CA Conservation Corps

Actively Recruiting:

Position title :
Conservationist I

Deadline to apply :

Type of Position :
Staff (Full-Time)

Town, City, Park, etc :
Ventura County

State / Territory :

Benefits :
Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Vision Insurance

Attachments/Supplemental Materials :

Organization/Program Description :
  • Do you want to make a positive, significant difference in the lives of citizens in communities throughout California?
  • Do you want to directly improve the lives of citizens in the State of California through the implementation of vital environmental restoration projects?
Then the California Conservation Corps (CCC) has the job for you!
The CCC is a dynamic organization committed to developing young adults by challenging them to complete a year of public service and conservation-related work. Employees of the CCC are leaders who inspire, educate and challenge young people to further their educational and professional goals.
If you are looking to work for a state department that demands excellence, inspires staff to do their best and protects and enhances the state’s environment, we invite you to apply for a position with the California Conservation Corps, the finest youth Environmental Restoration, Education, Workforce Development program in the world.
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Position Description :

Daily active outdoor work, often in arduous conditions. High volume of emergency response calls resulting in long periods of time away from home, sometimes a few days running up to 21 days. Semi-frequent consecutive outdoor overnights.

The Camarillo Center is located in beautiful Ventura County at 3200 Wright Road, Camarillo, CA 93010. The center is a ½ hour drive from Los Angeles activities and sandy beaches. You will be part of collegial work culture with a dedicated team of 30+ other CCC staff, 100+young adults as well as our partner agency CAL FIRE. Following each workday, you will feel an immense sense of pride for the positive impact your work has made on the lives of young adults and the environment. Join our extraordinary team and start making memories that will last a lifetime!

Job Duties :

Under the direction of the Conservation Supervisor, the Conservationist I perform the following duties:

Supervise, Train and Evaluate Corpsmembers

  • Supervise a crew of young adults (corpsmembers) working on public service conservation projects in urban and rural areas. Some projects may be in remote areas of California.
  • Teach corpsmembers the importance of work productivity, teamwork, safe work habits and discipline on work projects. Responsible to follow CCC-established discipline policies and holding corpsmembers accountable for their behavior. Recommend disciplinary action when necessary. Evaluate corpsmembers’ performance.
  • Instruct corpsmembers in the protection and conservation of California’s natural resources.
  • Instruct corpsmembers in skills such as: firefighting, construction, landscaping, erosion control, trail building and maintenance.
  • Respond to emergencies such as wildland fires, floods, pest eradication and mudslides.
  • Ability to take immediate action in life-threatening situations.

Teach, Direct and Counsel Corpsmembers

  • Develop corpsmembers’ leadership skills. Recommend corpsmembers as candidates for the CCC Leadership Training Program. Mentor corpsmember leaders.
  • Supervision of corpsmembers during non-work hours (night and weekend supervision, if assigned). Monitor dormitories and ensure the health and safety of all corpsmembers in CCC facilities. Provide informal counseling to corpsmembers; refer to formal counseling, if needed.
  • Monitor the educational attainment of corpsmembers engaged in non-work educational opportunities. Provide feedback and evaluation to corpsmembers.
  • Respond to evening and weekend emergency situations.

Care, Maintenance, and Security of State Equipment and Property

  • Inspect vehicles and equipment to ensure safe operation; recommend repairs and maintenance.
  • Drive and operate state vehicles and equipment, and perform minor repairs and maintenance.
  • Identify, select and train corpsmember drivers. Assist in their attainment of a Class C license with passenger endorsement and CCC-sponsored driver training course(s).

Recordkeeping and Personnel Administration

  • Maintain time and leave records, approves leaves, and accrual of CTO.
  • Develops supervisor’s reports of injuries, disciplinary reports, and weekly project and safety reports.
  • Document conservation awareness.

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You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Requirements :
  • The position(s) require(s) a Drug Screening be passed prior to being hired.
  • The position(s) require(s) a Background Investigation be cleared prior to being hired.
  • Commercial Class C License – Provide evidence that a Commercial Class C license with a Passenger Transport Vehicle special endorsement or equivalent has been obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
  • Pre-employment Drug Test – Pass a urine drug test. In accordance with the Federal Highway Administration regulations (49 CFR, Part 382), persons hired to a class requiring a commercial driver license must take and pass a pre-employment drug test. Please note: Per California Code of Regulations § 213.5, applicants who fail the drug test pursuant to section § 213.4 (h), will be disqualified from the examination in which they are competing and, except as provided by section § 213.5 (e), shall not be eligible to take any State civil service examination for a class for which drug testing is required until one year has elapsed from the date the drug test specimen is given.
  • Background Investigation – Undergo fingerprinting and successfully pass a Criminal Offender Record Information check completed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) which may or may not also include a background check through the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
  • Medical Exam – A medical clearance exam is required for this classification.
Additional Benefits :

Access to our on-site state-of-the-art fitness center, medical and dental benefits, 401K opportunity, free parking, travel, and professional growth opportunities.

Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information :

Hiring Unit Contact:
Tom van Meeuwen
(805) 278-2787
[email protected]

Questions on how to apply? Contact the Hiring Desk at (916)341-3221 or [email protected]

Additional Information :

In order to be considered for the job vacancy you must satisfy one of the following requirements:

  1. List Eligibility– Successfully complete the civil service exam for classification Conservationist I.Click Here for more information on how to apply for the Conservationist I exam. NOTE: Please refer to the exam bulletin for the frequency of administration of this exam.
  2. Transfer Eligibility– Must have current employment with the State of California in the same classification or in a classification that is comparable. If in a different classification, you must meet the minimum qualifications (see Minimum Qualifications section and associated links above).
  3. Reinstatement Eligibility– Previously obtained permanent employment with the State of California in the same classification or in a classification that is comparable. If in a different classification, you must meet the minimum qualifications (see Minimum Qualifications section and associated links above.

In some special circumstances, candidates who meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position, but who do not have one of the types of eligibility listed above, may be hired. However, this is rare and the preferred method of appointment is through eligibility as described above.