2021 Bighorn Veteran Fire Corps (VFC) Team (PO-00728811)

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 a team of four with an experienced SCA Project Leader. This team will serve at Bighorn National Forest.

Corps members will become familiar with federal agencies via fire training through multiple disciplines such as wildlife ecology, botany and resource management. Team projects may include, but are not limited to, participation on prescribed fires, fuels reduction, fire effects monitoring, trail maintenance, wildlife and wilderness 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. Physical conditioning prior to the start date is highly recommended and physical training will be conducted during the term of service.

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. A General discharge (under Honorable conditions) may be acceptable on a case-by-case basis. Acceptance into this program is contingent on proof of age and Veteran status.

Members of this program must also have a valid driver's license and successfully pass a criminal background check.

Members should expect to live and work alongside veterans from all branches of service. Team will be staying together at government housing on site. Housing may have limited internet and cell service.

Team Member Benefits: 

  • $310/week living allowance (paid bi-weekly)
  • One-time travel allowance ($650)
  • Housing and field-based meals
  • Eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award
  • SCA member orientation, wilderness medicine training, S212 chainsaw certification, S130 Basic Wildland Firefighting (Red Card) certification

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.

The COVID-19 pandemic has required SCA to implement safety protocols and policies to help our teams manage the risks associated with the pandemic. Please review the documents below for SCA's updated organizational management plan and participant agreement form to learn more how our teams will be operating in the field. 
– SCA COVID-19 Member Policies and Procedures
– SCA COVID-19 Participant Agreement Form

Position ID: PO-00728811

Expected Dates: May 17, 2021 - August 21, 2021

95 Highway 16/20
Greybull, WY 82426

Training Provided: Members will begin the project by joining other corps teams for training. Training includes: -SCA Orientation -Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness Medicine Essentials + CPR -S212 Chainsaw Certification -S130 Basic Wildland Firefighting (Red Card)

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Backcountry/Trail work

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

While a person vehicle is not required, many of the work sites are in remote locations. Having a personal vehicle will allow members to explore the area on off days. Personal vehicles are the sole responsibility of the owner.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member

Team will stay at furnished government housing.

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

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