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Massachusetts Conservation Corps - Crew Member

About The Student Conservation Association

The Student Conservation Association is the largest provider of hands-on environmental conservation programs for youth and young adults. 1,193,990 Total Hours Of Conservation Service 2,448 Miles Of Trail Built Or Improved 618,443 Acres Of Land Or Wetlands Improved 771,130 Feet Of Shoreline Or Waterways Improved 373,432 People Who Received Education & Outreach

Duties

Program Description:

The MACC is a 4-month program that runs September 3 – December 20, 2024. Program participants will meet at John Agustus Hall in West Boylston, MA and commute together to project locations. The weekly schedule will usually be 10-hour days Monday-Thursday with a three-day weekend.   This hands-on position is a physically demanding outdoor based opportunity. Despite the hard work and dealing with the elements, the team environment and satisfaction one receives from completing high needs trail, land, and recreation management projects is beyond comparison. This unique opportunity is a workforce development AmeriCorps position that will help jumpstart your career!  

Program Time breakdown:

Training: 15%
Training Season: All program participants will begin the program with 1.5 weeks of training.  This includes SCA, AmeriCorps, and partner policies and protocols, wilderness first aid (16-hour course), conservation trail skills, leadership development, and tool maintenance.

Field Season 85%

Projects or hitches will typically be 1-2 weeks in length but could vary depending on the location and project needs.  Members will meet at John Agustus Hall, or another agreed upon location to drive together to project sites.  Service may include, new trail construction, native or dimensional lumber bridges, rock steps/walls, invasive species management, resource monitoring, sign installation and historic preservation.

Time in the field while on hitch can be exhausting. When onsite completing projects there is limited access to electricity, little cell phone reception, and members will encounter heat, cold, rain, and bugs, throughout the service term.  The skills learned, projects completed, and friendships made throughout the season will make all the hard work well worth the time and effort!

Qualifications

Essential Functions and Position Requirements:

  • Being committed to outdoor environmental service
  • Ability to lift 50lbs or more and hike five or more miles a day
  • Ability to commute to and from John Agustus Hall in West Boylston, MA or other agreed-upon location daily
  • Willingness to work in a variety of weather conditions that will include heat, cold, rain, etc...
  • Complete project reports, output logs, and tool inventories
  • Commit to following all SCA, MACC, AmeriCorps, and partner policies and protocols
  • Interest in being part of a team to achieve common goals that meet partner needs
  • 18+ with a high school diploma/GED, or willingness to pursue GED during the service term
  • Ability to pass criminal history and motor vehicle record checks
  • Must be a US citizen, permanent resident, or national of the United States

Marginal Functions and optional service activities: 

  • Driving SCA vehicles during service
  • Trail clean-up and park volunteer days

Desired Qualifications:

  • Some related college coursework or a high interest in related career fields
  • Experience working or recreating outdoors 
  • Current driver's license for 3+ years

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The Peace Corps is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees, Volunteers, and applicants for employment and volunteer service. Peace Corps policy prohibits discrimination and harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or over), disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, union membership, genetic information, or history of participation in the Equal Employment Opportunity process, grievance procedure, or any authorized complaint procedure.

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