Job Description

Veteran Fire Corps Corpsmember

Position Dates: July 16-November 16, 2018

Status:                  Seasonal, Exempt

Location:             Las Cruces, NM

Compensation: $375 weekly living stipend, and AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of term.


Conservation Corps New Mexico (CCNM) seeks qualified candidates for Veteran Fire Corps Corpsmember 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.

This AmeriCorps program is designed for veterans who separated from the military at any point after September 11th, 2001 (including but not limited to OIF, OEF, ONO, OCO, and GWoT veterans) who are interested in pursuing educational and professional development in resource management, wildland firefighting and other outdoor related fields. All Applicants must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and have a DD214.  Crews are generally comprised of individuals 21-37 years of age who have minimal financial and/or personal commitments.
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.

As an AmeriCorps member in CCNM’s VFC program, Corpsmembers will receive a weekly living stipend of $375 which is distributed bi-weekly. Upon successful completion of the program, Corpsmembers will also receive an AmeriCorps education award based on their time of service.

Required SkillsQualifications:
To qualify, you must be a military veteran between the ages of 21 and 35, 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.

About Conservation Corps New Mexico

Exciting, challenging, rewarding—there is no one word to describe participating in a Conservation Corps New Mexico Program. You’ll learn, but it will probably take sweat. You’ll complete great service projects, but it won’t always be easy. You’ll meet some great people, but you won’t always see eye-to-eye. It’s about learning, working hard for the environment and our communities, and giving something back. We’re glad you’re interested in joining us!