Montana Conservation Corps

  • Wildland Restoration Team Member

    Job Locations US
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(12/20/2018 12:21 PM)
    # of Openings
    25
    Category
    AmeriCorps
    Wage Type
    Living Allowance
    Wage
    USD $504.00/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

    The Wildland Restoration Team (WRT) Member gains valuable professional and practical experience in the burgeoning field of ecological restoration.  This is not a 9-5 job, rather an experience where long hours and extended time away from your home base are to be expected. Serving as a WRT Leader at MCC means having passion for service to others, for wild lands and wild places, for personal growth, or for any number of MCC’s values.  Leaders and their crews will camp for most of their term, oftentimes in remote locations in varied terrain and in all weather conditions. The primary focus of the WRT is the identification, treatment and inventory of invasive plant species throughout our most iconic and endangered landscapes in the Northern Rockies and Plains ecosystems utilizing chemical, mechanical and biological treatment techniques.  Other potential projects include chainsaw use, stream restoration, re-vegetation and Early Detection and Rapid Response of new invaders.  Not all WRT Members will work on all types of projects. This position is supervised by the Wildland Restoration Field Coordinator with support from other regional staff.

    Responsibilities

    Programmatic Duties

    • Ensure safety is the top priority during all MCC activities and projects; promote a ‘culture of safety’
    • Accomplish project goals to the standards and satisfaction of the MCC, Crew Leaders, and project partners/technical advisors
    • Follow all MCC policies and procedures contributing to the overall functioning of the crew and creating a healthy and supportive crew environment
    • Perform designated crew roles of crew journalist, tool, safety or vehicle swamper
    • Willingly participate in all elements of the MCC Member Development program, education, and crew activities to the best of their ability
    • Promote a positive public image for MCC by wearing the MCC uniform and acting in a professional and respectful manner at all times
    • Attend, assist, or lead MCC service days and other MCC events, help organize and implement service projects when possible
    • Work alongside volunteers on projects and provide leadership when possible
    • Exhibit a strong work ethic and positive service ethic throughout the term of service
    • Attend at least one public meeting and volunteer with local non-profit groups or agencies

    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

    Qualifications

    • High school degree, GED, or willingness to work towards obtaining a GED
    • Minimum age of 18
    • US Citizenship or lawful permanent US Resident
    • Ability to hike 3-12 miles per day in terrain that can be steep, rocky or uneven, often wearing a 45lb backpack while carrying tools and sometimes backpacking with full packs of 60 – 70lbs
    • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds repeatedly and use hand and power tools
    • Ability to pass a National Service Criminal History Check
    • Available for duration of entire term of service; commitment to completing entire term of service
    • 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

    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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