Fuels and Fire Crew Member

Company: Montana Conservation Corps

Job Type: Seasonal

Job Description


MCC is hiring Fuels & Fire Crew Members!  We focus on the growth of our members, transferable job skills, and making a positive impact on the climate and environment.  Crew Members and their crews will camp while working on physically demanding conservation projects across the Northern Rockies and Plains. Work will primarily consist of wildland fuels mitigation projects, chainsaw use, and other forest health activities. This crew will allow you to get loads of chainsaw time and expose you to connections in the fire world. Learn more about the variety of project work here! Crews receive basic wildland fire certifications such as Red Card, S130, S190, Nationally recognized saw certifications, and Basic First Aid.  Crew Members also receive training in federal hiring and resume building. This crew has the potential to be deployed on wildland fire incident responses and prescribed burn projects. The majority of the project work will include chainsaw work with the Salmon Challis National Forest in Idaho. If you want to address urgent climate change issues and make a positive impact on the environment, then this is the perfect opportunity for you! 

A term of service with MCC places our participants in an excellent position for future federal hiring and conservation careers!

Location: Helena, MT

Ages: 17-30, up to 35 for military veterans
Term Dates: 5/15/2023-10/25/2023

Living Allowance: $920.00 biweekly before taxes
AmeriCorps Education Award: $3,247.50 upon completion of term

Health Insurance: Provided at NO COST

Member Assistance Program: Free 24/7 access to confidential behavioral health counseling, financial assistance, medical/legal advocacy, and more!

Food Per Diem while on Projects

Access to Pro Deals!

Housing options may be available in specific regions; talk with a Program Manager to learn more!! 


  • High school degree, GED, or willingness to work towards obtaining a GED.

  • Ages 17-30, up to 35 for military veterans.

  • US Citizen, National, or Legal Permanent Resident.

  • Ability to hike 3-12 miles per day in terrain that can be steep, rocky or uneven, often wearing a 45lb backpack while carrying tools and sometimes backpacking with full packs of 60-70lbs.

  • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds repeatedly and use hand and power tools.

  • Ability to pass a National Service Criminal History Check.

  • Available for duration of entire term of service; commitment to completing term.

  • Strong service ethic and desire to serve the community and the environment.

  • Willing to work long, hard hours in all weather conditions.

  • Ability to be away on overnight trips for up to 10 days at a time.


  • Ensure safety is the top priority during all MCC activities and projects; promote a ‘culture of safety’.

  • Accomplish project goals to the standards and satisfaction of MCC, Crew Leaders, and project partners/technical advisors.

  • Follow all MCC policies and procedures.

  • Create a healthy and supportive crew environment.

  • Perform designated crew roles.

  • Participate in all elements of the MCC Member Development program, education, and crew activities to the best of their ability.

  • Promote a positive public image for MCC by wearing the MCC uniform and acting in a professional and respectful manner at all times.

  • Attend, assist, or lead MCC service days and other MCC events, help organize and implement service projects when possible.

  • Work alongside youth and adult volunteers on projects and provide leadership when possible.

  • Exhibit a strong work ethic and positive service ethic throughout the term of service.

  • Attend at least one public meeting and volunteer with a local non-profit.

  • Complete and submit required reports and paperwork on time.

  • Provide information for evaluation of Crew Leaders, including positive feedback and areas of improvement.


Certifications (Depending on Position and Crew Type):

  • Basic First Aid & CPR.

  • Chainsaw Certification.

  • Crosscut Certification. 

Training and Opportunities (Depending on Position and Crew Type):

  • Training on Resume Building, Interviewing, and Federal Hiring.

  • Hand & Power Tool Use (including chainsaw and crosscut saw).

  • Backcountry Travel & Navigation.

  • Trail Maintenance & Construction.

  • Leave No Trace.

  • Habitat Management & Improvement.

  • Learn about natural resource management.

  • Develop life skills, work skills, and a strong service ethic.

  • Connect with project partners: federal, state, and non-profits for career opportunities.

  • Join our network of alumni in natural resource careers all over the country.

  • Work in beautiful, wild, and protected places.

  • Work in National Forests, wilderness areas, and National Parks. 

  • Make lasting changes to the environment, climate, and our communities.

Learn More About Adult Conservation Crews!


Check out our “A Day in the Life of MCC” Video!


MCC has a wide variety of resources to support you in your term of service; this includes financial assistance, free behavioral health resources, housing resources, resume & federal hiring training for post-service opportunities, and a dedicated team of staff.  This is an entry-level position; previous backcountry, trails, or corps experience is NOT required. 


MCC is committed to being diverse, welcoming, and inclusive. We are working to reduce barriers to participating in our programs. This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, genetic information, and military service. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.  Learn more about Identity and Equity @ MCC!

How to Apply

Apply on our website @ https://www.mtcorps.org/joinmcc/open-positions/
Posted on: January 11, 2023
Job Type: Seasonal
Job Starting Date:
May 15, 2023
Application Closing Date:
April 15, 2023
Job Salary Range:
920.00 to 920.00
Years of Experience: 1 – 2 years
Preferred/Required Degree Level: High School/GED
Job Activity(ies): Environmental Studies
Job Category(ies): Conservation Organization
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