Monday, April 16, 2012

Utah Conservation Corps needs members for 2012 survey crew

Service Position Summary: The Utah Conservation Corps (UCC) is seeking 4 AmeriCorps crew members to serve as on the 2012 survey crew. Crew members will conduct accessibility surveys of trails, campgrounds and facilities within the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and work closely with the Forest Service to develop transition plans and make changes on the ground. The crew will document such things as picnic table dimensions and trail width/slope according to ABA (Architectural Barriers Act) standards. Crew members will enter survey data into a U.S. Forest Service database for use by the agency and the public.

Service Position Title:  Accessibility Survey Crew Member (full-time 900 hour AmeriCorps position)

·  June 4 – November 2, 2012
·  $6,250 AmeriCorps Living Allowance (paid in $625 semi-monthly installments)
·  $2,675 AmeriCorps Education Award (upon completion of service) 

·  Conduct on-site accessibility surveys of developed campgrounds, facilities, and trails within the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest 
·  Enter accurate survey data into U.S. Forest Service database
·  Provide land managers with professional reports and feedback, enabling them to improve disability access on public lands  
·  Participate in group presentations to land managers and public officials

· Transport equipment and tools to and from project site
· Conduct trail maintenance to make trails more accessible
· Set up tents
· Cook meals

Principal Working Relationships:
  • Work as a team with other crew members with and without disabilities to complete project tasks
  • Work in partnership with agency sponsors
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 
  • High School Graduate (minimum)
  • Computer Skills
  • Camping Experience
  • Communication Skills
Service Conditions:  Accessibility surveys will be conducted outdoors on U.S. Forest Service land and data entry will be performed in an office. 

PHYSICAL & MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:  Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the following requirements.

·  Be 18 years or older
·  Be able to manage all personal care and mobility
·  Work successfully as part of a mixed-ability team
·  Be outdoors for extended periods during the summer months
·  Be able to successfully use a computer
·  Be able to communicate clearly and consistently
·  Be able to record accurate information and pay attention to detail
·  Travel in lift equipped van for up to 6 hours to/from job sites
·  Camp overnight with crew for up to 4 consecutive nights

Equipment Used:  Smart Tool level*, inclinometer* (measures running slope), scale, camera, GPS unit, roll-a-wheel* (measures longer distances), tape measure*

*These tools have been modified so that they are usable by people with a variety of disabilities.

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