Wild Stew Field Crew members work on tamarisk eradication in Arnett Creek

Notice of Employment Opportunity: Wild Stew Field Crew Member

Wild Arizona is hiring for multiple positions as part of our Wild Stew Field Crew for trail maintenance, trail condition assessments and riparian restoration projects to include survey work, invasive plant management, and revegetation projects across Arizona. This position would begin September 15, 2021 and would focus initially on a backcountry trail restoration project in the Chiricahua Wilderness. Additional project locations may include Mount Wrightson and Miller Peak Wilderness areas on the Coronado National Forest, areas of the Tonto National Forest, and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

The selected individuals will be hired by Wild Arizona as temporary full-time employees, and must supply their own work clothes, backpacks, hiking boots and camping/backpacking gear. All specialty equipment such as tools, personal protective equipment, group gear, etc. will be provided by Wild Arizona through the length of the project. Crew members will be responsible for the care and return of any equipment provided by Wild Arizona.

The work schedule will be eight 10-hour days (Wednesday through Wednesday) followed by 6 days off.

Project Locations

  • Coronado National Forest
  • Tonto National Forest
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Project Start Date

  • September 15, 2021

Project End Date

  • April 30, 2022 — Employment may be extended, based on available funding.

Compensation

  • Positions range from $14 to $16 per hour DOE, limited food allowance and mileage reimbursements are available.

Program Overview

Wild Arizona’s mission is to protect, link, and restore wild lands and waters across Arizona and beyond, for the enrichment and health of all citizens, and to ensure Arizona’s native plants and animals a lasting home in wild nature. We organize and amplify multi-community voices of support for legislation and special designations; advocate for conservation science-based environmental policy and planning; and cultivate stewardship, social/environmental awareness, and well-being through outdoor volunteerism, science, and education.

We seek employees who demonstrate high standards in work quality, diligence, reliability, compassion, excellent judgement, and a desire to care for the environment.

Project Description:

Projects will take place in remote locations across the state involving a wide variety of basic trail maintenance to re-construction; extensive tread work to include re-benching and rockwork; removal of down trees with the use of crosscut saws; removal and control of invasive plants with the use of chainsaws and application of herbicides; trail condition assessments using Arc collector and other mapping software.

Essential Accountabilities and Functions:

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • Required to walk on uneven, slippery terrain, kneel for extended periods of time
  • Required to use hands to operate tools such as chainsaws, hand saws, pruners, picks and shovels
  • Lift and carry 50 plus pounds of gear and equipment over rugged terrain up to 6-10 miles daily.
  • Must be able to speak, read, and write English
  • Physically fit and able to work long days in adverse weather conditions
  • High school diploma or GED certificate
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • Sense of humor and desire to make a positive impact for the environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in Conservation Corps, Youth Corps, Student Conservation Corps, Wildland Firefighting, trail crew, or similar work experience
  • Familiar with basic conservation skills, including tool maintenance
  • USFS Crosscut Sawyer Certification (Current)
  • USFS Chainsaw Certification (Current)
  • Federal driver’s license and current defensive driving certification (Current)
  • Backcountry medical certification (First Aid/CPR, Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder) (Current)
  • State of AZ Pesticide Handlers Certification (Current)

Employment at Wild Arizona is exclusively based upon qualifications and competency. We are seeking candidates who have a commitment to engage with us to create a just and inclusive work environment and world.

Wild Arizona provides all people with equal employment and volunteer opportunities and does not discriminate against anyone in treatment, hiring, training, assignment, compensation, promotional opportunities, employee benefits, recall from layoff, discharge and discipline, or any other term and condition of employment on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, parental status, veteran status, union activity, political affiliation, physical or mental disability unrelated to an individual’s ability to perform the job with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other basis prohibited by law. We encourage all people with the essential skills/qualifications and commitment, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, to apply.

Please submit your cover letter, resume and two references to brian@wildarizona.org.

Applications must be submitted or postmarked by August 31, 2021.

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