Integrated Resource Crews
Texas Conservation Corps (TxCC), a program of American YouthWorks, partnering with the US Forest Service Southern Region, has positions available offering extensive training and certifications in wildland firefighting and natural resource management. Crews will spend their season completing a variety of fire response activities, prescribed burns, conservation projects, and cyclical maintenance objectives on US Forest Service National Forests and Grasslands of Texas sites. Both Crew Leader and Crew Member positions are available.
Crew Leaders are selected based on previous leadership and relevant experience and have the added responsibility of guiding crews through their day to day field activities.
TxCC is looking for participants with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn and work within a diverse crew!
Crew Leader term: January 4, 2022 – May 20, 2022
Crew Member term: January 18, 2022 – May 20, 2022
Project Locations: Sam Houston National Forest and Angelina-Sabine National Forests. The IRC positions are based in New Waverly/Huntsville region and the Zavalla/Lufkin region. Members selected for this crew must secure housing in this region.
• Prepare and implement prescribed fires
• Construct and maintain trails on US Forest Service lands
• Remove invasive and exotic plant species from parks and public lands, including chainsaw removal of trees
• Serve on a crew of 3-5 other AmeriCorps members to complete projects on public lands
• Maintain vehicles, tools, and equipment including chainsaws, power tools, and hand tools
• Wear required TxCC uniform displaying the AmeriCorps logo daily
• Lead and facilitate service projects
• Provide guidance to crew members including reflection, conflict resolution, and technical training
• Communicate with partners, contractors, program staff, site supervisors, volunteers, and other members to ensure the execution of a quality program and quality projects
• Serve as the program trained driver
• $1,550 monthly stipend for Crew Members | $1,700 monthly stipend for Crew Leaders
• $1,374.60-$6,495 | Segal AmeriCorps Education Award: money for qualified student loans, higher education and training programs. Learn more about AmeriCorps and this award.
• Free health insurance
• Non-private student loan deferment
• First Aid & CPR certification
• S212 Wildland Fire Chainsaw Training
• S130 Firefighter Training / S190 Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior (allows participants to work in Wildland Fire Jobs after service)
• Arduous Pack Test and Red Card FFT2 certification
• Technical, professional, & soft skills training
• Housing search assistance
• Opportunity to network with partnering agencies: Including US Forest Service, Texas Forest Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and National Park Service
• High School diploma or GED
• Between the ages of 18-28 and up to 35 for veterans
• US Citizenship or Lawful Permanent US Resident
• Ability to pass a National Service Criminal History Check (prohibiting Sex and Violent Crime offenders)
• Ability to pass the Arduous Work Capacity test (walk 3 miles in 45 minutes carrying 45 lbs)
• Ability to hike 3-10 mi/day in rugged terrain while carrying tools
• Ability to work outdoors in all weather types while doing hard, often repetitive, labor with hand & power tools
• Ability and interest to work with a diverse group of people
• Commitment to complete the entire term of service