Massachusetts Conservation Corps (PO-00733857)

This position is to join the SCA Massachusetts Conservation Corps (MACC) as a 15-week member. The MACC is an AmeriCorps program focused on leadership development, completing critical conservation service projects, and building a sense of community.  The Corps is composed of 18 young adults age 18 – 25. If you’ve ever wanted to learn the hard and soft skills of being a conservation leader, come join this community of like-minded, service oriented individuals and help us tackle some of Massachusetts most pressing conservation issues.
The SCA Massachusetts Conservation Corps is a partnership between SCA, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), AmeriCorps, and The Massachusetts Service Alliance.
Program Description

Training Season: This position will begin the program with 2 weeks of training together. Trainings will include: Orientation, Risk Management, Conservation Trail Skills and Non-Violent Communication.

Field Season:  Hitches will typically be 10 days in length, but could vary depending on the location and project needs.  During hitches, crews will be based out of front country tent camps in close proximity to the project site. Crews will complete a variety of projects throughout the state, ranging from the Berkshires to the Cape.  Projects may include, but not limited to: new trail construction, native or dimensional bridges, rock steps/walls, invasive species management, resource monitoring, sign installation and preservation of historical structures.

Field-life is often rugged, and while on hitch, members should expect to live with limited access to electricity, cell phone reception and sometimes showers.  Additionally, while on hitch, this program is alcohol and substance free.  

2022 Tentative Schedule

7/12 – 7/15: Orientation
7/18 – 7/21: Conservation Skills Training
7/25 – 10/13: Field Season (10 days on, 4 days off)

10/17 – 10/21: Final wrap up week and Recognition Day.

Crew Housing  
Long term housing will be provided for all members for the duration of the program in western Massachusetts.  Housing will be shared with other members.  During training season, members will commute from their designated housing to the corps training location at a local state forest. After orientation week, members will meet and join other program participants who have been serving since March. During field season, members should expect to be traveling with their crew throughout MA, using a program vehicle.  Once crews arrive at their service project location, they will set up a base camp for the next ten days.  Member will travel to the SCA Massachusetts Conservation Corps headquarters to issue and de-issue gear before and after each project.

  • Ensure project, basecamp, community, and general safety standards are upheld; full engagement is expected in all work projects and community activities. 
  • Interfacing with general public and partner organizations in a manner that reflects positively upon the crew, organization, and agency. 
  • Take on role of Hitch Leader for up to one hitch, serving as a professional liaison with park managers and SCA project leader and staff, handling the logistics of a project, meal planning, delegating responsibilities, developing emergency response plans, and completing all necessary paperwork. 
  • Recording work totals and creating reports for submission to agency partners; this may include GPS field data collection and post-processing. 
  • Comply with all SCA, DCR, and AmeriCorps policies and refrain from any prohibited activities.

Member Qualifications (Essential Functions)

  • Interest and investment in leadership development and teamwork is required. 
  • Commitment to living and working within an intensive crew environment; interpersonal skills and community living experience are pluses. 
  • Commitment to service in working conditions that will include: extreme heat, extreme cold, high winds, and precipitation.
  • Must be willing to learn how to use hand tools and power tools to accomplish service activities.
  • Ability to enroll in AmeriCorps Education Award Program. 
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs, and walk/hike on uneven terrain, uphill or downhill, for 1 mile.
  • Ability to pass SCA’s background check. 

Member Benefits

  • Compensation: $125.00/week living allowance.
  • Housing and Food provided for entire program.
  • AmeriCorps Award (450 hours - $1,718.25) upon successful completion of program.
  • Member Assistance Program
  • Trainings provided: Trails Work Skills Training & Nonviolent Communication Training.
  • Some camping equipment provided.

Corps members serve approximately 43 hours a week for a period of 15 weeks.  Members must achieve a minimum of 450 hours of service within that 15 week period. Service hours are typically performed Monday through Friday during training season and Tuesday though the following Thursday (10-days straight) during conservation season. The general schedule each day is service from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
**This position is part of a specialized SCA AmeriCorps program and if you are selected, you will be serving as an SCA AmeriCorps member. ** 

*** Conditions of Service – All SCA Massachusetts Conservation Corps members are required to be fully vaccinated. Full vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.***

It is our strong belief that equal opportunity for all members is central to the continued success of our programs. We will not discriminate against an applicant because of race, religious creed, religion, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, age, physical disability, mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity characteristics or expressions in selections, terminations and or recommendations. Opportunity is provided to all applicants in the basis of qualifications and program requirements. Upon request, reasonable accommodations will be provided to applicants during the selection process and to members during service.

Final program model will be determined by available funding. SCA1957

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Position ID: PO-00733857

Expected Dates: July 12, 2022 - October 21, 2022

22 Kings Hwy
Rowe, MA 01367

Training Provided: Risk Management, Conservation Trail Skills and Non-Violent Communication

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Western Massachusetts is a mecca of outdoor adventure opportunities, including hiking, biking, and paddling.

Professional Development Opportunities: Members will learn leadership and teamwork skills throughout the term of service.  In addition, members will enhance their communication and conflict resolution skills while living and serving in a community environment.

Main Area of Focus: Backcountry/Trail work

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

Members will be living in small group housing in rural western MA. While not required, a personal vehicle will provide many more opportunities during off time.

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

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

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