined 80 miles of trail just a moment’s walk from the city’s charming historic downtown. Zooming out, Helena is conveniently located halfway between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks as well as Montana’s larger cities. Helena is within reach of high plains, great rivers and rugged mountains just as wild as when the Lewis and Clark expedition passed through the area more than 200 years ago. In Montana, where the mountains meet the plains, you’ll find “the Queen City of the Rockies.”

     

    Compensation

    $15.00/hour. Benefits include health/dental insurance with 50% co-pay.

     

    Diversity and Inclusion

    MCC seeks to provide access and opportunity to a diverse group of staff and participants, while continuing to identify and reduce barriers to being involved in our organization and programs.  We encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply.

     

    To Apply

    When creating your profile, please be sure to upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. All of this information must be merged into a single file to be uploaded under the link "upload resume."

    Responsibilities

    Project Oversight and Technical Support 

    • Provide technical and logistical support for conservation, natural resource, and special initiative projects
    • Develop Project Information Sheets to communicate to crews the specific details regarding project work
    • Instill a culture of professionalism and caring, cultivate safety awareness within crews; ensure compliance with MCC policies and safety standards within all crews
    • Ensure field work and activities are in compliance with MCC policies and regulations
    • Visit crews in the field to provide guidance, support, and assistance to crew leaders as well as ensure that project accomplishments meet project partner expectations
    • Meet with project partners as needed to coordinate project work activity
    • Respond to field issues and emergencies; provide emotional and behavioral support to participants
    • Share responsibility with other staff of coordinating and organizing gear, tools, and vehicles

    Program Support

    • Support the veteran program’s Crew Leaders and Members, including ongoing training, feedback, and contributing to periodic written evaluation of leader and member performance
    • Ensure high quality implementation of MCC programming; demonstrate thorough knowledge of MCC program objectives as well as education and training curriculum
    • Plan and implement regional technical and programmatic trainings components
    • Coordinate, implement and otherwise support participant recruitment
    • Demonstrate an ability to work across differences to promote inclusion of all staff, participants and partners
    • Monitor and oversee participant wellness through reviewing bi-weekly paperwork such as crew reports or incident reports, and conducting one-on-one check-ins and debriefing. Assist with filing workers compensation claims where appropriate
    • Attend and support statewide trainings when requested
    • In coordination with Program Manager, provide behavior improvement guidance and fair and appropriate discipline for participants as necessary

    Administrative Support

    • Ensure crew paperwork is of high quality and submitted in a timely fashion; including programmatic evaluations, Timesheets, Crew Reports, Incident Reports, Workers Compensation, Partner Evaluations, Project Accomplishments, and participant evaluations
    • Monitor projects and provide written documentation of field visits and program activities
    • Collect written and photographic documentation of project accomplishments
    • Participate in an emergency On-Call schedule

    Qualifications

    Minimum Required Experience and Education

    • At least two years of college or military experience, or equivalent work experience
    • Minimum age of 21
    • Veteran of US Military with experience teaching or training post-9/11 US Military veterans
    • Previous leadership experience, skills, or training
    • Current First-Aid/CPR certification required, advanced levels of First-Aid preferred
    • Effective written and oral communication skills
    • Ability to work as part of a team, and able to balance responsibilities to competing priorities
    • Experience in natural resource and conservation work, preferably experience with chainsaw use and maintenance
    • Ability to pass a Criminal History Check
    • A valid driver’s license and ability to be insurable per MCC parameters

    Physical Demands

    • Ability to hike 3-12 miles per day in terrain that can be steep, rocky or uneven, often wearing a 60lb backpack and carrying tools
    • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds repeatedly and use hand and power tools
    • Willingness to work long, hard hours in all weather conditions; ability to be away on overnight trips for up to two weeks at a time

    While this position description describes the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position, it is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. All Montana Conservation Corps positions may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities.

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