Fall 2023 USFS Region 5 Hazardous Fuels Reduction Teams (PO-00735570)

The US Forest Service (USFS) Region 5 Fire Corps is an intense Fuels Redudction Training program designed to introduce members to the rigors of the Fire & Fuels Program at the USFS.  During the program, members will train, live, and work with a team to work on fuels mitigation and fuels reduction projects.  The team will be assigned to one of several National Forests in Region 5 (California) to learn how different Forests handle the challenges of wildfire mitigation in their respective ecosystems. 

Members will be expected to travel long distances between project sites, and live without electricity, running, water, and cell phone reception for significant lengths of time.  This is an entry-level position with no previous experience required. The crew begins with 2 weeks of training program that includes an orientation, Wilderness First Aid (WFA), and how to build and maintain healthy cultures on your team.  The team will also receive training qualifications to work on fuels reduction projects and how to operate a chainsaw safely. 

Compensation Details:

  • One-time Travel Allowance: $650 once (paid with first pay check)
  • Weekly living allowance: $600 / week
  • Housing provided, camping or USFS Bunk houses
  • AmeriCorps eligible (300-hour award, $1,459.26 education award)
  • Meals provided on workdays
  • Professional Development Opportunities: Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Chainsaw Certification, Firefighter Type II qualifications(self led as time allows).

Arrival Airport: TBD in California
Training Location: TBD in California

Project Locations:
There are multiple project locations.  Project placements will be determined upon arrival at SCA Corps Member Training. 

Potential Project Locations: (Please note: Project assignments will depend on partner priorities and other factors like weather.  Members will receive their project line up upon arrival at training.)

  •  Klamath National Forest
  • Six Rivers National Forest

Fire Work:
This is not a firefighting position!  Members are not be expected to take part in fire suppression activities (such as initial attack or mop up duties on an active fire) as an SCA member. Workdays can vary and may require long days and weekends. Fuels Reduction Projects demands a high level of fitness to work in difficult environmental conditions, including steep terrain, extreme temperatures, and altitude.

Members may have the opportunity to take the Work Capacity (Pack) Test (FFT2 Red Card Certification) at the "arduous" level. The Pack Test consists of completing a 3-mile hike with a 45-pound pack in 45 minutes.  Additionally, physical training will be a requirement of this position to ensure that members are prepared for the rigors of this position       

Members will be able to take part in prescribed burning activities (weather permitting) and performing fuels reduction projects .  Work projects may include:

  • Preparing burn units for prescribed fire projects
  • Mechanical fuels reduction (chainsaw work)
  • Fire effects monitoring
  • Educational outreach

Training Provided

  • Chainsaw Operation Training
    • A-Bucking or opportunity to recert/upgrade a current Saw Certification
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • SCA Corps Member Training

Member Responsibilities

  • Complete project tasks as assigned; whether it is running a chainsaw, stackin brush for burn piles, moving slash to be cleared, cleaning and maintaning tools, or doing dishes.  Full engagement is expected in all work projects and community activities.
  • Assist the Project Leader with meal planning, developing emergency response plans, and completing logistical tasks.
  • Recording work totals and creating reports for agency partners.
  • Interfacing with general public and partner organizations in a manner that reflects positively upon the crew, organization, and agency.

Member Qualifications

  • Commitment to living and working within an intensive crew environment.
  • Desire to do manual labor in all weather conditions, including wind, rain, extreme heat, extreme cold, and extremely pleasant days.
  • Passion for the outdoors


  • Backpacking experience
  • Community service experience
  • Experience operating a chainsaw safely
  • Valid driver’s license and clean motor vehicle record
  • Community living experience

*For SCA's COVID-19 guidance, please refer to www.thesca.org/covid  

For Members who have accepted this position (Please click on the links below to review the steps you need to take to prepare for your position)
Preparing for your Corps Team Position
Onboarding for Your Corps Team Position
Fire Corps Team Gear List


Position ID: PO-00735570

Expected Dates: September 18, 2023 - November 18, 2023

Training Provided: S-212 Chainsaw Training provided by USFS SCA Corps Member training provided by SCA Medical training

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Not needed

For personal / off time.

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

Student Conservation Association