Montana Conservation Corps

  • Veterans Green Corps Member

    Job Locations US-MT-Helena
    Posted Date 5 months ago(12/17/2018 3:40 PM)
    # of Openings
    15
    Category
    AmeriCorps
    Wage Type
    Living Allowance
    Wage
    USD $650.00/Bw.
  • Overview

    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.

     

    Position Summary

    This AmeriCorps program 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 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

    • $1,252.91 AmeriCorps Education Award
    • $650 biweekly living allowance

    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

    • US Military, post-9/11 Veteran and have a DD214 or NGB-22
    • Discharge under Honorable or General Discharge conditions, Other Than Honorable Conditions Discharges will be considered
    • US Citizenship or lawful permanent US resident
    • Minimum age of 18
    • 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, usually camping
    • 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

    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.

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