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Veterans Fire Corps

The VFC engages recent era Veterans on priority hazardous fuels projects while providing training and on-the-job experience in wildland firefighting

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Since 2011, the Veterans Fire Corps program has engaged over 1,000 veterans

The Southeast Conservation Corps' Veterans Fire Corps program provides the opportunity for post-9/11 era Veterans to work and live alongside other vets, while receiving training and on-the-job experience in wildland firefighting and natural resource management. This program prioritizes Veterans who are looking for a way to transition from military to civilian service, building upon the knowledge and leadership skills gained while serving in the armed forces. Veterans are able to regain the sense of purpose and pride felt in the military, while refocusing their mission to protecting our communities and public lands from the threat of wildfire.

Interested? Check out our current openings and apply now!

BENEFITS:

  • Bi-weekly living stipend
  • Americorps education award upon program completion
  • S-212 Chainsaw Certification
  • Fire Camp Training & Certifications: S-130 & S-190
  • Wilderness First Aid & CPR Certification
  • Food, group gear, and equipment provided during all project work
  • Federal resume writing and USA jobs application consultation

SCHEDULE:

VFC Crews typically camp out for 8 or 9-day "hitches" with 6 or 5 days off between. During hitch, crews camp in tents at or near their project site. Crews operate for anywhere from 3 to 6 months. Housing is not provided on days off - please reach out to hear about different housing options.

APPLICANT QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Between the ages of 21-35
  • Have military veteran status
  • Be able to provide a DD-214

PROJECTS:

The program engages participants in a cohort environment in which a 6-8 members work together to train and complete natural resource management projects, specifically related to fuels reduction and fire fuels management. Participants will likely also gain experience in trail work, invasive species removal, GIS, and other appropriate conservation stewardship work.

VFC 2023 applications to open now!

Head over to our Open Positions page to submit your application!

Note: Applicants are selected on a rolling basis. Submitting applications prior to the deadline is advantageous to those eager for this opportunity.

Questions? Contact our Enrollment Specialist, Jalen Holloway

jholloway@conservationlegacy.org

Leadership

Think you have what it takes to lead a VFC crew? Do you have extensive chainsaw experience, leadership skills, project management skills and the ability to teach and mentor others? S-212 Forest Service B-Feller Certification or higher? One or more seasons of saw crew work and multiple seasons leading crews? Check out our Open Positions page for leadership opportunities!

Questions? Contact our Enrollment Specialist, Jalen Holloway at

jholloway@conservationlegacy.org or at (423) 322-4976 during business hours.

VFC Crew member poses with blowtorch with fire in the background