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TXCC & LACC

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have three offices and a satellite site, each hosting different crew types:

Austin, TX office
Conservation & Disaster Crews, Trails Across Texas Crew, Austin Texas Land Stewards (ATLAS - local projects only)

The Austin Civilian Conservation Corps program also operates out of the Austin office but is not a Texas Conservation Corps AmeriCorps program

San Antonio, TX satellite site
San Antonio Conservation Crew and various Individual Placement positions

Houston, TX office
Conservation & Disaster Crews, GulfCorps Crew (coastal restoration focus), Houston Environmental Action Team (local projects only)

Baton Rouge, LA office
Louisiana Conservation Corps program Conservation & Disaster Crews and GulfCorps Crew (coastal restoration focus)

Yes! Our Individual Placement positions are based at various public lands partner sites around Texas, Louisiana, and the surrounding region. In addition, our Integrated Resources Crews are based in Sam Houston National Forest and Angelina-Sabine National Forests. Both of these opportunities report to staff in our Austin office.

Housing is not provided. Members may be camping for long periods of time while on hitch, but our members are expected to find housing near their office site. Resources for housing connections and affordable options are available.

Benefits & Housing

Conservation Corps crew projects vary from invasive species management to disaster mitigation, and not every crew will serve on a project of every type during their season. The vast majority of projects are hands-on and require hard, often repetitive labor with hand & power tools. Projects may include:

Park & Trail Construction
Trail Building: Natural Surface, ADA Accessibility, Etc.
Maintenance & Repair
Masonry, Stairs & Retaining Walls
Bridges & Armored Crossings
Benches & Kiosks
Trail Design, Layout & Consultation

Vegetation Management
Invasive Species Removal
Licensed Herbicide Application
Plantings & Maintenance
Seed Collection
Greenhouse Work
Plant Surveys & Studies

Disaster Services
Disaster Response
Volunteer & Donations Management
Debris and Brush Removal
GPS Inventory
Fire Fuel Mitigation

Forest & Range Management
Brush Management & Fuel Breaks
Prescribed Burning & Prep
GIS Data Gathering, Input & Analysis
Tree Care, Planting, & Nursery Work
Fence Installation and Repair
Endangered Species & Habitat Restoration

Watershed Management
Erosion Control & Bank Restoration
Check Dams & Swales
Aquifer Recharge-Feature Restoration
Wet Pond Maintenance
Water Quality Monitoring
Creek Clean-Ups

Community Education
School & Community Gardens
Trail Building Workshops
Watershed Model Demonstrations
Volunteer Management

• Public Land Corps Hiring Authority - Members that serve on projects funded by Public Land Corps funding and serve 640 hours should complete paperwork to determine eligibility for a certificate verifying Public Land Corps Hiring Authority Status, a 2 year non-competitive status to be used when applying for federal positions. We can not guarantee that members will serve on qualifying projects.

• Networking opportunities for post-service careers and intentional connection opportunities with partners such as the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Austin Parks & Recreation Department, and more.

Segal AmeriCorps Education Award that can be used for educational expenses and to repay qualified student loans, only available after completing the term of service.

• Public assistance such as SNAP benefits, local bus passes, grocery store gift cards, and other support benefits as available.

• Opportunities to build community and lifelong friendships with fellow corps members!

 

Benefits & Housing

Conservation Corps & AmeriCorps

Crew Leader applicants must have at least 5 months of trail, habitat restoration, invasive species management, or similar experience.

Crew Member applicants are not required to have previous experience!

Conservation Corps crews typically consist of 6-10 AmeriCorps members: two Crew Leaders and four to eight Crew Members. COVID-19 adaptations have included reduced crew sizes to accommodate social distancing standards.

3 months (300 hour term) *youth crews only
5-6 months (675 or 900 hour term)
9 months (1200 hour term)
11 months (1700 hour term)

This experience would not be considered volunteering but committing to a term of national service through AmeriCorps. For additional information, see the AmeriCorps section.

Though some AmeriCorps programs (NCCC, FEMAcorps, VISTA) provide relocation and settle-in allowance, we are unable to provide this benefit as an AmeriCorps State & National program. We do provide resources to help our incoming members find affordable housing options near our offices.

Certifications are not guaranteed during a term of service, but these are some that we frequently offer:

• S-212- Wildland Chainsaw Certification (typically only for Crew Leaders)

• The American Red Cross Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Certification

• The American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certification (typically only for Crew Leaders)

Only required for our Disaster Response Teams (DRT)
    • ICS 100 – Introduction to Incident Command System
    • ICS 200 – ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
    • NIMS 700 – National Incident Management System (NIMS) : An Introduction
    • IS-800 – National Response Framework, An Introduction

AYW Conservation Corps will provide all members with work shirts and PPE (hard hat, protective glasses, gloves, and ear protection), but it will be up to the member to have full leather boots and canvas or denim work pants. See our Gear List for more information.

We provide all equipment for project work, kitchen cooking gear, and food while on hitch. We also have tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads that can be loaned for your term if you cannot acquire your own.