Created in 2009, the SCA Idaho AmeriCorps Program is designed to meet the environmental conservation, natural resource protection, community stewardship, and workforce development needs of Public Lands throughout Idaho.
Members of the Salmon-Challis AmeriCorps Forest Training Center will have the opportunity to further their passion for the environment and lover of the outdoors through hands-on conservation service work. Members will gain outdoor leadership experience and multidisciplinary training in a variety of land management facets, which will include a mix of the following: front country and backcountry trail maintenance, historic preservation, fuels reduction, invasive species management, wildlife habitat restoration and assessments and much more. This program is unique in that all members will complete a variety of projects in partnership with federal and state public land management agencies and will have opportunities to try out many of these resource protection areas. The goal of this experience is to develop a strong base of knowledge and skills, therefore preparing members to become professional level field staff for conservation organizations (government, non-profit, and private sector). Throughout this program crew members are encouraged to make meaningful connections to the community, peers and agency partners and are given many opportunities for career and professional development. Additionally, crew members will often work independently or directly with agency partners and are given a number of leadership development opportunities throughout the season. A large part of this program involves living and working in a cooperative environment in a relatively remote location. Members will maintain and improve the Forest Training Center itself including community responsibilities such as cooking, maintaining communal spaces, managing the garden/compost, resource use conservation, and local community engagement. Members who successfully complete the program will be certified as Conservation Field Technicians by SCA.
Wilderness First Responder certification, CPR certification, Chainsaw certification, Crosscut Saw certification, Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Trainer certification, trail maintenance skills, and other project specific training.
- Be an active and participatory corps member – attend all training and service days, and participate in weekly chores around the program base and base camp.
- Take on role of Crew Leader for at least one hitch, serving as a professional liaison with park managers, handling the logistics of a project, delegating responsibilities, developing emergency response plans, and completing all necessary paperwork.
- Be an active and participatory member of the SCA Idaho Corps, Forest and Parks, and AmeriCorps Community.
- Comply with all SCA and AmeriCorps policies and refrain from any prohibited activities.
- Perform outdoor conservation projects, 85%
- Participate in training opportunities, 15%
- Position is physically demanding and will require some evening and weekend work
- Interaction with the general public both in the field and during free time
- Represent SCA in a positive manner
- Members will receive a weekly stipend of $193
- Travel Stipend of $650
- Upon completion of service, members will receive an education award of up to $3,247.50
- Food and Housing will be provided (Shared living spaces at Indianola Ranger Station, North Fork, ID.)
- Transportation to and from service activities will be provided
Corps members serve approximately 40-45 hours a week for a period of 5 months. Members must achieve a minimum of 900 hours of service within that 5-month period (roughly 21 weeks of service). Service hours are typically performed on a ﬂexible schedule with most hitches going Monday-Thursday; however, longer duration service will be necessary for remote or backcountry projects, up to 10 days in a row. Members are always camping out during the work week and return to the program base on days off. The general schedule each day is 7:00 am – 5:30 pm.
Essential Functions and Qualifications
- Must have an ability to serve independently and as part of a team
- Must be able to live and serve in diverse situations and outdoor environments
- Must be willing to try new things and learn new skills
- Must be able to lift 50 lbs and hike 10 miles.
- Must be willing to learn how to use hand tools and power tools to accomplish service activities
- Must have good communication skills
- Must have a high school diploma/GED
- Must be willing to serve some nights and weekends
- Must be willing to camp outside for 10 days at a time
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Previous camping and backpacking experience is helpful but not required. Excellent organization, verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills are required. Working within a team setting for a common goal is critical as well as being able to work independently.
Required Academic and Experience Qualifications
High school diploma/GED. Ability to perform physical work outdoors in remote locations in varying weather conditions independently and as part of a group. Interest in recreation, resource management, historic preservation, and public access issues; must be physically able to walk 10 miles a day over varied terrain and lift up to 50lbs. Position requires frequent exposure to potentially harmful biotic factors including poison ivy, stinging and biting insects and ticks.
Required COVID-19 Vaccination
Required to demonstrate full vaccination status for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine
Description of Offered Housing
SCA Idaho AmeriCorps is based at the historic Indianola Ranger Station on the Salmon-Challis National Forest. The living conditions are simple, rustic, and community focused. Along with the 1913 Ranger Station where the main oﬃce is located, there are several bunkhouses, a community house, shower house, and several storage buildings on site for tools and equipment. The facility is off-grid with no cell phone service and limited satellite internet connectivity. Members will live in the rustic bunkhouses or in furnished wall-tents. Situated on the Wild and Scenic Salmon River, there are ample opportunities for recreation, and travel to nearby towns for goods is a 45-minute drive.
INTERESTED IN THE SCA IDAHO AMERICORPS PROGRAM?
- Contact Tim Carroll [email protected]. Applicants must be age 18 or older and must have a valid driver’s license and pass a background check.
The Salmon-Challis AmeriCorps Forest Training Center is situated remotely in the Salmon-Challis National Forest along the border in east-central Idaho. With its 4.3 million acres, including over a million acres of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness area (the largest wilderness area in the contiguous US), the Salmon-Challis NF is prime country for those who enjoy the outdoors. The Forest Training Center is ~ 20min drive to North Fork ID, which is a 1 store “town” and ~ 45 min to Salmon, ID. The living site is the rustic, historic 1913 Indianola Ranger Station.
The site is off the grid with no cell phone service, and limited internet at the living facilities. Land lines are available. Living at the Forest Training Center has its challenges, but is located in the picturesque Salmon-Challis National Forest right on the Salmon River, and provides endless recreational access right outside the door.
Wilderness First Responder/CPR
SCA Driver Training
SCA Conservation Work Skills Training
Crosscut Saw Training
Some members: Chainsaw, Rigging, Habitat Monitoring, MIM surveys.
Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, Whitewater Capital of the World,
Members are encouraged to volunteer in the local communities of Salmon and Challis, Idaho at some point during the season. There will be at least 2 program hosted volunteer service events during the season where members are required to participate.
Exceptional resources available in our multiple project partners including: USFS, BLM, US Park Service, Idaho State Parks.
- some experience
- some experience
- Hand Tools
- some experience
- Leadership Experience
- some experience