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AZCC VFC Crew Leader Tucson- Fall 2024

Conservation Legacy

Conservation Legacy

Tucson, AZ, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Start Date: August 19th, 2024

End Date: December 2024 (actual end date TBD)

Stipend: $1050 per week

Location: Tucson, AZ


· S-212 Chainsaw Certification

· Certifications: S-130 & S-190

· Firefighter Training and Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior.

· IS100b, Intro to Incident Command System.

· IS700, National Incident Management System (NIMS);

· AmeriCorps Education Award

· Paid training

· Food budget while on camping hitch

· Employee Assistance Program

Program Summary

Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC):

Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC) seeks qualified candidates for Veteran Fire Corps (VFC) Crew Leader (CL) positions based out of Tucson, AZ for the 2024 Fall season. AZCC offers opportunities for individuals to work in a crew environment on national lands throughout the southwestern United States and elsewhere. Successful assistant crew leaders are self-motivated, energetic, and tenacious – they understand the value of hard work in the outdoors and are driven to excellence in conservation. Veteran status is preferred for this position. The VFC aims to retrain recent era military veterans for careers in conservation, fuels management, and wildland firefighting. VFC programs accomplish this goal by immersing participants in a conservation crew experience.


Most AmeriCorps terms will begin with an orientation: crewmembers who attend the full orientation will receive training on First Aid (typically Wilderness First Aid), Leave No Trace, outdoor living, crew culture and diversity, leadership development, and goal setting. There is also potential need to pass a USFS Arduous Pack Test depending on proximity to fire related project work. Informal hands-on training will continue throughout the term with on- the- ground skills training. Depending on the project needs, crews may receive specialized training in herbicide handling, crosscut saw, chainsaw, dry stone masonry or rigging. Additionally, CLs and Assistant Crew Leaders (ACLs) will participate in an intensive leadership training to include things like conflict resolution, project partner interactions, leadership theory and more.


Generally, crews work an 8-day, 10-hours/day ‘hitch’ schedule, while camping in front and backcountry settings. Typically, members will have 6 days off in the town of the home base office. Drive time to and from the work site from the home base office is typically included in the hitch schedule. Applicants should expect the project schedule and type of work to vary. Workdays will start with a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) safety meeting followed by a 15-minute warm-up exercise and a 15-minute stretch. Days will include two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute lunch.

What We Provide:

· Tools and Personal Protective Equipment

· Transportation from office to projects

· Budget for meals is provided while in the field

· Field uniform shirts & First aid kits

You Provide:

· Transportation from home to the office

· Personal camping gear, such as a tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad

· Work pants and leather boots (6 inch upper, Vibram soles)

· Day pack and multiday pack

· Rain gear

AZCC is an independent, non-residential program. All members and staff are responsible for finding housing while not on project.