The Student Conservation Association

Contact Name: Sue Minor

Company/Organization/Agency: The Student Conservation Association

Address: 1230 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, California 94612 United States

Email Address:

Contact Phone: (510) 832-1966

Job Title: SCA Veteran Fire Corps Project Leader

Job Description: The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire young adults for the military Veterans Fire Corps.

Program Dates: May – August 2017 Must be able to attend mandatory Project Leader Training in April 2017 (specific dates TBD)

This leader will supervise teams of five veteran members working in partnership with the US Forest Service to complete fire/fuels management work. The Veteran Fire Corps provides recent-era veterans with training, credentials and experience they need to competitively pursue wildland fire and/or forestry careers. Projects may include but are not limited to: hazardous fuels reduction, hand-piling of slash, constructing fire line in pre-fire preparation of prescribed burn units, collecting fuel inventory data, FIREWISE educational outreach, trail maintenance, timber marking, wildlife surveys, and fence construction. Project work and schedules vary depending on region and season.

Past site locations have included:
-Black Hills National Forest, SD
-Shoshone National Forest, WY
-Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, CO/WY
-Chadron, NE
-For 2017 SCA will be running at least two VFC teams in USFS Region 2 (WY, SD, NE, KS or CO). Exact locations TBD.

Primary Responsibilities:
-Act as a Crew Manager guiding crew dynamics and facilitating teamwork
-Function as a Technical Advisor assisting in training corps members to complete quality work
-Serve as a Partnership Representative managing relationship with agency partner and ensuring successful and timely completion of work projects
-Perform tasks as a Program Administrator by communicating with SCA staff, completing documentation and managing a budget

-Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
-Must have ability to legally work in the US
-Current Wilderness First Aid (Wilderness First Responder preferred) & CPR required by the start of training
-Prior experience supervising groups in an outdoor setting
-Experience with conservation work skills or related skills preferred (i.e. trail maintenance, trail construction, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, fence building, gardening, etc.)
-Ability to pass the Wildland Firefighters arduous pack test
-Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 10 hours per day, exposed to the elements and occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more
-Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards
-Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required
-Preferred: previous fire or veteran programming experience

Preferred Skill Set: Experience leading veterans or fire crews, S212 federal chainsaw certification, “red card” (Firefighter Type 2) certification, forestry, geography, GIS, range management, outdoor education and/or related subjects, plant identification, map & compass skills, camping skills, enthusiasm for the outdoors, and a sense of adventure

Compensation: Weekly salary starts at $545/week (depending on experience); paid bi-weekly, travel to/from the site, most housing and food provided

To Apply: Visit us at to create a profile; complete the basic, leader, and final application sections when prompted. Please be sure to upload your cover letter, resume & 3 references. Once your application is complete, please email with “SCA Veteran Fire Corps Project Leader” listed in the subject line so we may review your application.

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Job Start Date: 4/13/2017

Application Deadline: 3/30/2017

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