Overview

Title: Crew Leader/ Assistant Crew Leader for Backcountry Camping Adult Crew – Summer 2018
Reports to: Program Coordinator
Locations: Chattanooga, TN
Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt
Wages: $375-600 weekly DOE/DOQ in season
Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible
Other Benefits: Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, protective equipment. Other development opportunities as available.
Start/end date: 6/4/18 – 8/22/18
Two positions opened until filled
Southeast Conservation Corps:
SECC empowering young adults to cultivate compassion, responsibility, and grit through community service, hard work, and environmental stewardship.
The Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization. The SECC selects young adults, ages 16-35, to complete conservation work projects on public lands throughout the Southeast. SECC programs encourage environmental stewardship, foster community partnerships, and emphasize experiential learning. The majority of SECC’s programs are camping model programs, with crews camping in either front-country or back-country settings for 4 day -10 day periods; schedules may vary by program and region. SECC serves a diverse population that is representative of the Southeast; including youth, graduates, veterans, and a cross-section of ethnicities and income levels. SECC has also taken on a role as a part of the larger AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team, and as such, some crews may get deployed on Disaster response projects for up to 30 days.
Position Summary:
Southeast Conservation Corps’ Crew Leaders and Assistant Crew Leaders perform many roles and are the key to our program’s success. The position is multi-faceted and demanding, but with opportunity for enormous rewards. Successful candidates will demonstrate resourcefulness, effective communication skills, excellent judgement, maturity, initiative, professionalism, and the desire to devote themselves to a crew experience where the needs of others are placed above oneself. A leadership position with SECC requires, mentorship, self-reliance, critical thinking, problem solving, patience, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors. Crew Leaders and Assistant Crew Leaders are ultimately responsible for successes and short-comings of the crew.
Applicants for this position may be considered for either Crew Leader or Assistant Crew Leader, depending on experience and qualifications.
This specific crew will be comprised of young adults, 18-26 selected to complete conservation work projects on public lands throughout the Southeast US. The typical schedule is nine days on the project (camping at the site as a group) with five days off. Schedules can also include five days on- two days off or four days on – three days off work weeks. Corpsmembers are responsible for finding and attaining their own housing during the off-days, this is a non-residential program. Depending on project work and location, other schedule variations may be implemented. Community/camp chores will be completed every evening, with some evenings including group discussions on conservation and/or corps related topics. While the staff at SECC works to provide consistency throughout the season personal flexibility is expected and should be prepared for when entering the term as schedules, times, and work locations are subject to change per project needs. The first week will be a five day, camping based, field training week.
Project Work:
SECC works with a variety of land management agencies in Tennessee and throughout the Southeast region, such as the United States Forest Service, National Park Service, State Parks and conservation-based non-profits. Projects vary but include trail construction and maintenance, ecosystem restoration, habitat restoration, fire fuels reduction, fencing on public lands, invasive weed removal, herbicide applications, and many others.
This crew will be doing a vast amount of working and living in a backcountry setting. Thus, crew members will be hiking in a crew and personal gear into project sites by foot. The work will be hiking intensive and members should be comfortable hiking multiple miles a day with a tools, saws, and personal day pack. Crosscut training will be given to this crew.

About Southeast Conservation Corps

Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC), formerly known as Southeast Youth Corps, operates conservation service programs throughout the Southeast that focus on empowering young people to cultivate compassion, responsibility and grit through community service, hard work and environmental stewardship.
Building upon the foundation of the Civilian Conservation Corps, SECC is focused on connecting local youth to the natural environment through service learning, personal development and recreation. SECC offers a variety of opportunities, including both an adult conservation crews and youth conservation crews,  youth mountain biking program, and Trips for Kids--Chattanooga.
The SECC office is located in Chattanooga, TN, nestled between the Cumberland Plateau and the Appalachian Mountains. This ideal location allows the Southeast Conservation Corps to engage a diverse population of young adults in broad range of conservation service projects and recreation opportunities within some of the oldest and most biologically diverse forests in the eastern United States.
SECC operates trail crews in the spring, summer and fall for adults and young adults. Project work can include trail work, chainsaws, brush cutters, crosscuts, invasive specie removal, stone/timber/wood structures, bridges and historical preservation. SECC also offers natural resource internships.
Location: Based out of Chattanooga, TN just miles from world renowned rock climbing, hiking in the Appalachian Mountains and Great Smokey Mountains National Park, and whitewater kayaking in the Hiwassee and Ocoee Rivers. Within the city limits you can paddle board, mountain bike, rock climb, hike, trail run, and fish.

To Apply: https://southeastconservationcorps.org/leadership-opportunities
Complete the Application, upload cover letter and resume if available (Link at the bottom of the Page)
Any questions can be addressed to:
Aaron Deininger
Program Coordinator
423-994-3151
Chattanooga, TN
[email protected]