Utah Conservation Corps

Bryce Canyon National Park Trails Crew
Canyonlands National Park - Vegetation Management Crew
Capitol Reef National Park Fence Maintenance
Mount Naomi Trail Maintenance
Logan Canyon

Developing the Conservation Leaders of Tomorrow

UCC is an AmeriCorps program made up of members, staff, and partners dedicated to service to our community and environment. We engage in projects throughout the state of Utah that address goals relating to environmental conservation, leadership, education, and sustainability.

Logan, Cedar City, and Moab UT

About Utah Conservation Corps

The UCC proudly follows in the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) while expanding the national service tradition to more diverse audiences as a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps.

The UCC was developed by a group of committed citizens that formed a steering committee in the fall of 1999 and wrote a successful AmeriCorps grant proposal in the winter of 2000. The UCC began operation at Utah State University's Outdoor Recreation Center with its first group of AmeriCorps members in January 2001.

Since inception, UCC AmeriCorps members have completed traditional conservation corps projects including trail maintenance, habitat restoration, fuels reduction, fence maintenance as well as travel management, habitat, and recreation surveys.

The UCC has been a national leader in expanding the traditional conservation corps model to include AmeriCorps members serving with non-profits completing environmental education (2004), disability inclusive crews (2007), veterans crews (2010), Bilingual Youth Corps crews (2010), and bike crew (2015). UCC is a program within the Center for Community Engagement at Utah State University. 

The Employee Experience

CREW MEMBER:

UCC Field Crew Members spend 3 to 6 months working and living outdoors as part of a Utah Conservation Corps crew in service to public lands and the communities that surround them. Crew Members are responsible for being a contributing member of their crew, upholding and abiding by UCC policies & procedures, and conducting themselves in a safe and productive manner. Crews complete projects related to habitat restoration, invasive species removal, fence construction, trail construction or hazardous fuels reduction. All crew members are trained in safe and proper tool use, project techniques, and outdoor living. Training topics may include chainsaw and hand tool use, project techniques, and first aid.

Weekly project schedules are highly variable and subject to change. Crew members typically work 4 to 10 days in a row (in variable weather conditions) with time off ranging from 2 to 5 days between project hitches. Crews spend 8 to 12-hour days working on physically demanding projects in the outdoors. Members may be assigned to a single project type or multiple project types during each season. UCC crews complete both front and back country projects.

Utah Conservation Corps arranges for camping and travel during project time and supplies all tools and safety equipment and uniform shirts. Crew Members must provide their own work boots, work pants, and personal camping gear. Crew Members receive a living allowance for buying their own food for project time and off time, and arranging for housing and transportation during off time. This position is an AmeriCorps term of service that requires a full-time commitment (45-50+ hours per week).

CREW LEADER:

The UCC Crew Leader is an AmeriCorps position where the member participates in leadership
skills development during the spring field season (as a Crew Leader Candidate) and then provides direct leadership, mentorship, and teaching for a UCC field crew during the summer and fall field seasons.

During the spring season, the Crew Leader Candidate participates in essential hard skills and people skills trainings and completes conservation projects as part of a team of crew leader-trainees.  Field staff and Field Bosses provide extra attention to debriefing crew leadership scenarios, helping leaders refine tool and project techniques, attending to areas of individual growth, and teaching the full responsibilities of the Crew Leader position. Crew Leader Candidates will be evaluated throughout the spring season and will only be promoted into the full leadership role upon demonstrating essential competencies.

During summer and fall seasons, Crew Leaders are responsible for preparing and leading a 5-10 person crew on various conservation-related projects. Crew Leaders are also responsible for upholding UCC values, ensuring that UCC policies and procedures are followed, communicating with project sponsors, and recording and reporting important weekly project outcome data and other documentation. 

Field crews are assigned to a variety of conservation-related projects located across the state of Utah. Projects can be rural, remote, backcountry or urban and may or may not include habitat restoration, invasive plant removal, fence building, trail improvement, forest fire fuels reduction, surveying, mapping, and more! Each crew has unique project and travel schedules. Crew Leader Candidates will be trained in how to conduct assigned project work. Field crews generally camp near project sites and return to their field office location for off time between project weeks. Crew Leaders are expected to have a place of residence near their field office location.

Ideal Candidate

  • Service-oriented and love of the outdoors!
  • Commitment to public lands and the environment of the Intermountain West
  • Desire to contribute to America’s conservation legacy
  • Ability to work as part of a crew, including demonstrated communication, conflict management and resolution skills
  • Ability to work hard on physically demanding projects for long hours outdoors
  • Ability and willingness to work and camp in remote settings in all sorts of weather conditions
  • Ability to maintain personal physical and mental health throughout the position

Room and Board

Utah Conservation Corps arranges for camping and travel during project time and supplies all tools and safety equipment and uniform tops. Crew Members are responsible for buying their own food and arranging for lodging and transportation during off time.

Employee Perks

CREW LEADER: 

  • Wilderness First Responder Certification
  • Option to qualify through UCC's USFS Saw Program as a B Sawyer
  • UT Herbicide Applicator's License

CREW MEMBER: 

  • Basic First Aid & CPR Certification
  • Option to qualify through UCC's USFS Saw Program as an A Feller, Apprentice Sawyer

Getting Here and Getting Around

UCC provides organization vehicles for travel to and from worksites from the base field office.

Program participants are responsible for their travel to Utah, and transportation during their off time. 

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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