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Utah Conservation Corps offers lifetime and career-defining opportunities to live and work in Utah, doing hands-on work at the critical intersection of public lands and public use. We offer 3-month to 10-month opportunities through AmeriCorps positions. You’ll live and work in some of the most beautiful places on the planet. The living stipend is modest, and the work is tough. The education award is helpful, and the skills you learn will be substantial. Some days will be long, but in the end, your time in Utah will seem too short. What you take with you will last forever.

  • Field Logistics Technician

    Moab, Cedar City, and Logan
    $2,200.00 / month

    The UCC Field Logistics Technician (FLT) position focuses on providing leadership and support to multiple UCC field crews and assisting UCC field staff in execution of seasonal trainings and logistical coordination. The FLT is an integral member of UCC field operations, ensuring that UCC field crews are adequately trained and prepared to perform high quality conservation service in a positive, safe, and productive environment. Support of field crews and operations may include (but is not limited to): working with crews at their project sites, assisting with training crew leaders and members, performing project site visits, managing logistics for standard and specialized crews, maintaining tools and equipment, data entry and administrative tasks in the field office, and assisting with crew member recruitment efforts. The FLT is also responsible for working alongside regional staff to develop positive, lasting relationships with project partners.

    The UCC FLT term of service is approximately 10 months, spanning 3 field seasons (Spring, Summer, Fall). This position involves frequent travel, camping, irregular hours, and a varying weekly schedule. The FLT must have strong leadership and communication skills, flexibility, capacity for self-direction, a passion for conservation work, and a desire to provide mentorship to emerging conservation leaders.

    The FLT begins their term of service in early spring, prior to UCC Crew Leader Candidates (CLC) beginning their service. During this time, FLT’s are oriented to their position and field office, and will assist regional staff with preparation for spring training. FLT’s will participate in the spring training period alongside CLC’s. After the spring training period, conservation projects will commence for the remainder of the spring season (March – May). Field Staff and FLT’s will provide extra attention to debriefing projects, helping CLC’s refine tool and project techniques, attending to areas of individual growth, and teaching the full responsibilities of the UCC Crew Leader position.  

    The Utah Conservation Corps supports FLT’s in gaining advanced conservation corps leadership experience and attaining high level technical skills training during their term, while interfacing with infield operations and field office administration.
     

    Field Office Locations: Logan, Utah |Cedar City, Utah | Moab, Utah
    Term of Service Dates: February 1 – November 22, 2022
    Schedule: Full-time commitment, hours & schedule vary week to week. Approximately 50% time in the field; 50% time in the field office. Percentages are general and are subject to change based on office and field needs throughout the year.

    PROJECTS & SCHEDULE

    UCC operates three 12-week field seasons over the course of the year. The spring season is dedicated to development of Crew Leaders through formal training and peer-led project work. During our summer and fall field seasons, multiple 5-person field crews are mobilized out of three field offices (Logan, Moab, and Cedar City) to address conservation efforts in Utah and the intermountain west.

    FLT’s may or may not be on a typical ‘hitch’ schedule as outlined below. The FLT schedule is highly variable depending on field office and projects needs. The Field Logistics Technician position is an AmeriCorps term requiring a full-time, ten-month commitment.

    Field projects may be backcountry (hiking into project site, camping away from vehicle) or front country (driving to project site daily, camping at vehicle, or possibility of non-camping accommodations provided). Projects may be urban (located in a city or town) or rural (located in national parks, forests, etc. with limited access to facilities and resources). Project work will vary due to seasonality and environmental safety concerns.

    Projects may include (but are not limited to):

    • Trail construction and maintenance
    • Invasive species management, including herbicide application
    • Habitat restoration
    • Fence installation/repair
    • Land Management Inventory and Mapping
    • Fire fuels reduction
    • National Disaster Response efforts
    • Community service
    • Recreation and facilities maintenance and construction
    • Recreation signage repair

    UCC crews and project work may focus on specialized objectives. Recent examples of this specialized work include a bike crew (crew members use bicycles as their only mode of transportation to/from project sites), accessibility surveying in the National Forest sites (providing opportunities for people of all abilities to serve and recreate) and providing disaster response to flood and storm damaged communities across the country. UCC often operates urban crews, performing important conservation work in urban open space areas.

    Every crew will have unique project and travel schedules. Generally, crews work a 9-day or 4-day,10- hours/day (some days may be up to 12 hours/day) ‘hitch’ schedule, while camping in front and backcountry settings. Typically, crews will have 5 days off or 3 days off in the town of the home base office. There may be instances when the hitch schedule does not allow for the previously listed number of days off between hitches, or crews may be required to have off days near their project location. Crews are respectfully asked to remain flexible regarding hitch and time off scheduling. Crews should expect project schedules and project work to vary. Days will include two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute lunch.

    REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS 

    • At least 21 years of age
    • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
    • Eligible to enroll in an AmeriCorps term of service
    • Agree to undergo a National Criminal History Check
    • Have a high school diploma or GED
    • 6 months minimum leadership or supervisory experience in a team or crew-based setting (required)
    • Demonstrated outdoor skills (required)
    • Camping experience, including backpacking (required)
    • 6 months conservation corps, public lands management, or similar land management experience (strongly preferred)
    • Faller B chainsaw training and substantial experience using a chainsaw (preferred)
    • Trail maintenance and construction experience (preferred)
    • Experience with conflict management & resolution skills in small groups, including a willingness to accept differences
    • Employ proactive, active, and effective communication with crew leaders and field staff
    • High degree of maturity & professionalism in an environment with irregular and changing schedules
    • Commitment to personal and professional growth
    • Ability to self-direct and self-educate
    • Demonstrated ability to self-direct, problem solve, and be creative to meet programmatic goals
    • Flexibility - ability and desire to work in a dynamic environment and embrace change
    • Ability and willingness to adapt, adjust, and problem solve to manage multiple conservation field crews in a variety of locations and settings
    • Ability and willingness to work a varying and irregular schedule
    • Ability, willingness, and desire to live and work out of a tent in all weather conditions
    • Willingness and physical ability to work on a variety of conservation projects, which may include 12-hour days using chainsaws, hand tools, applying herbicide, etc.
    • Alignment to UCC mission and values of safety, service, community, inclusivity, positivity, and commitment
    • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, training, and National Service. Members must commit to participating in all crew activities, including service days in local communities where applicable.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    1. Field Crew Support

    • Provides technical, logistical, and administrative support to field crews
    • Provides field crews with training, guidance, and feedback in a structured environment
    • Serves as a role model, resource, mediator, and advisor for field crews
    • Cultivate a supportive learning environment for Crew Leaders and Crew Members
    • Facilitate positive crew dynamics and a communicative atmosphere
    • Assists field staff with written mid-term and final evaluations for Crew Leaders
    • Conducts regular risk management audits in the field
    • Assist field staff with project planning through communication with project partners
    • Ensures compliance with UCC protocols and procedures, and enforces policies
    • Assists in taking weekly check in calls from crews in the field
    • Assists and/or supervises the rig-up (pre-hitch) and de-rig (post hitch) of crews at the field office
    • Serves as a temporary crew leader, as needed

    2. Training Assistance

    • Assists with seasonal crew training sessions and provides ongoing training in the field during each field season.
    • Topics may include (but are not limited to):
      • Trail Maintenance & Construction
      • Proper Tool Use & Maintenance
      • Critical Incident Scenario
      • Outdoor Leadership Skills
      • Pre-Project Planning & Organization
      • Chainsaw Training & Certification
      • Conflict Resolution o Debriefs & Feedback
      • Rig-Up and De-Rig Procedures
      • Vehicle Inspections and Maintenance
      • Herbicide; safety, use, and storage.
      • Outdoor Skills o Expedition Behavior
      • Leave No Trace
      • Food & Menu Planning
      • Map & Compass
      • Common Backcountry Medical Issues (blisters, dehydration, etc.)
      • Packing and Fitting a Backpack
      • Group Campsite: food storage, hygiene, water purification, stoves, dish washing system, etc.

    3. Tool and Equipment Management 

    • Communicates tool and equipment needs to UCC field staff
    • Assists in the maintenance of hand tools, chain saws, brush cutters, micro blasters, camp equipment, and more
    • Assists in the inventory of tools and equipment assigned to crews and projects

    4. Projects and Partnerships Development

    • Under the supervision of regional UCC staff, attend site visits and discuss current and future project assignments with project partners
    • Facilitate the development of positive and sustainable relationships with project partners

    BENEFITS

    • AmeriCorps Living Allowance of $1,100.00 paid twice per month
    • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, $6,345.00 (available upon successful completion of term)
    • Health Insurance benefit of up to $100.00 a month on new plans through the Marketplace on Healthcare.gov
    • Professional Development Training Fund: $500.00 available for use during term of service
    • Forbearance on qualifying student loans while in service
    • Conservation Leadership Experience
    • Wilderness First Responder Certification
    • Option to qualify through UCC National USFS Chainsaw Program as an A faller, apprentice sawyer
    • Utah Non-commercial Pesticide Applicator License
    • Member Assistance Program

    TO APPLY

    Complete the UCC Online Application found at https://www.usu.edu/ucc/apply/field-boss

    You are required to attach a resume, and a list of 3 professional references (phone and email) to the online application. Application review will continue through January 2022. Positions open until filled.

    Utah Conservation Corps is an equal opportunity program. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran, or disabled status. UCC is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for application and service with our programs.

