As an AmeriCorps program participants, work effectively as a member of a crew; perform heavy manual labor related to environmental conservations and restoration projects; work outdoors in all types of weather and successfully adapt to various climates; camp overnight outdoors in wilderness areas or near work sites for short or extended periods of time; effectively learn and apply new environmental conservation and restoration skills and outdoor living skills; actively participate in environmental education activities; practice appropriate safety procedures in all tasks assigned; use, maintain and repair hand and power tools as necessary.
The summer YCC mentor term will include 7 weeks of co-mentoring a YCC crew of six 15-18 year olds on project works in various communities throughout Northern Arizona. This includes teaching and mentoring the corpsmembers in a variety of project work including trail work and restoration on projects with the Forest Service, National Park Service, AZ State Parks and others. Both before and after those 7 weeks, Summer YCC Mentors will regroup as a crew of mentors, and return to a hitch schedule based out of Flagstaff.
AZCC is a drug free organization; alcohol and illegal substances are prohibited. AZCC is an independent, non-residential program. The corpsmembers must supply his/her own personal outdoor gear and equipment such as a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, day pack, multi-day pack, work pants, hiking/work boots, personal cook set, personal food etc. AZCC will provide the tools, protective gear and transportation to projects. Housing is not provided.
AZCC crews work with a variety of land management agencies throughout the state such as the United States Forest Service, National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management. Projects vary but could include trail construction and maintenance, ecosystem restoration, habitat restoration, fire fuels reduction, fencing on public lands, invasive species removal and herbicide applications.
The typical hitch schedule is eight to nine days on project (camping at the project site) with five to six days off in town. The day starts at 7:00AM with a stretch circle and safety meeting. The day includes two fifteen minute breaks and a half hour break for lunch. The day concludes at 5:30PM. During the YCC program (June 4-July 21) the schedule will typically be Monday through Thursday working 10 hour days or Monday through Friday working 8 hours days, depending on location.
Corpsmembers are paid an AmeriCorps living stipend which averages out to $310 per week or $620 biweekly before taxes. Upon completion of the term the Corpsmember will receive an education award of $1,538.36 that can be used to pay back student loans or for future education at a Title IV accredited college.
May 21- August 17, 2018
To qualify, you must be between the ages of 21 and 25, 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.
Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements:
Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization. These requirements are written the same for all positions and therefore may not apply directly to your particular position.
Participation and Expedition Behavior:
Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences.
Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training and national service. Members must commit to participating in all crew/team activities, including service days in local communities where applicable.
Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues and organization staff.
Have the cognitive ability to learn necessary skills and apply them to effectively carry out the service work requirements
Appropriately represent the Program and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all times.
Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of others for any reason.
Safety and Judgment:
Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance. You must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds.
Effectively perceive, understand and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques to manage hazards. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be given during exposure to the hazard.
Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions
Perceive and comprehend significant and apparent hazards, including those hazards previously identified by others.
Respond appropriately to stress or crises.
If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.
Learn and practice ‘Leave no Trace’ techniques
Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project. Additionally, remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed so as to remain generally healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries.
Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks. Conditions of this environment may vary significantly and may include severe and/or trying weather. The remoteness is such that it may require at a minimum one hour, but perhaps in excess of 12 hours, to reach the nearest advanced medical care.
Outdoor Skills and Fitness (where appropriate)
In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property.
About Arizona Conservation Corps
Arizona Conservation Corps:
The Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC) is a program of Conservation Legacy, a non-profit
service organization built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that operated
from 1933-1942. AZCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation
projects on public lands throughout Arizona and surrounding states. AZCC runs local programs
almost year round from multiple operational bases in the state, including Tucson, Flagstaff,
Mesa, and Pinetop-Lakeside. Each year, Local crews supported out of Tucson complete
roughly 100 weeks of fee-for-service projects engaging approximately 8 seasonal Crew Leaders
or Assistants and 100 Corpsmembers. During peak season, 3-5 Local crews may be supported
by staff based in Tucson at the same time.