Women’s Fire Crew

The Women's Fire Crew is a program designed to provide job skills to women interested in exploring a potential career in wildland fire (no experience necessary). This program will work with the Bureau of Land Management to gradually introduce all aspects of Wildland Firefighting.

You will earn your S212 (Wildland Fire Chainsaws), S130 (Firefighter Training), S190 (Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior), and your red card after passing a pack test and physical. Basic First Aid and CPR training will also be provided. This experience will give you on the job training for a career in wildland firefighting and an opportunity to be a part of a groundbreaking group of diverse women.

Each crew will consist of 5 members and 1 leader. Crews will work and camp for up to 14 days at a time in frontcountry and backcountry locations in all types of weather conditions. Among other various projects, project work will include habitat restoration and fuels reduction. If conditions permit the crew will have the opportunity to go on one fire roll and complete prescribed burn work in the fall.

Position Offerings

2020 Positions are Closed

Location: Start in Bozeman, MT; The projects will take place in Wyoming
Program Dates: May 14 through October 30, 2020
Living Allowance: $600 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $2,321.90 upon completion of the program

This position will be based out of MCC’s Bozeman office but may spend extended periods of time in Wyoming.  Primary duties of the Crew Member (CM) include working as part of a crew, under the supervision of the Crew Leader(s), to complete natural resource and habitat restoration projects in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management. This is not a 9-5 job, rather an experience where long hours and extended time away from your home base are to be expected. Serving as a CM at MCC means having passion for service to others, for wild lands and wild places, for personal growth, or for any number of MCC’s values.   Crews will camp for most of their term, oftentimes in remote locations in varied terrain and in all weather conditions.  Primary work will include habitat restoration and fuels mitigation with the potential for fire response and prescribed burning – with a heavy emphasis in chainsaw use. CM will be expected to participate in all elements of the MCC program to the best of their ability, performing designated crew role functions and maintaining a positive attitude throughout the program. The CM will utilize the support of their Crew Leader(s) and Regional staff to complete their term of service successfully. The CM will establish and maintain a good working relationship with Crew Leaders, Regional staff, fellow crew members and project partners. The CM is an AmeriCorps member and is entitled to the benefit package offered all AmeriCorps members.

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