    UCC’s Zero Tolerance Policies

    The following behaviors will result in immediate termination. At no time may the UCC AmeriCorps member:

    Engage in activities that pose a significant safety risk to others or physically or emotionally damage members of the program, or community such as harassment, hostile work environment, or bullying

    Possess, consume, or be under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol during the performance of service activities or while living and working at the UCC project site, camp site, or in UCC vehicles (which includes showing up to work hung over)

    Fail to notify the UCC of a criminal arrest

  • Field Crew Leader

    Moab, Cedar City, and Logan
    $1,950.00 / month

    The UCC Crew Leader position focuses on providing opportunities for individuals aspiring to assume a leadership role for a variety of conservation projects. The UCC Crew Leader program term of service is approximately 9 months, spanning 3 field seasons (Spring, Summer, Fall).

    The UCC Crew Leader begins their term of service in the Spring as a Crew Leader Candidate (CLC). CLC’s participate in hard skills training and peer-led conservation projects during the Spring season (February – May). Field Staff will provide extra attention to debriefing projects, helping CLC’s refine tool and project techniques, attending to areas of individual growth, and teaching the full responsibilities of the UCC Crew Leader position. Informal training will continue throughout the term of service with on-the-ground skills and project-specific training, as needed.

    CLC’s will be evaluated by Field Staff throughout the Spring season. Upon demonstration of essential competencies, CLC’s will be promoted into a UCC Crew Leader role for the Summer and Fall seasons. UCC Crew Leaders may be required to co-lead in collaboration with another Crew Leader during the Summer and Fall seasons depending on project needs.

    During the Summer and Fall seasons, UCC Crew Leaders are responsible for facilitating a positive crew member experience by setting an example of enthusiasm throughout work and camp life while leading a 5 to 10-person crew on various conservation-related projects. UCC Crew Leaders provide direct leadership, mentorship, support, and training for their UCC field crew. Crew Leaders are also responsible for upholding UCC values, ensuring that UCC policies and procedures are followed, communicating with project partners, and recording and reporting weekly project outcome data and other documentation.

    Change the World! Blaze a Career Path! Be Outdoors!

    2022 UCC CREW LEADER

    (General Field Crews)

    The Utah Conservation Corps (UCC) is an AmeriCorps program dedicated to developing the conservation leaders of tomorrow.

    Field Office Locations: Logan, Utah | Cedar City, Utah | Moab, Utah

    Term of Service Dates: February 16 – November 22, 2022

    Schedule: Full-time commitment, hours & schedule vary week to week. Nearly 100% of time is spent on projects in the field.

    Application: Submit your application at https://www.usu.edu/ucc/apply/crew-leader

    Application review begins will continue through January 2022. Positions open until filled.

    PROJECTS & SCHEDULE

    UCC field crews are assigned to a variety of conservation-related projects across Utah and the intermountain west. Projects may be backcountry (hiking into project site, camping away from vehicle) or front country (driving to project site daily, camping at vehicle, or possibility of non-camping accommodations provided). Projects may be urban (located in a city or town) or rural (located in national parks, forests, etc. with limited access to facilities and resources).

    Project work may vary due to seasonality and environmental safety concerns. Projects may include (but are not limited to):

    • Trail construction and maintenance

    • Invasive species management, including herbicide application

    • Habitat restoration

    • Fence installation/repair

    • Land Management Inventory and Mapping

    • Fire fuels reduction

    • National Disaster Response efforts

    • Community service

    • Recreation and facilities maintenance and construction

    • Recreation signage repair

    Every crew will have unique project and travel schedules. Generally, crews work a 9-day or 4-day,10-hours/day (some days may be up to 12 hours/day) ‘hitch’ schedule, while camping in front and backcountry settings. Typically, crews will have 5 days off or 3 days off in the town of the home base office. There may be instances when the hitch schedule does not allow for the previously listed number of days off between hitches, or crews may be required to have off days near their project location. Crews are respectfully asked to remain flexible regarding hitch and time off scheduling. Crews should expect project schedules and project work to vary. Days will include two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute lunch.

    This position could also be deployed for national disaster relief, outside of the region, for multiple weeks at a time.

    The Crew Leader position is an AmeriCorps term requiring a full-time, nine-month commitment.

    GENERAL INFORMATION

    UCC is a non-residential program. Participants must supply their own personal outdoor gear and equipment such as a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, day pack, multi-day pack, work pants, work boots, etc. A recommended gear-list will be provided prior to starting the term of service. UCC will provide project tools, personal protective gear, crew kitchen kit (stove, fuel, cooking and serving supplies) and transportation to and from projects. UCC participants are eligible for pro-deals.

    REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS

    • At least 21 years of age

    • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

    • Eligible to enroll in an AmeriCorps term of service

    • Agree to undergo a National Criminal History Check

    • Have a high school diploma or GED

    • Demonstrated outdoor skills (required)

    • Camping experience, including backpacking (required)

    • Previous conservation corps, public lands management, or similar experience (preferred)

    • Chainsaw experience (preferred)

    • Trail maintenance and construction experience (preferred)

    • Leadership experience and demonstrated leadership skills

    • Experience teaching, training, or mentoring others

    • Conflict management & resolution skills in small groups, including a willingness to accept differences

    • High degree of maturity & professionalism

    • Commitment to personal and professional growth

    • Employ proactive, active, and effective communication with crew members and field staff

    • Exceptional work ethic and time management skills in completing assigned projects and tasks

    • Flexibility - ability and desire to work in a dynamic environment and embrace change

    • Ability and willingness to think creatively, adapt, adjust, and problem solve to manage a crew and project assignments (this position could be deployed for national disaster response outside of the region, for multiple weeks at a time)

    • Ability and willingness to work a varying and irregular schedule

    • Ability, willingness, and desire to live and work out of a tent in all weather conditions

    • Willingness and physical ability to work on a variety of conservation projects, which may include 12-hour days using chainsaws, hand tools, applying herbicide, etc.

    • Alignment to UCC mission and values of safety, service, community, inclusivity, positivity, and commitment

    • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, training, and National Service. Members must commit to participating in all crew activities, including service days in local communities where applicable.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    1. Conservation Project Management

    • Ensure that UCC policies and procedures are being followed at the project site, camp site, and during travel

    • Cultivate a safe and productive working environment

    • Ensure that the crew is adequately equipped and prepared for project work and working/living conditions, including working through inclement weather and working and living in backcountry settings

    • Provide primary in-field leadership to accomplish daily/weekly project outcomes

    • Proactively communicate with UCC field staff and project partners about project goals, progress, techniques, problems, etc.

    • Ensure that the crew has essential information, tools, and supplies to complete assigned project work, travel to project site, and camp near project site.

    2. Crew Member Mentorship

    • Provide in-field guidance, training, and direction to crew members

    • Facilitate positive crew dynamics and a communicative atmosphere

    • Facilitate conflict management and resolution within the crew

    • Document crew member incidents, behaviors related to policy violations, and disciplinary action; report to field staff in an appropriate and timely manner

    • Cultivate a supportive learning environment while on hitch

    3. Documentation & Reporting

    • Timely completion of documentation and reporting as assigned by UCC field staff including, but not limited to:

    o Weekly Progress Reporting

    o Vehicle Inspection

    o Daily Safety logs

    o Incident reports

    o Crew Member check-ins and evaluations

    o Debrief notes

    o Tool and equipment logs

    o Rig-up/De-rig scheduling

    4. UCC Program Leadership

    • Collaborate with co-leaders and field staff to plan, organize, and implement UCC program components, including but not limited to:

    o Summer and Fall crew member trainings

    o Crew rig-up/de-rig

    o Crew debriefs

    o Acting professionally and with a high level of maturity in the front line of uncertainty and discomfort, employing skills of motivation, problem-solving, creativity, and adaptability

    o Conducting risk assessment and management at UCC project and campsites

    o Giving and receiving constructive feedback with field staff in a timely manner

    BENEFITS

    • AmeriCorps Living Allowance of $825.00 paid twice per month for Spring; Increased to $975.00 paid twice per month for Summer and Fall.

    • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, $6,345.00 (available upon successful completion of term)

    • Health Insurance benefit of up to $100.00 a month on new plans through the Marketplace on Healthcare.gov

    • Forbearance on qualifying student loans while in service

    • Conservation Leadership Training and Experience

    • Wilderness First Responder Certification

    • Option to qualify through UCC National USFS Chainsaw Program as an A faller, apprentice sawyer

    • Utah Non-commercial Pesticide Applicator License

    • Member Assistance Program

    TO APPLY

    Complete the UCC Online Application found at https://www.usu.edu/ucc/apply/crew-leader

    You are required to attach a resume, and a list of 3 professional references (phone and email) to the online application. Application will continue through January 2022. Positions open until filled.

    Utah Conservation Corps is an equal opportunity program. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national

    origin, age, protected veteran, or disabled status. UCC is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for application and service with our programs.

    UCC’s Zero Tolerance Policies

    The following behaviors will result in immediate termination. At no time may the UCC AmeriCorps member:

    • Engage in activities that pose a significant safety risk to others or physically or emotionally damage members of the program, or community such as harassment, hostile work environment, or bullying
    • Possess, consume, or be under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol during the performance of service activities or while living and working at the UCC project site, camp site, or in UCC vehicles (which includes showing up to work hung over)
    • Fail to notify the UCC of a criminal arrest or conviction during their term of service.

How to Apply

Crew Members: Apply on our website here: https://ucc.usu.edu/apply/index

Crew Leaders: Apply on our website here: https://www.usu.edu/ucc/apply/crew-leader


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