Southeast Conservation Corps
Trail Crews -- HIRING Crew Leaders and Crew Members for Adult Camping Crew and Veterans Fire Crew

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Trail Crews -- HIRING Crew Leaders and Crew Members for Adult Camping Crew and Veterans Fire Crew

Build Trails, camp, get dirty, and get to know the mountains of the Southeast.
Based out of our office in Chattanooga , Tennessee
Entry Level
Start Date:

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Corpsmember Responsibilities:

As an AmeriCorps program participant, work effectively as member of crew; perform heavy manual labor related to environmental conservation and restoration projects; work outdoors in all types of weather and successfully adapts to various climates; camps overnight outdoors in wilderness areas near work sites for short or extended periods of time; effectively learn and apply new environmental conservation and restoration skills and outdoor living skills; actively participate in environmental education activities; practice appropriate safety procedures in all tasks assigned; use, maintain and repair hand and power tools as necessary.


SECC is a drug-free organization; alcohol and illegal substances are prohibited. SECC is an independent, non-residential program. The corpsmember must supply their own food, personal outdoor gear and equipment such as a camp stove, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, day pack, multi-day pack, work pants, hiking/ work boots, etc. SECC will provide the group camp equipment, tools, protective gear and transportation to and from projects.

While the staff at SECC works to provide consistency throughout the season personal flexibility is expected and should be prepared for when entering the term as schedules, times, and work locations are subject to change per project needs.

Project Work:           

SECC works with a variety of land management agencies in Tennessee and throughout the Southeast region, such as the United States Forest Service, National Park Service, State Parks and conservation-based non-profits. Projects vary but include trail construction and maintenance, ecosystem restoration, habitat restoration, fire fuels reduction, fencing on public lands, invasive weed removal, herbicide applications, and many others. 


The typical schedule is eight to nine days camping at the project with five to six days off. Depending on project work and location a four day on- three day off schedule may be implemented. The day starts at 7:30 AM with a stretch circle and safety meeting. The day includes two fifteen minute breaks and a half hour break for lunch. The work day concludes at 6:00 PM. Community/camp chores will be completed every evening, with some evenings including group discussions on conservation and/or corps related topics.


March 2017 – July, 2017


To qualify, you must be a US citizen that has received a high school diploma or GED. All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. Crew members must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award.

Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements

Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization. These requirements are written the same for all positions and therefore may not apply directly to your particular position.

Participation and Expedition Behavior

·         Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences

·         Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of others for any reason.

·         Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training and national service.  Members must commit to participating in all crew/team activities, including service days in local communities where applicable.

·         Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues and organization staff.

·         Have the cognitive ability to learn necessary skills and apply them to effectively carry out the service work requirements

·         Appropriately represent the Program and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all times.

Safety and Judgment

·         Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance. You must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds.

·         Effectively perceive, understand and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques to manage hazards. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be given during exposure to the hazard.

·         Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions

·         Perceive and comprehend significant and apparent hazards, including those hazards previously identified by others.

·         Respond appropriately to stress or crises.

·         If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.

Environmental Ethics

·         Learn and practice ‘Leave no Trace’ techniques

Outdoor Skills and Fitness (where appropriate)

·         Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project. Additionally, remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed so as to remain generally healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries.

·         Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks. Conditions of this environment may vary significantly and may include severe and/or trying weather. The remoteness is such that it may require at a minimum one hour, but perhaps in excess of 12 hours, to reach the nearest advanced medical care.

Substance Free

·         In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property.

Required Age

Crew Members 18-26

Crew Leaders 21+ (Needs valid Drivers License and Wildness First Aid by start date)

Job Location: Based out of SECC office in Chattanooga, TN, United States

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

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If you have questions, please contact:

Sarah Brown

Recruitment and Support Services Coordinator

(423) 322-4976

Job Location

Chattanooga, TN United States

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Sarah Brown
(423) 664-2344