BNRC – Trail Crew Member

at Student Conservation Association
Location Arlington, Virginia
Date Posted January 24, 2023
Category Construction
Job Type Permanent


BNRC - Trail Crew Member Expected Dates March 27, 2023 to October 20, 2023 Site Berkshire Natural Resources Council Position ID PO- This position is a part ofSCA Massachusetts Conservation Corps, a 30-week AmeriCorps program focused on leadership development, completing critical conservation service projects, and building a sense of community. If you've ever wanted to learn the hard and soft skills of being a conservation leader, come join this community of like-minded, service oriented individuals and help us tackle some of Massachusetts most pressing conservation issues. The SCA Massachusetts Conservation Corps is a partnership between SCA, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), AmeriCorps, and The Massachusetts Service Alliance. Two Conservation Land Stewards will work with Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC) staff to care for conservation land through construction of new hiking trails and the reconstruction/maintenance of existing trails on BNRC properties. AmeriCorps Eligibility Requirements: + US Citizen, National, Lawful Permanent Resident, and persons legally residing in a state + Must be able to pass a national service criminal history check + Must be 18 years or older Program Description The Massachusetts Conservation Corps is a 7-month residential program that runs March 27th through October 20, 2023. This position will serve with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, serving directly in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Members will spend the first weeks of the program training with other AmeriCorps members at the Massachusetts Conservation Corps headquarters, and then move to their host site housing in the Berkshires, a rustic lakeside cabin in Pittsfield. Members will have the opportunity to hike to work every day, spend their time outdoors in some of the most beautiful areas of the Berkshires, and engage in high quality trail building projects across BNRC's 60 mile trail system. This position is hands-on and projects can be physically demanding. Before applying, applicants are encouraged to reflect on the concept of Service. This is an AmeriCorps position - not a typical job - and requires a commitment to serving in public lands. Members of the Massachusetts Conservation Corps should expect to meet regularly with partners, reflect on their service, and serve with intention. This land, and all of the present-day Berkshires, are the ancestral homeland of the Mohican people, who were forcefully displaced to Wisconsin by European colonization. These lands continue to be of great significance to the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation today. To learn more visit Breakdown of Service is as follows: Trail Maintenance (85%) + Working on BNRC trail construction and improvement projects. Maintain hiking trails and paths, and construct trail features such as retaining walls, steps, bog bridging, treadway, and other trail structures. Hike existing trails to clear blowdowns, assess trail maintenance needs and make repairs, and other property stewardship related tasks. Complete several new trail construction projects over the course of the season. Trailhead Access/Improvement (5%) + Work with BNRC staff to construct kiosks, signs, & fencing. Additionally, mend existing fencing and mow trailhead access areas. Volunteers (5%) + Assist BNRC staff with coordinating and working with volunteers on scheduled workday BNRC Staff Events/ Trainings (5%) + Participate in staff-wide events and trainings such as trail specific technical skills, DEI trainings and workshops Covid-19 Member health and safety are a priority for this program. As long as Covid-19 is a threat, members are expected to do their part to keep their team safe, this includes being mindful of current regulations, regular cleaning and disinfection of tools and equipment, and regular health check ins with staff. Once a position offer has been accepted, members are required to demonstrate full vaccination status for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine; OR Receive from SCA a reasonable accommodation granting an exemption from vaccine requirements based on a medical disability or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Additional information and instructions regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation will be provided at the time of selection. Member Benefits + $500 bi-weekly living allowance, before taxes + Housing and Utilities for duration of program + AmeriCorps Education Award: $4,826.50 upon successful completion of program + SNAP eligibility up to $250 per month plus various discounts available to EBT card holders + Child Care assistance available + Professional Certifications including Wilderness First Responder, Adult & Child CPR + Conservation training in carpentry, rock work, trailside structure restoration, and more! + Chainsaw Game of Logging Levels 1 & 2 Certification -OR- SCA Rigging Certification + The opportunity to serve in the unique beauty that is the Berkshires + Networking opportunities with conservation professionals Essential Functions and Position Requirements: + Interest and investment in leadership development and teamwork + Interest in conservation skills that increase access to public spaces + Willing to complete some project paperwork including project reports, output logs, and tool inventory + Must be willing to learn how to use hand tools and power tools to complete projects + Ability to lift 50 lbs. & walk/hike 2 miles on rugged terrain + Must be able to serve in diverse situations and various outdoor environments + All participants must commit to following all program and state mandated Covid-19 safety guidelines. This may include, but is not limited to, wearing a mask for all service and group activities, taking extra time to sanitize tools and equipment, and notifying supervisors when a member is not feeling well. + Commitment to living and working within an intensive crew environment; + Commitment to service in working conditions that will include: extreme heat, extreme cold, high winds, and precipitation. Marginal Functions and optional service activities: + Virtual service as make-up hours (i.e. creating land acknowledgements or project site research) + Trail clean up and volunteer days outside of normal service Recommended Qualifications + Experience in hiking/ camping/ construction is welcomed. Problem solving, situational awareness, and a general grip on the laws of physics are helpful skills in a trail construction environment where every situation presents unique challenges. Potential candidates must be able to fulfill the above requirements in order to be considered for this position. In addition, it is recommended that applicants have a strong interest in service, conservation and community building. Staff and Program Partners will make every effort to create an inclusive and equitable program experience for all corps members. BNRC is anequal opportunity employer. BNRC does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, marital status, genetic information, being a member of the Reserves or National Guard, status as disabled or Vietnam era veteran or status in any group protected against discrimination by federal, state, or local law. We welcome applications from BIPOC, LGBTQ+, women, and veterans. BNRC is actively engaged in ensuring its properties are welcoming to all, and in increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of its work. Upon request, reasonable accommodations will be provided to applicants during the selection process and to members during service. Email Program Manager email protected if you need to make an accommodation request for the application process or interviews. SCA strives to cultivate a work environment that encourages fairness, teamwork, and respect among all staff members. The organization and this program are firmly committed to maintaining a service atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally. SCA Please reach out toDavid at email protected if you have any questions about the position or application process! Application Instructions: 1. Click the link on this page or use application Code: PO- 2. Set up your Basic information 3. Complete the "Corps/Internship" section. 4. Complete the "Final" section and submit. 5. When filling out the essay questions and experience sections, be sure to include your interest and experience in conservation, natural resources, community building, and related fields. 6. Complete reference requests for at least one professional reference. Final program model will be determined by available funding. + Location Description BNRC is based in Pittsfield, MA. The daily rally point for field crews is in Pittsfield but service locations include all of our trails and trailheads throughout the county. + Training Provided Trail crew members will take part in weekly safety meetings and will have access to specialized training for specific pieces of equipment and construction practices. + Educational/Recreational Opportunities Members will have access to BNRC staff trainings and public events, which are often educational in nature. Staff trainings will primarily focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. The housing site is on a lake, with access to a dock and canoe. + Professional Development Opportunities The member will have exposure to various types of trail construction methods, as well as working alongside professional crews and other conservation and stewardship organizations. BNRC often hires and promotes employees from within . click apply for full job details

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