Arizona Conservation Corps--College Credit--Grand Canyon Corpsmember
Arizona Conservation Corps

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Arizona Conservation Corps--College Credit--Grand Canyon Corpsmember

Arizona Conservation Corps
Location:
Flagstaff, AZ
Wages/Pay:
$310.00 / week
Experience:
No experience required
Start Date:
Job starts in 3 months (Jan 21, 2019)

Coconino Community College and Arizona Conservation Corps:

This crew is a collaboration with Coconino Community College (CCC) and Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC). Corpsmembers will participate in an AmeriCorps term working on trail maintenance and conservation projects in Grand Canyon National Park while being enrolled in classes with Coconino Community College and earning up to 14 college credits. College tuition and fees will be required from all participants. Financial Aid is available for eligible Students.

What does it mean to be an AmeriCorps Corpsmember at AZCC?

It means spending 10 hours a day outside in all weather conditions, working your hardest on a variety of projects focused on environmental conservation and habitat restoration.  All while being part of a large movement of volunteers working in AmeriCorps programs nationwide and developing professional skills to be applied in future jobs within the field of natural resource management.

Camping out for up to eight days at a time is a required part of the position.  Corpsmembers will be expected to take an active role on their crew of up to eight people, working and camping together to accomplish the project assignments. A passion for being outdoors and working with a team is required!

Members must be able to actively participate in environmental education activities and practice appropriate safety procedures in all tasks assigned. This includes safe use of and maintenance of hand and power tools as necessary.

Mostly importantly, participants must be willing to be an active member of a team, or crew, of up to eight individuals from different areas and backgrounds who are all interested in and committed to actively improving the natural world around them through a variety of projects all over Arizona.

Our Ideal Candidate...

Can work hard all day and loves to be outside

Has an interest in the project work and a passion for conservation

Isn't afraid to try new things or learn new skills

Enjoys working as part of a team towards a common goal

Likes to have fun!

Grand Canyon Crew Project Work

AZCC works with a variety of land management agencies in Arizona, such as the US Forest Service, National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management, as well as local agencies such as Arizona State Parks and local Non Profits.  Projects vary across crews and locations.  This crew will be focused primarily on conservation projects at Grand Canyon National Park.

Projects will vary but could include things like trail construction and maintenance, ecosystem restoration, habitat restoration, fire fuels reduction, barbed wire fence construction, invasive weed removal, herbicide applications and many others.  All projects require a willingness to work hard, be safe and have fun.

Training

Corpsmembers receive a variety of formal and informal trainings during their term of service.  The first week of the term is committed to formal training and orientation that consists of Wilderness First Aid, Leave No Trace, Outdoor Living, Crew Culture and goal setting.

Informal training will continue throughout the term with on the ground skills training to include things like tool sharpening, plant identification and an overview of public land management agencies.

Expectations:

AZCC is a drug-free organization; alcohol and illegal substances are prohibited. AZCC is an independent, non-residential program. The Corpsmember must supply his/her own personal outdoor gear and equipment such as a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, day pack, multi-day pack, work pants, hiking/ work boots, personal cook set, personal food etc. AZCC will provide the tools, protective gear and transportation to projects. Housing is not provided. 

Schedule:

The schedule is nine days on with five days off (Tuesday-Wednesday) meeting back at the shop in Flagstaff, AZ. The day starts at 7:00 AM with a stretch circle and safety meeting. The day includes two fifteen-minute breaks and a half hour break for lunch. The day concludes at 5:30 PM. Coconino Community College courses will take place in the Flagstaff office on the Thursdays following hitch from 9:00am-4:00pm with 1 hour break for lunch.

Compensation and Tuition:

Corpsmembers are paid an AmeriCorps living stipend which averages out at $310 per week or $620 biweekly before taxes. Upon completion of the term the Corpsmember will receive an education award of $2,960.00 for a 900-hour service term to be used for paying off student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.

Corpsmembers are responsible for paying up-front for all tuition and fees with Coconino Community College and purchasing books for each course. Total tuition fees for the AZCC/CCC term will amount to approximately $2,349 plus books for in-state residents and approximately $5,401 plus books for out of state. The complete CCC tuition pricing guide can be found here. Financial aid is available for eligible participants. To apply for financial aid, follow the instructions found here.

Timeline:

January 21, 2019- July 5, 2019

Course Descriptions:

SESSION #1:

ENG 101 College Composition I (3) Requires practice in writing, rhetoric, and reasoning, with emphasis on using the writing process to compose college level essays. Prerequisites: ENG 099 and RDG 099 or placement. General Education: Composition. Three lecture.

GEO 131 Introduction to Physical Geography (4) Natural processes of weather, climate, hydrology, ecology, geology and tectonics, diastrophism, volcanism, denudation, soils, glaciations, and coastal processes emphasizing geographic distribution. General Education: Physical and Biological Sciences. Three Lecture. Three Lab.

SESSION #2:

BIO 181 Unity of Life I: Life of the Cell (4) An introductory course for Biology majors emphasizing central principles related to cellular and molecular processes in the cell. Course will include molecular structure, cell structure, College Catalog 2018-2019 124 reproduction, metabolism molecular genetics and evolution. CHM 130 or higher recommended. Prerequisite: ENG 099, MAT 097, or placement test score beyond prerequisite. General Education: Physical and Biological Sciences. Three lecture. Three lab.

ANT 110 Exploring Archeology (3) History, methods, and theory of archeology with an emphasis on modern techniques of studying prehistoric and historical populations and their cultural remains. General Education: Social/Behavioral Sciences. Three lecture.

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