The Southeast Conservation Corps' Veterans Fire Corps (VFC) program provides training and on-the-job experience for post 9-11 era veterans, ages 18-35, interested in entering careers and gaining experience in natural resource management and wildland firefighting.
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, specifically related to fire fuels management and fuels reduction. Project work and schedules will vary depending on region and season. Some projects will require members to work 5 days at a time with 2 days off, while other projects require members to camp and live on project locations for 8 - 14 days at a time, followed by a pre-determined amount of days off.
Note: When determined, camping on project location is required, this is mandatory, and members will camp, travel, work, and eat as a crew. No drug or alcohol consumption allowed during work related travel at any time.
Home base for this crew will be located within the Conasauga Ranger District of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Crew members and leaders will be expected to live no more than a one-hour drive (or less) from the reporting site on District (12411 East Hwy 136, Lafayette, GA 30728). It is paramount that members understand commitment to this program will require flexibility with the work schedule since this crew will be roving throughout the Southeastern United States for the duration of the program.
Training will focus on gaining conservation and forestry skills, specifically the use of hand tools and the operation of chainsaws. At minimum, members will earn S130- Firefighter Training, S190- Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior, S212- Wildland Fire Chainsaws, IS100b- Intro to Incident Command System, and IS700a-National Incident Management System; as well as First Aid/CPR certificates. Members must pass the Arduous Work Capacity (PACK) Test at the beginning of the season to participate in this program. Wildland firefighting demands a high level of fitness to work in difficult environmental conditions, including steep terrain, extreme temperatures, altitude, and smoke
This program will provide practical, hands-on training and certifications related to natural resource management and wildland firefighting. The program is comprehensive and intentionally structured to prepare veterans to transition into civilian careers focused on wildland firefighting. Additional opportunities such as repeated contact with potential future employers and training on the federal land management application process is also included in this program.
To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 35 and 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. Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award. All Applicants must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces at any point after September 11, 2001 and have a DD214 or NGB-22. You must be willing to relocate to live within a one hours driving distance of Forest Service Work Station on the Conasauga Ranger District.
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