Title: Assistant Land Manager
Reports to: Patrick Kelly; Land Manager
Location: Lookout Mountain, TN/GA
Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt (450-hour AmeriCorps National Service Term)
Stipend: $300 weekly (paid bi-weekly)
Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible
Other Benefits: Training, uniform shirts, and protective equipment provided. Other development opportunities as available. $1,678.57 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of service term.
Position Dates: 12-week position, dates flexible
Positions Available: 1
Position open until filled.
Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC):
SECC empowers young people to attain compassion, responsibility and grit through community service, hard work and environmental stewardship. SECC is a local, non-profit, AmeriCorps affiliated organization based out of Chattanooga, TN. SECC selects young adults ages 18 - 35, to complete conservation work projects on public, private, and municipal lands throughout the Southeast. SECC fosters the personal development of corpsmembers through environmental stewardship projects and experiential learning. Through community partnerships, SECC provides hands-on job training opportunities to young adults while simultaneously meeting natural resource needs throughout the Southeast. SECC positions focus on place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility, and career development. SECC also provides an opportunity for interns to learn about the local environment, environmental issues and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers.
The Assistant Land Manager Intern will be responsible for assisting the land manager with the maintenance and management of approximately 4000 acres that comprise the Lula Lake Land Trust's private lands. The trust lands are natural environments, primarily forested and mountainous with an emphasis on promoting public recreation. The assistant land manager will be responsible for assisting the land manager with maintaining the Trust property while working with local landowners and partners in trail development efforts, coordinating education and research activities on land trust property.
- Regular patrol of Trust properties to discourage trespassers and encroachment.
- Management of the property in accordance with the land management plans.
- Maintain points of access and boundaries on Trust properties.
- Perform routine property maintenance including bush hogging, mowing, weed whacking, road maintenance, culvert and ditch work, trail design and layout, mechanized trail construction, trail infrastructure construction (bridges, signage), removal of deadfall and down trees, maintenance of management areas and areas of concern, trash pickup, exotic species control/elimination, sign placement, boundary marking, equipment maintenance and erosion control.
- Assist with interpretive programs for educational groups, field trips, research projects, and special events in association with the Trust
- Manage and supervise Open Gate Days the first and last Saturday (occasional Sundays) of each month
- Assist with planning, organizing, and provide leadership during volunteer workdays and special events.
- Must be between the ages of 18 and 30 (exception for Veterans up to age 35)
- Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and provide documentation to support this
- Must have a high school diploma or GED, or agree to work toward attaining either during term of service (this is essential to obtaining and using the AmeriCorps Education Award)
- Must be cleared through an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry, as well as state and federal Criminal History Checks
- Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (individuals are eligible if they have not already completed 2 full years of AmeriCorps service, or 4 AmeriCorps service terms, whichever comes first – please contact us if you are unsure of your eligibility).
- Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the first day of employment and able to provide proof of vaccination before starting.
- Chainsaw certified
- Trail construction experience
- Carpentry experience
AmeriCorps members will receive and AmeriCorps living stipend of $300/week ($600 dispersed bi-weekly before taxes) via direct deposit. Upon successful completion of their term, interns will receive a $1,678.57 Segal AmeriCorps education award for tuition at Title IV accredited learning institutions, AmeriCorps approved non-traditional continued education or paying off student loans.
Participation and Expedition Behavior:
- Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem-solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences.
- Contribute to a safe learning environment, no harassment of others for any reason.
- Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training, and national service. Members must commit to participating in all crew/team activities, including service days in local communities where applicable.
- Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues, and organization staff.
- Have the cognitive ability to learn necessary skills and apply them to effectively carry out the service work requirements.
- Appropriately always represent the Program and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners.
Safety and Judgment:
- Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance. You must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds.
- Effectively perceive, understand, and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques to manage hazards. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be given during exposure to the hazard.
- Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions
- Perceive and comprehend significant and apparent hazards, including those hazards previously identified by others.
- Respond appropriately to stress or crises.
- If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.
Learn and practice ‘Leave no Trace’ techniques.
Outdoor Skills and Fitness (where appropriate):
- Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project. Additionally, remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed so as to remain generally healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries.
- Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks. Conditions of this environment may vary significantly and may include severe and/or trying weather. The remoteness is such that it may require at a minimum one hour, but perhaps up to 12 hours, to reach the nearest advanced medical care.
In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property.
This program is available to all eligible applicants, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or religion.
Please follow the link below and be sure to include a current resume as well as three references.
If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Lula Lake Land Trust
If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact:
Southeast Conservation Corps