Veteran Fire Corp

Expected Dates
October 19, 2018 to October 31, 2020
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. Prescribed fire work 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. Members will also have to pass a medical clearance process from the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Benefits include:
  • Housing
  • Transportation during work hours
  • Meals during work days
  • Living allowance of $300/week
  • A $650 travel allowance
  • Eligibility for an AmeriCorps education award.  

NOTE:  Dates may adjust to 1-2 weeks within the dates given.

Tag: SCA1957

  • Members of this Team will participate in the following trainings:
    -Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
    -S212 Chainsaw Certification
    -S130 Basic Wildland Firefighting (Red Card)
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected

None listed.