Topic ID #37970 - posted 1/24/2017 3:27 AM

Corpsmember - NPS Urban Archeology Corps - YCC - Summer 2017

Jennifer Palmer

Corpsmember - National Park Service Urban Archeology Corps - YCC In-Town – Summer 2017
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Job Description
Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC), empowers young people to attain compassion, responsibility and grit through community service, hard work and environmental stewardship. SECC is a local, non-profit, AmeriCorps affiliated organization based out of Chattanooga, TN. SECC selects young adults ages 16 – 35 (depending on specific program), to complete conservation work projects on public, private and municipal lands throughout the Southeast. SECC fosters the personal development of corpsmembers through environmental stewardship projects and experiential learning. Through community partnerships, SECC provides hands-on job training opportunities to young adults while simultaneously meeting natural resource needs throughout the Southeast. 
The SECC Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) In-Town Crew engages motivated young adults, ages 16 - 18, in a program that combines training and education with impactful conservation and service projects throughout the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park lands. Projects may include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, re-vegetation, and much more. This program focuses on engaging local youth in meaningful learning and service opportunities in their communities. 
Each Urban Archeology crew consists of 4 - 6 youth corpsmembers and 1 -2 experienced and trained leaders. Crews are in the field working Monday - Friday, Friday being primarily an education/recreation day. Crew members will begin and end each day at the SECC office and spend some time each Thursday or Friday afternoon at the SECC office cleaning crew gear to prep it for the following week. Crew members have evenings, Saturdays and Sundays off, and return the SECC office every weekday morning at 7:30am sharp and end work days around 4:00pm.
YCC Corpsmembers must be 16 - 18 years of age. You must be 16 years of age prior to the start of the program. We will accept 17 year olds that have graduated high school and will be turning 18 during the program. Or if 18, you must be enrolled in high school in the fall.
Time Frame:
June 2017 – July 2017 
5 weeks
Required Experience:
No conservation experience required
Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements
Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization. These requirements are written the same for all positions and therefore may not apply directly to your particular position.
Participation and Expedition Behavior
• Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences
• Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of others for any reason.
• Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training and national service. Members must commit to participating in all crew/team activities, including service days in local communities where applicable.
• Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues and organization staff.
• Have the cognitive ability to learn necessary skills and apply them to effectively carry out the service work requirements
• Appropriately represent the Program and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all times.
Safety and Judgment
• Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance. You must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds.
• Effectively perceive, understand and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques to manage hazards. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be given during exposure to the hazard.
• Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions
• Perceive and comprehend significant and apparent hazards, including those hazards previously identified by others. 
• Respond appropriately to stress or crises.
• If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.
Environmental Ethics
• Learn and practice ‘Leave no Trace’ techniques
Outdoor Skills and Fitness (where appropriate)
• Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project. Additionally, remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed so as to remain generally healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries. 
• Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks. Conditions of this environment may vary significantly and may include severe and/or trying weather. The remoteness is such that it may require at a minimum one hour, but perhaps in excess of 12 hours, to reach the nearest advanced medical care.
Substance Free:
In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol, tobacco and drugs are prohibited while participating in SECC and program activities and while on organization property.
• Corpsmembers must be a United States citizen or Permanent Resident.
Length: Full-time, temporary, non-residential, 5 weeks
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Compensation: $290/week, paid bi-weekly

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