Wildland Restoration Team Member
Reports to: Regional Program Manager
Classification: AmeriCorps Participant
The Wildland Restoration Team (WRT) Member gains valuable professional and practical experience in the burgeoning field of ecological restoration. This is not a 9-5 job, rather an experience where long hours and extended time away from your home base are to be expected. Serving as a WRT Leader at MCC means having passion for service to others, for wild lands and wild places, for personal growth, or for any number of MCC’s values. Leaders and their crews will camp for most of their term, oftentimes in remote locations in varied terrain and in all weather conditions. The primary focus of the WRT is the identification, treatment and inventory of invasive plant species throughout our most iconic and endangered landscapes in the Northern Rockies and Plains ecosystems utilizing chemical, mechanical and biological treatment techniques. Other potential projects include chainsaw use, stream restoration, re-vegetation and Early Detection and Rapid Response of new invaders. Not all WRTLs will work on all types of projects. This position is supervised by the Wildland Restoration Field Coordinator with support from other regional staff.
- Ensure safety is the top priority during all MCC activities and projects; promote a ‘culture of safety’
- Accomplish project goals to the standards and satisfaction of MCC, Crew Leaders, and project partners/technical advisors
- Follow all MCC policies and procedures
- Create a healthy and supportive crew environment
- Perform designated crew roles.
- Participate in all elements of the MCC Member Development program, education, and crew activities to the best of their ability
- Promote a positive public image for MCC by wearing the MCC uniform and acting in a professional and respectful manner at all times
- Attend, assist, or lead MCC service days and other MCC events, help organize and implement service projects when possible
- Work alongside youth and adult volunteers on projects and provide leadership when possible
- Exhibit a strong work ethic and positive service ethic throughout the term of service
- Attend at least one public meeting and volunteer with a local non-profit
- Complete and submit required reports and paperwork on time
- Provide information for evaluation of Crew Leaders, including positive feedback and areas of improvement
- High school degree, GED, or willingness to work towards obtaining a GED
- Ages 17-30, up to 35 for military veterans
- US Citizen, National, or Legal Permanent Resident
- Ability to hike 3-12 miles per day in terrain that can be steep, rocky or uneven, often wearing a 45lb backpack while carrying tools and sometimes backpacking with full packs of 60-70lbs
- Ability to lift up to 35 pounds repeatedly and use hand and power tools
- Ability to pass a National Service Criminal History Check
- Available for duration of entire term of service; commitment to completing term
- Strong service ethic and desire to serve the community and the environment
- Willing to work long, hard hours in all weather conditions
- Ability to be away on overnight trips for up to 10 days at a time
MCC is committed to being diverse, welcoming, and inclusive. We are working to reduce barriers to participating in our programs. This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, genetic information, and military service. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.
While this position description describes the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position, it is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. All Montana Conservation Corps positions may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities.