Position Title: Field Team Member (29 Positions)
Position Dates: Service Term May 23 - October 28, 2011
Project Location: 2453 Hwy 141, Trout Lake, WA 98650
Team Summary: Mt. Adams Center field teams are composed of four members and two Team Leaders. Teams will focus primarily on trail work in front and backcountry settings throughout Washington, Oregon, and/or California. Teams work and travel throughout Washington, Oregon, and/or California over the course of their term.
Below are examples of field teams (all teams are subject to change for the 2011 season):
The Pacific Crest Trail Teams (4) work from northern California to northern Washington doing trail work exclusively on the PCT. Throughout the season, the teams host volunteers and work with them on the trail. PCT teams travel and camp in front and backcountry sites for most of the term.
The Mt. Hood Team works in the Zigzag Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest, about an hour from Portland, OR. The team lives in a historic Forest Service cabin and works on a variety of trails in a front-country setting.
The Gifford Pinchot (GP) Team is based out of the Mt. Adams Center in Trout Lake, WA, and works on the Pacific Crest Trail and its feeder trails in the Mt Adams District of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
The final field team will address restoration projects including but not limited to trail work with a variety of organizations throughout Washington and northern Oregon.
Residential Summary: Some teams may be based out of the Mt. Adams Center in Trout Lake, Washington. Satellite teams will spend the majority of their term away from the Mt Adams Center, either camping at project sites for weeks at a time or living in housing located near their project site for the entire term. These teams may stay at the Mt. Adams Center intermittently during training days or between projects. All team members assist with residential chores such as meal preparation, cleaning and recycling at their housing site, the Center and at camping sites.
General Responsibilities (to include, but not limited to):
1. Work as a team member to complete various trail restoration projects throughout the Pacific Northwest.
2. Drive NWSA vehicles to project sites.
3. Complete and submit all necessary NWSA/AmeriCorps paperwork and reports in a timely manner.
4. Attend and complete all NWSA/AmeriCorps training and service requirements including orientation, trainings, team meetings and national service days.
5. Wear an NWSA uniform and/or appropriate identifiers and required safety gear while performing service or attending official events.
1. Capable of seeing, hearing, crouching, bending over, and handling the physical nature of the projects including hiking up to 15 miles, lifting up to 50 pounds, and working on your feet outdoors in rugged terrain and in all types of weather for 8+ hours a day.
2. Must have the following gear and equipment: all-leather boots with 8” minimum height, sturdy work pants and long-sleeve shirts, sleeping bag, backpacking pack, and tent.
3. Capable of safely driving a four-wheel drive vehicle with a trailer.
4. Capable of serving on a team in a residential setting including working together to resolve conflict; staying with the group at all times; acting in a manner that maintains all teammates’ emotional and physical wellbeing.
5. Desire to serve with people to promote environmental stewardship, education, and an ethic of service.
6. Communicate and interact in a positive, professional manner with various populations such as: project partner(s), colleagues, community volunteers, students and the general public.
7. Desire and ability to live and serve in the out of doors for extended periods of time.
8. Participate in all aspects of the residential program, including living at the established site(s), completing household chores and helping create a positive, healthy living environment.
9. 21 years of age or older, at beginning of service term.
10. U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
11. Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent, or commit to earning one prior to receiving an education award.
12. Ability to commit to the full term of service for which they are applying.
13. Selection, placement and retention are contingent upon passing the National Sex Offender Public Register and a national FBI fingerprint check
14. Regular and reliable attendance.
15. Members are eligible to serve up to four terms of service and receive AmeriCorps Education awards for each term of service up to the value of two full time education awards only. It is the responsibility of the applicant to inform NWSA of any previous service in an AmeriCorps program, regardless of whether or not they completed the previous term(s) of service. NWSA is not liable for providing an Education Award to a member if they are not eligible under the Corporation for National and Community Service AmeriCorps guidelines.
1. Familiarity or interest in local environment and education resources.
2. Flexibility with changing assignments and schedules.
3. Independent worker and self-starter.
4. Experience or interest in participating in and organizing outdoor activities.
5. Willingness to try new things, learn new things, experience new things.
6. Personal or professional experience working or recreating in the outdoors.
Member Benefits Include:
1. A take-home living allowance of approximately $350-400 per month after taxes and deduction of a monthly program fee of $476 (which covers food, training and field trip expense)
2. Local and organic food choices whenever possible, opportunities to explore new areas, and trainings such as professional driving, food handling and CPR/First Aid.
3. Upon successful completion of a term of service, eligible members receive an education award of $2,675. The education award can be used to repay qualified student loans, for further education in an accredited institution of higher learning, vocational or trade schools. The education award is taxed in the year that it is used.
4. Loan forbearance (after successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps will pay the accrued interest on qualified loans, which is taxable).
5. Residential living accommodations are provided for this position, which may include bunkhouses, Forest Service housing, and/or front and backcountry campsites.
1. Organizational vehicle is available for service activities.
2. Personal vehicle is recommended to get to service site and for personal errands and recreation.
Application Deadline: On-going until filled. NWSA Center: Mt. Adams Center
Interviews: February – April Type of position: Field Team Member
Service Dates: May 23 – October 28, 2011 Length of Term: 900 hour
How to apply:
Step 1 - Complete your application in one of the following two ways:
*PREFERRED* Online at the AmeriCorps website www.americorps.gov/Default.asp
-If you do not already have a username and password, you must Create A Profile at
-Once you have logged in, create an application by clicking "Applications" under the "My AmeriCorps" menu.
-To apply to this specific position, click "Search Listings" under the "My AmeriCorps" menu and search for program name Northwest Service Academy-MAC
-Select the position listing and click "Apply Now" at the bottom of the page.
Download application materials from the How to Apply http://mtadamscenter.org/americorps-apply-today.cfm page of our website and submit them to Amanda Green:
- Application - Complete the NWSA AmeriCorps Application and submit it via email (preferable), mail, or fax.
- Two Written References – Have your recommenders fill out the NWSA Reference Form and send it directly to NWSA. References may be submitted by email (preferable), mail, or fax.
Step 2: Submit these additional materials promptly (email preferred except for Certification Form).
1. Email your resume and cover letter to Amanda Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Visit http://mtadamscenter.org/americorps-apply-today.cfm, print the Certification Form, sign and date the form, and mail to the address below. This document must be mailed to our office with your original signature.
Questions? Contact Amanda Green at email@example.com or 509-395-3465.
NWSA – Mt. Adams Center
2453 HWY 141, Trout Lake, WA 98650
Qualified individuals with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals.