Conservation Corps Member
Rocky Mountain Conservancy

Spend your summer making a difference in Colorado's incredible Rocky Mountains

Across Rocky Mountain National Park and Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest

Seasonal
  • summer

Conservation Corps Member

Rocky Mountain Conservancy
Location:
Estes Park, Colorado
Wages/Pay:
$440.00 / week
Experience:
No experience required
Start Date:
Starts in 4 months. (May 31, 2023)

Crew members will work with four to five of their peers and one crew leader to complete conservation, wildfire mitigation and/or historic preservation projects throughout public lands in Northern Colorado. Projects can include, but are not limited to, trail maintenance, wilderness patrols, trail construction, habitat restoration, historic structure stabilization and restoration, clearing trails of obstruction as wildfire mitigation and basic carpentry. Projects are completed alongside National Park Service and USDA Forest Service staff.
Additionally, crew members will participate in orientation and training activities, educational programs, shadowing opportunities and career development workshops. These will review safety protocols, Leave No Trace principles, backcountry preparedness, natural and cultural history topics, resume workshopping, USAJobs overview, and a review of AmeriCorps policies, expectations, and requirements.

This is a residential program; participants will be housed in bunk houses or tents throughout the season. Depending on crew location, crews may spend anywhere from 30% to 100% of their season living in tents. Please note certain activities such as food shopping, meal prep, eating meals, cleaning your bunk/tent/room, and evening activities do not count toward your term hours.

Crews work in the following locations:

  • Arapaho National Forests (Sulphur Ranger District)
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Roosevelt National Forest (Boulder and Canyon Lakes Ranger Districts)

Qualifications:

  • Positive attitude and interest in community service
  • Previous experience working in a group setting
  • Strong desire to strengthen personal growth and leadership skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Interest in conservation, historic preservation, or natural resource management
  • Dedication to complete the full term of AmeriCorps service
  • Proven flexibility and adaptability to a changing work schedule
  • An ability to empathize with others and work through adversity
  • Experience using hand tools (Preferred)


Requirements:

  • Must be a US Citizen, US National, or Lawful Permanent Resident of the US
  • Must pass the National Sex Offender Public Registry and applicable State and Federal background checks
  • Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, due to close living quarters
  • Must successfully complete physician’s review, if requested
  • Must be between the ages of 18-25


Essential Service Functions: Ability to perform the *Essential Service Functions 40 hours per week

  • Long (10 hour) days of shoveling, digging, and swinging heavy tools repetitively
  • Heavy lifting of up to 50 pounds
  • Walking and working on steep or uneven terrain
  • Carrying a 40lb backpack up to 10 miles
  • Occasionally having to work in adverse weather
  • Working, eating, and camping outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Adequately performing essential service functions is a requirement of this position. Reasonable accommodations are available upon request.


Position Responsibilities and Tasks:
Crew members must:

  • Actively participate in all training, orientation, education, and career development programs
  • Develop personal and professional goals, and create plans to achieve those goals
  • Create plans to achieve those goals
  • Substantially contribute to all service projects
  • Abide by safety protocols, including wearing all required PPE during project work
  • Follow direction and guidance of crew leaders, agency staff, and program manager

Training: As an AmeriCorps service learning program and to prepare Crew Members for work in-the field, the Corps provides orientation and technical skills training at the start of the program year and additional region or project specific training throughout the service term including: AmeriCorps benefits, team building and conflict resolution, diversity, safety and risk management, tool safety and use, tool maintenance, Red Cross first aid and CPR, defensive driving, Leave No Trace, and backcountry skills. No more than 20% of the term hours will be spent on education/training.


Role Clarification: This is an AmeriCorps member level position, NOT a staff member. While serving in this AmeriCorps volunteer position, AmeriCorps members need to abide by the below restrictions:

  • AmeriCorps members may NOT sign/approve official documents such as AmeriCorps paperwork, member timecards, performance evaluations, disciplinary contracts, project contracts or any similar documents.
  • AmeriCorps members may NOT be directly involved in project acquisition or contracting.
  • AmeriCorps members may NOT discipline other AmeriCorps members. While they may provide guidance, facilitate crew meetings, motivate, reward, and uphold safety policies on the service site, all policy violations and disciplinary action must be directed to and handled by Staff

How to Apply

Fill out the online application form, and send your cover letter, resume, and references to opportunity@rmconservancy.org.

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