Southeast Conservation Corps’ Veterans Fire Corps (VFC) Field 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 Leader position requires professionalism, patience, mentorship, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors. Crew Leaders are ultimately responsible for successes and short-comings of the crew. The crew will be comprised of two Field Supervisor/ Assistance Leader and six Crew Members.
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 team work. 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.
Note: When determined, camping on project location is required, this is mandatory, and the crew 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 leaders 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.
One year 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 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.
Season Dates: January 2, 2019 – October 31, 2019 (10 months)
(1/2/19- 1/4/19 –Mandatory Supervisor 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 crew is traveling away from home base for overnight stays.
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.
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