2014 Fall Veteran Fire Corps (US Military Veterans Only)

Expected Dates
August 31, 2014 to November 30, 2014
Position ID
The Veterans Fire Corps is comprised of post-9/11-era US Military Veterans receiving essential training, credentials and experience to competitively pursue wildland fire and/or forestry careers. In this internship members will serve in teams of five with an experienced SCA Project Leader. Teams will work on either the Coconino or Prescott National Forests in Arizona. Corps members will become familiar with the Forest Service via fire training through multiple disciplines like wildlife ecology, botany and resource management. Team Projects may include, but are not limited to, participation on prescribed fires, fuels reduction, fire effects monitoring, educational outreach and pre fire preparation of burn units. A typical schedule consists of four consecutive 10-hour days with three days off.

Wildland firefighting demands a high level of fitness to work in difficult environmental conditions, including steep terrain, extreme temperatures, altitude, and smoke. Members will be required to pass the Work Capacity (Pack) Test at the “arduous” level. The Pack Test consists of completing a 3-mile hike with 45-pound pack in 45 minutes. A form DD214 is required indicating an Honorable discharge or General discharge (under Honorable conditions) on a case-by-case basis.

The following qualifications are required for selection: Post 9/11 US Veteran status; for potential career status in Federal Fire an age of 37 or younger; a form DD214 indicating an Honorable discharge or General discharge (under Honorable conditions) on a case-by-case basis. Acceptance into this program is contingent on proof of age and Veteran status.

Members of this program must successfully pass a criminal background check and be comfortable and willing to live and work with veterans from all branches of service. Benefits include housing, transportation, a living allowance of $280/week and eligibility for an AmeriCorps education award.
  • One Team will serve on the Coconino National Forest, while the other Team will serve on the Prescott National Forest.
    Coconion NF: is a 1.856-million acre United States National Forest located in northern Arizona in the vicinity of Flagstaff. The Forest contains diverse landscapes, including deserts, ponderosa pine forests, flatlands, mesas, alpine tundra, and ancient volcanic peaks.
    Prescott NF: is a 1.25 million acre (510,000 ha) United States National Forest located in north central Arizona in the vicinity of Prescott. The forest is located in the mountains southwest of Flagstaff and north of Phoenix in Yavapai County. There are eight designated wilderness areas comprising more than 104,000 acres (421 km2), located entirely or partially within the Prescott National Forest
  • Members of this Team will participate in the following trainings:
    -Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
    -S212 Chainsaw Certification
    -S130 Basic Wildland Firefighting (Red Card)

  • Chainsaw
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected

None listed.