Conservation Steward Massachusetts Corps

Expected Dates
March 31, 2019 to September 27, 2019
Site
SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps
Position ID
PO-00727250
The SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps is a partnership between SCA, AmeriCorps, The Massachusetts Service Alliance, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps members serve the lands and people of Massachusetts for five months through the completion of high priority conservation service projects on public lands. SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps Conservation Stewards begin their service in late March 2019, joining 18 other SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps members who will have been serving since November 2018. 

 
The majority of the position is dedicated to hands-on, outdoor conservation projects ranging from trail construction and maintenance to habitat restoration and invasive plant species removal. Leadership development is an important component of the p
rogram. Each member will serve as a crew leader for at least one 10 day field project. A typical field project or “hitch” will consist of collaborating as part of a five or six-person crew for 10 days at a time, returning to Kenneth Dubuque State Forest for a three or four day break between hitches. A portion of the position is spent earning certifications and attending trainings such as Wilderness First Responder, leadership, chainsaw, rigging, carpentry, and general trail maintenance and construction. Members will also spend time developing teaching skills through presenting environmental education based lessons and engaging volunteers in service activities. Community based living is a large component of this program. The living conditions are simple, rustic, and community focused. The corps is made up of 18 – 25 year olds with diverse backgrounds from around the country. 
 
Responsibilities
  1. Attend and participate in all trainings.
  2. 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.
  3. Be an active and participatory team player.
  4. Be an active and participatory member of the SCA Massachusetts community.
  5. Comply with all SCA, DCR, and AmeriCorps policies and refrain from any prohibited activities.

Compensation
Members will receive a weekly stipend of $90.00
Upon successful completion of 900 hours of service, members will receive an education award of $2,907.50
Room and Board will be provided
Transportation to and from service activities will be provided
Health Insurance is provided to members
 
Essential Functions and Qualifications

Must have an ability to serve independently and as part of a team
Must be able to live and work in diverse situations and environments
Must be willing to try new things and learn new skills
Must be able to lift 50 lbs. 
Must be willing to learn how to use hand tools and power tools 
Must have good communication skills
Must have a high school diploma/GED
 
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.
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  • SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps is a residential program based in the Kenneth Dubuque State Forest in Hawley, MA, an 8,000 acre forest located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.

    During conservation service season, members get to travel the state of Massachusetts working and camping on public lands for 10 days at a time.

  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid
    Chainsaw certification
    Carpentry
    Rigging
    Trail crew leadership
    Risk management
    Trail maintenance and construction
  • Members will learn leadership and teamwork skills during conservation season.  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
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Backpacking
competent with supervision
Camping
competent with supervision
Leadership Experience
competent without supervision
Community Engagement
some experience
Trail Maintenance
competent with supervision
Volunteer Coordination
some experience
Working with Children
competent without supervision