SCA AL GulfCorps (PO-00734659)

Service Position Title: Alabama Conservation Corps (ALCC) Crew Member
Days and Hours of Service: Monday through Thursday (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) and Friday (8:00 AM – 2:30 PM)
Some nights and weekends may be required.
Start Date: September 11, 2023 End Date: March 1, 2024
Host Site Address: The Student Conservation Association (SCA), 853 Dauphin St., Suite C, Mobile, AL 36602
Host Site – Staff Contact Sara Boccardo, Program Manager, 251-459-2328, [email protected]
Primary Service Site Address: Various sites, Mobile and Baldwin County
Primary Service Site Supervisor/Coordinator Contact: Amber Rooney, AL Program Coordinator, 251-301-8115, [email protected]
Program Overview: As part of the Student Conservation Association (SCA) Alabama Conservation Corps (ALCC) team, you’ll serve with 12 young adults to conduct invasive plant species treatment and removal, trail and boardwalk creation and maintenance, prescribed burning and preparation, and related conservation service activities. Team members will receive certifications and opportunities for future career opportunities in coastal habitat restoration.

The ALCC Program is focused on providing young adults opportunities to grow competitive skills in the field of natural resource management to prepare them to move into jobs with project partners after their term of service. Our partners include federal, state, local, and non-profit environmental agencies. Skills will include hands on conservation service experience, professional development training, and nationally recognized certifications. 

Service will mostly be outdoors and will sometimes require heavy lifting (~50 lb) and using equipment such as chainsaws and brush cutters. Team members will be supervised in the field by an experienced SCA Crew Leader. All team members are expected to be respectful, on-time, hardworking, and aware of conditions to ensure a safe service environment.

SCA is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

Essential Function(s):
  • Interest and investment in leadership development and teamwork is required. 
  • Commitment to serving as a productive team member; interpersonal and professional skills are pluses. 
  • Commitment to service in environmental 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 communicate the presence of safety hazards through visual and auditory means.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs., and walk/hike on uneven terrain, uphill or downhill, for 5 miles.
  • Ability to pass SCA’s background check. 
Marginal Function(s): N/A
Academic Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent.
  • No previous experience is required for this position.
  • Must be eligible to serve as an AmeriCorps Member. This includes:
    • Being a citizen, permanent resident, or national of the United States;
    • Being at least 18 years or older;
    • Having a high school diploma or equivalent;
    • Being willing to undergo National Service Criminal History Check, including criminal background, sex offender and FBI checks.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • Interest in hands-on, outdoor service activities is preferred.
  • Interest in pursuing a career in conservation or a related field is preferred.
Physical, Emotional, and Intellectual Demands: Emotional and Intellectual Requirements:

  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with staff, crew leaders, and members;
  • Function as part of a team;
  • Understand verbal and/or written communication;
  • Must be dependable, flexible, and cooperative;
  • Ability to take initiative to complete the task at hand without prompting;
  • Accepting of leadership and supervisory authority; and
  • Completes tasks appropriately and in a timely manner.

Physical Requirements:            

  • Hike up to 5 miles, often while carrying a backpack, tools, and equipment
  • Lift heavy objects up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to perform duties in all weather conditions including extreme heat, cold, rain
  • Ability to communicate the presence of safety hazards through visual and auditory means.
Member Benefits:
  • Pay: From $480 a week living allowance.  
  • AmeriCorps Education Award ($3,247.50) upon successful completion of program.  
  • Member Assistance Program 
  • Trainings provided: Wilderness First Aid, Wildland Chainsaw (S212), Wildland Firefighter (Red card), and SCA Leadership Development Training.    
Member Trainings:
  • Crew member Orientation (Sept 11, 12 2022)
  • GulfCorps Orientation (Sept 18-22, 2023)
  • Wilderness First Aid and CPR (Sept 25-27, 2022)
  • Wildland Firefighter Chainsaw Certification (11/13/2023 – 11/15/2023)
  • Wildland Firefighter Certification (11/15/2023 – 11/17/2023)


Service Conditions: Service is performed primarily outdoors. Some classroom time will be required when weather conditions are not ideal for outdoor service or when required professional development activities are due.  
Equipment Used: Hand tools, herbicide and herbicide application equipment, power tools, and chainsaws.
Commitment Required: The SCA ALCC Program’s term of service is a 6-month (Half-Time HT, 900 hours) commitment that will last (September 11, 2022 – Feb 1, 2023).

Position ID: PO-00734659

Expected Dates: September 11, 2023 - March 1, 2024

Training Provided: Members of this Team will participate in the following trainings: - Wilderness First Aid - CPR - Chainsaw skills - Wildland fire - Herbicide use

Professional Development Opportunities: Team members will have the opportunity to meet and work alongside partners from numerous environmental agencies in coastal Alabama. Professional opportunities such as leadership development, risk management, resume building, and career advancement will also be available. The goal of this program is to place members in environmental careers at the end of the 8-month position. 

This position qualifies for an AmeriCorps Education Award.

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

It is SCA’s policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position’s start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position’s start date will be delayed due to non-compliance.

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Not needed

Housing or Stipend Provided?
D. No housing is available

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association