Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC) seeks qualified candidates for Veteran Fire Corps Crew Leader positions based out of Flagstaff, AZ for the 2018 season. AZCC 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.
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.
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. Crew Leaders will start before members arrive for orientation and training.
Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC) and Conservation Legacy are proud to be celebrating the 9th continuous year of operating the Veterans 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.
Required Qualifications:

  • 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.
  • 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.

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, 4×4/OHV, wildland firefighting.
  • Relevant bachelor’s degree.


About Arizona Conservation Corps

Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC) offers opportunities throughout the full calendar year from offices located in the White Mountains, Flagstaff and Tucson, AZ. AZCC operates a continuum of programs from community-based initiatives for younger teens to residential camping crews for high school and college-aged individuals along with leadership programs for college graduates and job training programs specifically for current era veterans. Programs are operated in partnership with public land management agencies and AmeriCorps.