Red Salmon Fire Recovery Team

Expected Dates
May 23, 2021 to August 14, 2021
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Position ID
This SCA Team will spend nine weeks in the Trinity Alps Wilderness of northern California repairing trails heavily damaged by the Red Salmon Fire.  The Forest Service has completed a Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation plan for the Red Salmon Fire that includes treatment of trails within the fire perimeter to reduce the potential for failure and sediment from impacting watercourses.

Erosion control features will be re-constructed and trail tread repaired in severely burned areas due to burned stump holes. Trail stream crossings will be rock reinforced to protect the trail from increased flows washing out. Downed trees will across the trail will be removed. Trail treatments may also include hazard tree removal at trailheads and along trails. Approximately 25 miles of trails that burned in high and moderate severity will be rehabilitated by the SCA team.

Field-life is rugged, and while on work hitches, members should expect to live without electricity, running water, and cell phone reception; additionally, while on hitch, this program is alcohol and substance free.  

Training Description (Tentative)
*Please note- this is a tentative training schedule.  A full overview and description of training will be issued two weeks prior to the start of training.  Additionally, members may receive additional training opportunities depending on project needs.  

Training Location:
Weaverville, CA

Tentative Training Schedule

5/23: Arrival at Training Site
5/24-5/25: Corps Member Orientation
5/26-5/28: Wilderness First Aid
5/29: Rest Day
5/30 - 6/3: Work Skills Training (i.e. Trail Building Training) 
6/4: Depart for First Project Site
Crew Housing  
For the duration of the season, crews should expect to be mobile and should expect to be traveling long distances in remote locations to get to their project sites.  Additionally, many field based work hitches will be tent-based camping.  Members will be expected to work together to ensure that all SCA equipment, vehicles, trailer, and tools are properly maintained and ready for use in the field.  Personal vehicles are not recommended for this project.  Crew members will have access to an SCA vehicle for transportation to and from work projects.   
Member Responsibilities
Ensure project, crew community, basecamp, vehicles, and general safety standards are upheld; full engagement is expected in all work projects and community activities 
Interfacing with general public and partner organizations in a manner that reflects positively upon the crew, organization, and agency 
Take on role of Hitch Leader for at least one hitch, serving as a professional liaison with SCA Project Leaders, handling the logistics of a project, meal planning, delegating responsibilities, developing emergency response plans, and completing all necessary paperwork. 
Recording work totals and creating reports for submission to agency partners; this will include GPS field data collection and post-processing. 
Member Qualifications
Commitment to living and working within an intensive crew environment; interpersonal skills and community living experience are pluses 
Commitment to service in working conditions that will include: extreme heat, extreme cold, high winds, and precipitation 
Ability to enroll in AmeriCorps Education Award Program 
Ability to pass SCA background check 
Valid driver’s license; ability to pass Motor Vehicle Records check preferred 
**This position is part of a specialized SCA AmeriCorps program and if you are selected, you will be serving as an SCA AmeriCorps member. To be eligible for this position you must have served as an AmeriCorps member less than 4 times**

*** The COVID-19 pandemic has required SCA to implement several safety protocols and policies to help our teams manage the risks associated with the pandemic.  Please review the documents below for SCA’s updated organizational response plan and participant agreement form to learn more how our teams will be operating in the field. 

SCA COVID-19 Response Plan (updated 1/27/2021)
SCA COVID-19 Participant Agreement Form (updated 1/27/2021)
For Members who have accepted this position (Please click on the links below to review the steps you need to take to prepare for your position) 
Preparing for your Corps Team Position
Onboarding for Your Corps Team Position
Trail Corps Team Gear List

  • Trinity Alps Wilderness in northern California.
  • cross cut saw, wilderness first aid
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
competent without supervision
competent without supervision
competent with supervision
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Trail Maintenance
some experience