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Mile High Youth Corps
Position title :Fall Forestry Corpsmember 2020 (Colorado Springs)
Start Date :08/17/2020
End Date :10/23/2020
Town, City, Park, etc :Colorado Springs
State / Territory :Colorado
Benefits :AmeriCorps,Education Award,Health Insurance,Student Loan Forbearance
Project/Program Focus :Forestry,Invasive Species Mngmt,Trails,Wildfire Mngmt
Position Description :
Fall Forestry (FF) is an intensive, team-based, 10 week-long program based in Colorado Springs. Corpsmembers serve on conservation and environmental stewardship projects on public lands throughout the Southern Front Range Region. Corpsmembers have the choice to serve on either a Sawyer or Hand Crew.
Sawyer Crew: Members operate chainsaws on wildland fire mitigation and invasive tree removal projects. They receive First Aid/CPR and S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws equivalency certifications. Some sawyers will have the opportunity to receive pesticide application training. The use of pesticide is common on invasive tree removal projects.
Hand Crew: Members receive training in safe and efficient use of hand tools to complete a wide variety of projects. Examples include: trail maintenance and construction, installation of rock and timber trail structures, noxious weed removal, pesticide application, planting and mulching, fence repair and construction and other park development projects.
MHYC anticipates the position will run from August 17 – October 23, 2020. (Option for August 31- November 6.) This is subject to change due to COVID-19. This is a temporary position.
- 300 hours of service in a 10 week commitment.
- All positions require overnight camping (known as hitches)
- 40 hour weeks, 4-day hitches, Monday-Thursday or Tuesday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- May serve on 9-day hitches.
- Biweekly Stipend: Earn a total living stipend of $3,800. The stipend will be paid every two weeks.
- Returning Corpsmembers are eligible for a total living stipend of $4,000.
- AmeriCorps Education Award: Earn a scholarship of $1,289.95 upon successful completion of the term (300 hours of service). This award can be used to pay tuition or pay back qualifying student loans. Individuals have 7 years to use the award.
- Trainings: Tool training and hands-on technical training related to all projects.
- Education: Lessons focused on environmental stewardship, leadership, civic engagement and college/career prep that will prepare you for life after MHYC.
- Student Loan Forbearance: Corpsmembers can apply to put their qualified federal student loans on hold during their term through the National Service Trust.
- Health Insurance: May be eligible for health insurance the 1st of the month after serving at MHYC for sixty days. Member will have a monthly share of the health insurance premium.
- Must be between the ages of 18-24 and able to legally serve in the United States, which will be verified via the federal E-Verify program.
- High school or GED graduate or still enrolled.
- Must be eligible for enrollment in AmeriCorps as a US Citizen, National or Lawful Permanent Resident. Documentation will be required on the first day. Must bring identification documents necessary to complete the I-9 and other forms on your first day.
- Must be physically fit, able to lift 50 lbs., spend 8-10 hours a day in all weather conditions (e.g., sun, heat, wind, rain, etc.) and hike 7 miles with a day-pack.
- Able to be on time and maintain consistent attendance throughout term of service. Must commit to complete the program.
- Pre-service National Service Criminal History Check required. May be subject to FBI Background Check, which includes fingerprinting. This position does not have recurring access to vulnerable populations.
- Pre-service drug screen required. Drug testing may be required during term.
- Member must not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the AmeriCorps Member Service Agreement and appropriately represent Mile High Youth Corps both in behavior and dress code.
- Fully comply with agency policies and procedures.
- This position reports to Program Coordinator: Land Conservation
Contact Information :
Questions? Please email [email protected] or call 719-630-7421.