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2022 Inter-Mountain Roving Trail Corps Team Member

2022 Intern-Mountain Roving Trail Corps Team 2

Conservation Begins Here

Expected Dates
June 26, 2022 to October 15, 2022

Student Conservation Association

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The SCA Roving Trail Corps is an intensive conservation program where members will gain experience serving on conservation projects throughout the American West. If you are in the mood to get down and dirty, live lightly on the land, and get some hard work in this season, this is the crew for you.  

Field-life is rugged, and while on work hitches, members should expect to live without electricity, running water, and cell phone reception. Additionally, while on hitch, this crew is alcohol and substance free. 

Project Background
Crews are based out of remote tent camps in close proximity to project sites. Work hitches will be typically 10 days in length, but could vary depending on location and project needs. Crews are assigned to a variety of conservation projects throughout the state. Work projects during the season may include, but are not limited to: fence/barrier construction, trail work/assessment, fuels reduction/mitigation, GPS data collection, invasive species management, and resource (i.e. water, wildlife, Wilderness) monitoring.

Project Locations could include:
- Fish Lake National Forest, Utah
- Manti-LaSal National Forest, Utah

Hitch 1: 4 Weeks in Fishlake National Forest
The third hitch of the Inter-Mountain Roving Trail Corps Team’s season will take place in the Fishlake National Forest. The crew will work in managing outdoor recreation on the Fremont River Ranger District. The Fishlake National Forest is home to Fish Lake, the largest natural mountain lake in Utah. The forest features majestic stands of aspen encircling open mountain meadows that are lush with a diverse community of fobs and grasses. The crew can expect to help improve public recreation opportunities by installing fencing and repairing trails in the scenic Fish Lake Basin. The Fish Lake Basin is a popular recreation destination for campers, hikers, and anglers alike, and is home to the world-famous Pando Aspen Clone, one of the world’s largest living organisms.

Duties Include:
-Install fencing materials at the Frying Pan Campground (75%)
-Maintain non-motorized trails in the Fish Lake Basin (25%)  

Hitch 2: 6 Weeks in Manti-La Sal National Forest
The fourth hitch of the Inter-Mountain Roving Trail Corps Team’s season will take place in the Manti-La Sal National Forest. The crew will begin by working in a popular bouldering area, Joe’s Valley, helping to maintain the trail system between climbing areas. The crew will then work in Maple Canyon, another heavily visited area for climbing in Utah, helping to maintain and restore trails as well. 

Crew Living Accommodations 
For the duration of the season, crews should expect to be camping in front country and backcountry scenarios for the entirety of the crew. Members should plan to be mobile and expect to be traveling long distances in remote locations to get to their project sites. Members are expected to work together to ensure that all SCA equipment, vehicles, trailer, and tools are properly maintained and ready for use in the field. Personal vehicles are not recommended for this project. Crew members will have access to an SCA vehicle for transportation to and from work projects.  

Member Responsibilities
  • Ensure project, crew community, basecamp, vehicles, and general safety standards are upheld; full engagement is expected in all work projects and community activities. 
  • Interfacing with general public and partner organizations in a manner that reflects positively upon the crew, organization, and agency. 
  • Take on role of Hitch Leader for at least one hitch, serving as a professional liaison with SCA Project Leaders, handling the logistics of a project, meal planning, delegating responsibilities, developing emergency response plans, and completing all necessary paperwork. 
  • Recording work totals and creating reports for submission to agency partners; this will include GPS field data collection and post-processing. 

Member Qualifications
  • Commitment to living and working within an intensive crew environment; interpersonal skills and community living experience are pluses. 
  • Commitment to service in working conditions that will include: extreme heat, extreme cold, high winds, and precipitation. 
  • Ability to enroll in AmeriCorps Education Award Program. 
  • Ability to pass SCA background check. 
  • Valid driver’s license; ability to pass Motor Vehicle Records check preferred 
Member Benefits:
- $650 - one time round trip travel allowance
- $300 - weekly living allowance
- AmeriCorps eligible (900- hour award, $3,172.50 education award)
- Professional Development Opportunities: Wilderness First Aid, Crosscut Saw Certification

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes
**This position is part of a specialized SCA AmeriCorps program and if you are selected, you will be serving as an SCA AmeriCorps member. To be eligible for this position you must have served as an AmeriCorps member less than 4 times**
For more information on what past crews have done and what being on a Corps team is like, check out some of these final reports from similar crews. 

*** The COVID-19 pandemic has required SCA to implement several safety protocols and policies to help our teams manage the risks associated with the pandemic. Please review the documents below for SCA’s updated organizational response plan and participant agreement form to learn more how our teams will be operating in the field. 

****Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated. Full vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.

Training Provided
Corps Member Orientation
SCA Conservation Skills
Wilderness First Aid

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