So you've finished your UCC term of service and are looking back on it fondly.
Here are some things you should know as an Alumni of the Utah Conservation Corps!
How to access and use your education award:
Your Education Awards are managed by AmeriCorps, not UCC. Please visit this site, that answers a lot of common questions about your AmeriCorps Education award.
Please NOTE: your education award WILL count as income on your taxes during the year that you use it. The 1099 Tax Form can be found on your My AmeriCorps (my.americorps.gov) account .
If you are an Americorps member, you should have already created an account through the My AmeriCorps Portal. More information about the education award can be found here: https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/segal-americorps-education-awar
If you need to register for a new account:
- Access the system through https://my.americorps.gov/mp/login.do.
- Once you are at the login page, click the “Register to create a new Member/Alum Account” link;
- On the registration page, enter your last name, date of birth, Social Security Number and current e-mail address (you must enter the e-mail address that you put on your enrollment form).
- Click “Submit” and follow the instructions on your screen for your next steps.
After you complete your program the UCC office will exit you from AmeriCorps. It can take up to one month for your exit paperwork to clear. Once you have been exited a new option will show up on your My Americorps Portal, under “My Education Award” which allows you to pay your lending institution or Title IV School of choice. Be sure to read through the FAQs available at the AmeriCorps website as it will answer most of your questions.
Also there are many institutions that will match your AmeriCorps award or have additional scholarships for AmeriCorps alums. You have seven years to use your award (some exceptions can be made).
If you are having trouble setting up an account or have additional questions, you can call the AmeriCorps hotline at 1-800-942-2677.
Join the UCC Alumni Facebook Group for lots of job updates and postings!
There are more jobs in the outdoors!
Get Outdoors Colorado has an awesome guide for those looking to take the next steps toward a career in the outdoors!
Find out more at: http://www.getoutdoorscolorado.org/career-guide-signup
Want to work for the National Park Service, the Forest Service or the BLM? The place to look for all of those jobs, and more, is USA Jobs!
Applying for jobs on www.usajobs.gov can be a little tricky. It is highly recommended that you read up on some tips before creating a profile. The USA Jobs help center has some helpful tips. There are also plenty of great tutorials on YouTube.
State Jobs: Also consider looking into state jobs! Most states have a website where state jobs, including jobs in state parks, are listed. Utah's can be found at: https://statejobs.utah.gov/jobseeker/
Other Conservation Jobs
Conservation Job Board: Find jobs in conservation, natural resources, ecology, wildlife, forestry, botany, marine biology, fisheries, and environmental education.
Texas A&M: A great place to find biology and conservation related jobs.
National Wildlife Federation: You can search for jobs, internships, fellowships, and volunteer opportunities. Internship opportunities are nationwide and in the areas of conservation, education, fundraising, communications, legal work, and publications.
Grand Canyon Trust Youth Job Board: Listing of open conservation positions from Grand Canyon Trust and associated partners across the Colorado Plateau.
Other Outdoor Jobs
Love working outdoors but tired of swinging a pick all day? There are tons of opportunities that will get you outside! Consider working with a guiding program, working at a resort, working as an environmental educator, or working at a summer camp.
Backdoor Jobs: has listings for short-term adventure jobs and international opportunities.
Coolworks: Jobs in great places! Features short-term jobs, summer jobs, and non-government jobs within many national parks.
Outdoor Industry Jobs: Includes winter sports, bike industry, and flyfishing jobs, as well as many others!
Outdoor Ed: A list of current outdoor education jobs.
Resort Jobs: Features worldwide resort jobs with ski and snowboard resorts, camps, national parks, cruise ships, restaurants and hotels
NOLS Alumni E-mail List: specifically for alumni of a NOLS course or a Wilderness Medicine Institute course, but a great resource for outdoor jobs.
General Career Resources
Need help creating a resume, working on a cover letter, or other application tips?
Guide: Nonprofit and Education Outdoor Career Opportunities: Introduction and guide to pursuing a career in outdoor nonprofit or outdoor education. Courtesy of Transforming Youth Outdoors in Partnership with US Fish & Wildlife Service.
Guide: For Profit Sector Outdoor Career Opportunities: Introduction and guide to pursuing a career in the for-profit sector in outdoor recreation or natural resources. Courtesy of TYO:Transforming Youth Outdoors in Partnership with US Fish & Wildlife Service.
Resume-help.org: Has plenty of sample resumes to look at, as well as helpful tips.
Georgetown University: Has a simple guide for writing a cover letter.
Also, if you are a current or former college student don't be afraid to reach out to your college's career center! Most colleges and universities have folks on staff who can sit down with you and help you build or edit your resume.
Want to stay in Utah, AND go to college?
The Utah State University College of Natural Resources is one of the top natural resources colleges in the country, as well as one of the most affordable. Most of our fulltime seasonal members can even get in-state tuition relatively quickly! Find out more about the QCNR!
There are conservation corps all over the country! Check out The Corps Network's website to find out more!