Conservation Corps CCNM Veterans Fire Corps-- Assistant Crew Leader--July 2018 in Las Cruces, New Mexico

Job Description

Veteran Fire Corps Assistant Crew Leader

Position Dates: July 2- November 16, 2018

*Status: *Seasonal, Exempt

*Location: * Las Cruces, AZ

Compensation:$460 - $600 per week depending on experience, pre-season training

Veteran status not required for this position

Conservation Corps New Mexico (CCNM)seeks qualified candidates for Veteran Fire Corps Assistant Crew Leader positions based out of Las Cruces, NM for the 2018 season. CCNM offers opportunities for individuals to work in a crew environment on national lands throughout the southwestern United States and elsewhere. Successful crew leaders are self-motivated, energetic and tenacious – they understand the value of hard work in the outdoors and are driven to excellence in conservation.

Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC), Conservation Corps New Mexico and Conservation Legacy are proud to be celebrating the 9th continuous year of operating the Veteran’s Fire Corps. The VFC aims to retrain recent era military veterans for careers in conservation, fuels management, and wildland fire-fighting. VFC programs accomplish this goal by immersing participants in a conservation crew experience. Over the course of a typical 3 – 6 month season corps members receive training in wildland firefighting, chainsaw operation and a variety of other topics. Members then go on to serve as members of a fire-fuels conservation crew, performing a variety of forestry and conservation work on Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and US Forest Service land in Arizona and New Mexico. At the conclusion of a program members are aided in the transition to federal wildland firefighting jobs.

Crews typically work on 8-day on/6-day off schedules (Tuesday - Tuesday). During the 8-day “hitch” crews work together during the day, eat and camp together in the evening and learn together throughout. The crew member season will include one week of orientation followed by two weeks of basic firefighter training. Assistant Crew Leaders will start before members arrive for orientation and training.

Assistant Crew Leaders will work in co-leader pairs to lead 5-7 members and are responsible for oversight of all field-aspects of their crew including project work, camp life and crew dynamics. Together they will work as a fuels crew for the duration of the season.

Required Skills

Physical Requirements:

  • To successfully perform essential functions the Assistant Crew Leaderis required to sit, stand, walk, speak and hear. Will be required to run, climb, hike, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl on a frequent basis. Will need to be able to carry heavy loads with backpack and to use hand tools in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Must be able to operate office equipment, telephone, computer, reach with hands and arms.
  • Must be able to drive a vehicle frequently/infrequently during work shift.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required Qualifications:

  • Leadership experience.
  • Experience and/or desire to work exclusively with recent era military veterans. Strong technical skills including: trail maintenance, chainsaw operation and maintenance, crosscut use and maintenance, hand tool maintenance, fencing, ecological restoration, and backcountry work and travel.
  • Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment.
  • Excellent communication and teaching/mentoring skills.
  • Strong conflict resolution and team building skills.
  • Proficient in computer programs and technology, especially email and Microsoft programs. Ability to perform administrative such as managing crew budget and documents.
  • Strong time-management skills and ability to work both independently and in collaboration with a small group.
  • Ability and willingness to work a flexible and varying schedule, including long term (2 weeks – multi-month) assignments away from the regional office.
  • Valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal history background check.
  • Must hold an official certification in Wilderness First Responder and CPR.
  • B Faller Chainsaw certification, or the ability to attain certification prior to beginning of project work.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior AmeriCorps service.
  • Veteran status and/or previous work experience with OIF/OEF veterans.
  • Experience with backpacking, wilderness travel, LNT, camp management and outdoor leadership.
  • Previous employment with a federal land management agency.
  • Professional forestry or wildland fire experience.
  • Professional technical certifications in chainsaw operation, 4x4/OHV, wildland firefighting.
  • Relevant bachelor’s degree.

Tracking Code: 1119-984

Job Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

Salary: 460.00 - 600.00 USD