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. WFA 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

Location: Bozeman, MT
Program Dates: February 3 through November 4, 2020
Living Allowance: $700 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $4,266.50 upon completion of the program

This position will be based out of our Bozeman office but may spend extended periods of time in other states. The Crew Leader (CL) will assist in the successful completion of MCC natural resource and community service projects, on-site management of a crew, monitoring of crew dynamics to ensure a high level of crew motivation and functioning, as well as the delivery of the full range of MCC program components. This is not a 9-5 job, rather a commitment to service and an experience where long hours and extended time away from your home base are to be expected.  Serving as a CL 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.  Leaders and their 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. The CL is the primary in-field liaison between regional staff and the on-site project partner or technical advisor, generally an employee of the land management agency or group working with the crew. The CL will also establish and maintain a good working relationship with other partner personnel, Crew Members, MCC staff and volunteers who come into contact with the crew. The CL prioritizes Crew Member development through program delivery, project work, and adherence to MCC policies and procedures.  The CL is entitled to the benefit package offered to all AmeriCorps participants. 

Crew Leaders understand that commitment, flexibility and self-motivation are integral to maintaining the high expectations placed upon them.  They use their training, experience and commitment to facilitate their crew’s development.  They are creative in their approach to problem solving and motivating others, and are invested in the idea that their personal development and growth as a leader are most fully realized when used in service to their crews, their communities and the environment.

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Location: Start in Bozeman, MT; The projects will take place in Wyoming
Program Dates: May 14 through October 30, 2020
Living Allowance: $580 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $2,321.90 upon completion of the program

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