Gulf Veterans Fire Corps (US Military Veterans Only)

Expected Dates
April 6, 2018 to May 11, 2018
Student Conservation Association
Position ID
The Veterans Fire Corps is comprised of post-9/11-era US Military Veterans receiving essential training, credentials and experience to competitively pursue wildland fire and/or forestry careers. In this internship members will serve in teams of five with an experienced SCA Project Leader. This Team will be located on throughout coastal Mississippi and Alabama. Team Projects may include, but are not limited to, participation on prescribed fires, fuels reduction, fire effects monitoring, educational outreach and pre fire preparation of burn units. A typical schedule consists of four consecutive 10-hour days with three days off. Wildland firefighting demands a high level of fitness to work in difficult environmental conditions, including steep terrain, extreme temperatures, altitude, and smoke.  Members will be required to pass the Work Capacity (Pack) Test (FFT2 Red Card Certification) at the “arduous” level.  The Pack Test consists of completing a 3-mile hike with 45-pound pack in 45 minutes. A form DD214 is required indicating an Honorable discharge or General discharge (under Honorable conditions) on a case-by-case basis. Members of this program must also have a valid driver’s license, successfully pass both a vehicle and criminal background check, and be comfortable and willing to live and work with veterans from all branches of service. Benefits include housing, transportation, a living allowance of $280/week and eligibility for an AmeriCorps education award.  NOTE:  Dates may adjust to 1-2 weeks within the dates given.

This 6-person prescribed fire crew will be located for 3 months in coastal Mississippi and conduct prescribed burns and other management activities on sensitive, threatened and endangered species habitat located on private and public lands to include open wet pine savannahs and upland longleaf pine on federal, state and private lands. The need to utilize prescribed fire and encourage restoration activities on more acres is high, especially for landowners who have not used prescribed fire historically as a management or restoration tool, in order to improve and sustain habitat quality for many resident and migratory wildlife species, some of them becoming increasingly rare. Innovative outreach efforts will be used to encourage more Farm Bill participation in targeted watersheds.
  • Bon Secour NWR(Alabama), Grand Bay NWR(Alabama/Mississippi, Sandhill Crane NWR(Mississippi), Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve(Mississippi), US Navy Stennis Western Maneuver Area (Mississippi) and private lands within the 2015 eligible HUC-8 watersheds.
  • Members of this Team will participate in the following trainings:
    -Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
    -S212 Chainsaw Certification
    -S130 Basic Wildland Firefighting (Red Card)
  • Chainsaw
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some experience
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience