Overview

This is an exciting opportunity to work on an AmeriCorps conservation crew with the Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps. This crew will partner with local public land managers to accomplish meaningful projects to support trail construction and ecological health.
As an AmeriCorps program participant, work effectively as member of crew; perform heavy manual labor related to environmental conservation and restoration projects; work outdoors in all types of weather and successfully adapts to various climates; camps overnight outdoors in wilderness areas 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 GAVCC is a drug-free organization; alcohol and illegal substances are prohibited. GAVCC is an independent, non-residential program. The Corpsmember 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. GAVCC will provide the tools, protective gear and transportation to projects.
The work schedule will depend on project needs. Crew will camp on site during the work hitch. Crews usually work 9 days on and 5 days off.
Corpsmembers are paid an AmeriCorps living stipend which averages out at $275 per week or $550 biweekly before taxes. Upon successful completion of the term the Corpsmember will receive an education award of $1,212 to be used for paying off student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.
Crew will run early June through July. Hiring will begin immediately.

About Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps

The Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps (GAVCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization, whose mission is to connect young adults to meaningful conservation service. GAVCC engages motivated young adults, ages 16-27, to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects throughout the region. Projects may include, trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.
GAVCC crews work with a variety of land management agencies throughout the state such as the United States Forest Service, National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Historic District. Projects vary but could include trail construction and maintenance, ecosystem restoration, habitat restoration, historical restoration, and boundary marking.
Our programs focus on place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility and career development. GAVCC also provides an opportunity for Corpsmembers to learn about the local environment, environmental issues and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers.