Veterans Fire Corps- Crew Supervisor
Southeast Conservation Corps

Backcountry Crew Camping in a WIlderness Area in NC

Work with the USFS and Southeast Conservation Corps to lead the Southeast Regions Veterans Fire Crew

Crew will be based in the Chattahoochee National Forest, on the Conasauga Ranger District


Veterans Fire Corps- Crew Supervisor

Southeast Conservation Corps
Villanow, GA
$650.00 / week
Some experience required
Start Date:
Job starts soon! (Jan 02, 2019)

Southeast Conservation Corps’ Veterans Fire Corps (VFC) Crew Supervisors perform many roles and are the key to our program’s success. The position is multi-faceted and demanding, but with opportunity for enormous rewards. Successful candidates will demonstrate high standards, compassion, excellent judgment, effective communication skills, initiative and the desire to devote themselves (at least seasonally!) to working alongside post-9/11 military veterans in an environmental setting.  The Crew Supervisors position requires professionalism, patience, mentorship, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors. Crew Supervisors are ultimately responsible for successes and short-comings of the crew. The crew will be comprised of six Crew Members.

Season Dates:   January 2, 2019 – October 31, 2019 (10 months)        

(1/2/19- 1/4/19 –Mandatory Leadership Training)      

Status: Seasonal, Full-time, & exempt                             

Location: Based out of the Conasauga Ranger District of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, located in GA. Travel and project work throughout the Southeast including, but not limited to; Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi, with potential limited travel within the western United States under AD (Administratively Determined) status as determined by SECC and the US Forest Service. **Please note: Housing is NOT provided, SECC only provides accommodations (camping, bunk housing, etc.) when the crew is traveling away from home base for overnight stays.

Salary: $650/week

Benefits: Paid certifications and trainings related to wildland firefighting, uniforms, boot reimbursement up to $200 (for boots meeting work/fire requirements), personal protective safety equipment, crew food will be provided when working/camping away from home base area.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The program engages participants in a cohort environment in which a team of recent- era veterans work together to train and complete natural resource management projects, primarily related to fire fuels management and fuels reduction. Additionally, the crew should be prepared to assist with other natural resource management projects such as trail construction and maintenance, invasive species removal, habitat restoration, etc. In addition to technical skills, the program also heavily focuses on leadership development, soft-skills, and teamwork. Project work and schedules will vary depending on region and season. Some projects will require the crew to work 5 days at a time with 2 days off (going home each night), while other projects require the crew to camp and live on project locations for 8 - 14 days at a time, followed by a pre-determined amount of days off.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • One year of conservation, fire, and/or corps leadership experience.
  • NWCG or equivalent Faller B Chainsaw Certification, S-130, S-190, L180
  • Excellent organizational & communication skills
  • Strong time-management skills and ability to work independently as well as with others
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently manage all aspects of crew life and production within a 40-50-hour work week.
  • Ability to pass USFS Pack Test at the “arduous” level (3-mile hike with a 45-pound pack in 45 minutes)
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment
  • Willingness to learn and be a part of a dynamic community of peer leaders.
  • Willingness to commit fully to the program and its mission.
  • Must be adaptive, patient and able to maintain a positive perspective throughout.
  • Chainsaw operations and maintenance experience
  • Physically fit and able to work long days in adverse conditions
  • Experience with backpacking, wilderness living, and travel, LNT principles
  • High School diploma or GED certificate
  • Must hold current/relevant medical certification (WFR, WEMT, or OEC) with CPR/AED
  • Must be 21, have a clean driving record (insurable by SECC) and a current driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience (one year) with SECC or other conservation corps or youth corps
  • Teaching, facilitation and team-building experience with diverse groups of people
  • Wildland Fire experience – one year (Hotshot, hand crew, engine crew, etc.)
  • Wildland firefighting certifications S131 – FFT1, S211, and S219
  • Familiarity with basic conservation skills (hand tool use and maintenance, etc.)
  • Strong conflict resolution skills
  • Relevant Bachelor’s Degree
  • A sense of humor, a spirit of adventure, and a desire to make a positive difference and promote leadership in others

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