2022 Alaska Corps Teams

Expected Dates
May 1, 2022 to October 2, 2022
Site
Student Conservation Association
Position ID
PO-00732490
SCA’s Alaska Conservation Corps Teams will be working with multiple state and federal partners throughout the Alaska.  Conservation work projects focus on trail work and may include one or more of the following areas: trail construction and maintenance, invasive species removal, restoration and fuels reduction for wildfire/wildlife management.  Members of these Corps Teams should be prepared to camp through the summer and face the challenges of weather, insects, and wildlife typical of strenuous outdoor work.  Project schedules, partner sites, and length of service will vary throughout the season depending on exact service location(s).

Program Overview:
Members of this team should be prepared to camp for the duration of the season. Campsite amenities vary and cell/internet service may be limited. Teams will practice Leave No Trace, or minimal impact, camping techniques. The team may also stay at SCA- or partner-provided housing at some sites. You can expect to be more than 1 hour from services at various times throughout your program. Terrain could include boreal forest, rainforest, or tundra.

Teams will consist of one Project Leader and three to five Corps Members.  These teams of four to six will remain together for the entirety of the season. Team members should be flexible, willing to share space with their team, and invested in their personal and professional growth.

Members will be willing to build community with their team, work through interpersonal conflict, and be flexible with changing schedules. In addition, they need to be willing to engage in strenuous physical, outdoor work skills. Members must be willing and able to live and work with their team for the duration of the season.

Team placements for the Alaska Corps will vary across the state. A team may serve in the same location for the duration or move to multiple partner locations (up to four) throughout the summer. All team members will receive SCA and work skills training at the start of the season. At minimum, a team will serve for 12 weeks plus two weeks of training. Teams may serve up to 20 weeks in the field depending on schedules (which will be set prior to position placements).

All members must be AmeriCorps eligible and enrollment is required for acceptance into the position.

Program Dates - Training and project work length may vary depending on service location 
  • May 16*: Team member training
  • May 30- September 30*

*Date may vary depending on project and partner site
Primary Responsibilities:

  • Engage as a crew member to promote healthy group dynamics, and promote effective and productive teamwork;
  • Work variable hours (long days and/or weekend), at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, in varying weather conditions, and under physically demanding circumstances;
  • Live and work with the same crew for the duration of the season;
  • Use technical equipment including a chainsaw, power tools, and hand tools.

Strong candidates will have the following knowledge, skills, experience:

  • Experience working in an outdoor setting;
  • Positive communication skills and ability to work with a team;
  • Resiliency skills;
  • Ability to take initiative;
  • Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ability to safely perform manual, physical labor for up to 8-10 hours per day, be exposed to the elements, and occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more.
  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age;
  • Have ability to legally work in the US;
  • Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards;
  • Valid driver’s license and motor vehicle record (MVR) that meets SCA standards required for members over 21 and interested in driving SCA vehicles;
  • Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants (Alaska Corps Teams included) 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.

Team Member Benefits: 

  • $250/week living allowance;*
  • $1000 travel allowance;*
  • Camping and meals for the duration of the season;
  • Wilderness medicine training;
  • AmeriCorps Education Award eligibility
  • Some positions may be eligible to receive Public Land Corps Hiring Authority Eligibility

*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
SCA’s COVID-19 Management Plan to learn more about how our teams will be operating in the field.

  • Alaska Corps Teams may work in one or more of the following areas; Chugach State Park, Chugach National Forest, Bureau of Land Management in Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Kenai Fjords National Park, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Katmai National Park, Lake Clark National Park, Tongass National Forest, Glacier Bay National Park, and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
  • Members will attend SCA’s Corps Member Orientation, Conservation Work Skills Training, and Wilderness First Aid. Only members on crews using chainsaws will receive chainsaw training.
  • Recreational opportunities abound during off-time, and are mostly focused on out of doors activities. Activities range from off-trail hiking and backpacking to fishing and cabin trips. Many towns in Alaska have summer festivals and community events.
  • SCA Conservation Work Skills Training, Wilderness First Aid Training, and Exposure to Leave No Trace Wilderness Ethics, Chainsaw Training
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Backpacking
some experience
Camping
some experience
Construction
some experience
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Trail Maintenance
some experience