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UCC AmeriCorps Members primarily work on natural resource projects. These include invasive plant species removal, trail construction and maintenance, fence building, habitat restoration, tree planting, fuels reduction, and a variety of other projects based on partner needs. UCC AmeriCorps Members complete critical project work that would otherwise go undone.
Members serve in locations throughout Utah, and occasionally Idaho and Wyoming. This may include National Parks, National Forests, Wilderness areas, Bureau of Land Management Land, and private/state land. We have project work in a multitude of environments, ranging from deserts to rivers to high alpine forests.
UCC offers 3 month (Summer or Fall - 450 hours), 6 month (Summer and Fall - 900 hours) and 10 month (Spring, Summer and Fall - 1700 hours) positions.

- Spring season spans Feb - June.
- Summer season spans June to mid-Aug.
- Fall season spans from mid-Aug to mid-Nov.

For specific start dates, review position descriptions HERE. Field crew positions require a full-time commitment for the duration of the term of service. UCC offers Field Boss (10 month), Crew Leader (10 month) and Crew Member (6 or 3 month) positions. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and should be submitted two to three months prior to the start of the season you are applying for.

UCC also runs many Individual Placement AmeriCorps Positions. These AmeriCorps Members work with various non-profit organizations throughout Utah.
No. During off-time, members are responsible for finding their own housing. UCC does not provide housing.

While on hitch, UCC provides accommodations for camping. Depending on the specific project, camping may be in urban front country or remote backcountry sites.
Logan: There are multiple free camping locations outside Logan and North Logan, and a Recreation Center in town that provides showers at a low cost. Because Logan is a college town, there are many housing opportunities available. Splitting an apartment with other members can bring cost down. Use resources such as Craigslist or KSL, and check board postings on campus.
Salt Lake City: Salt Lake has a large rental market. Past crew members have either rented a place with other crew members or rented out a single room for the season. The best resources for rentals are Craiglist and KSL Classifieds. There are not many accessible campsites in the Salt Lake Valley so it is highly recommended that Salt Lake crew members figure out housing prior to the start of the season.
Cedar City: There are multiple free camping locations outside Cedar City. Housing opportunities are available in town - visit Craigslist or KSL Classifieds.  
Moab: Free camping near the city of Moab is generally non-existent. Prepare to drive at least 30 minutes to find free dispersed camping. Visit Craigslist or KSL Classifieds for housing available in town.
The UCC does not provide a place for you to store your belongings while on hitch. You are responsible for storing your belongings in your apartment, vehicle, etc. If you do not choose to rent an apartment, it is HIGHLY recommended that you have a vehicle. UCC provides parking at field offices for vehicles while members are on hitch. UCC is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Keys for vehicles parked at UCC field offices must be stored inside the UCC office (they will be locked in a secure box) in the event vehicles need to be moved while members are on hitch.
AmeriCorps Members have made a commitment to the Utah Conservation Corps and AmeriCorps to complete their term of service. This means:

- Serving the entire term from start date to end date.
- Completing the hours requirement for the term of service.

If timing and scheduling allow, time off is reviewed on a case by case basis. It is the responsibility of the AmeriCorps Member to ensure any missed days are made up. Time-off requests need to be submitted to Field Staff during the first week of training, and are not guaranteed to be granted. If hours are not complete and you do not work until your scheduled end date, you will not be eligible to receive the AmeriCorps Education Award.
No, but it is HIGHLY recommended.

UCC provides transportation to and from projects. Each crew is assigned a UCC work truck for use during each hitch.

Vehicle or not, it is your responsibility to be at the office on time, with all personal gear prepared, and ready to depart for hitch. Many UCC AmeriCorps Members have done a UCC term of service without a personal vehicle, but please remember, your timeliness and readiness are your responsibility. DO NOT rely on others for rides.
For Full-time, 1700 hour members only. UCC will reimburse health insurance premiums for 1700 hour members up to $100/month. All UCC AmeriCorps Members in less than a 1700 hour term of service are responsible for paying all health insurance costs.
The living allowance is modest and varies based on term of service position and length. It may be used as desired (food, housing, etc.) by the AmeriCorps Member.
UCC members receive a living allowance on a bi-monthly basis. The living allowance is considered taxable income. You will receive a W2 from Utah State University at the end of the year.

UCC members are paid through Utah State University payroll on the 10th and 25th of each month (unless pay falls on a weekend or holiday, in which case, pay will be on the next business day). Your first payment date will vary based on your term start date.
Personal gear needs may vary based on season.

Gear UCC Provides:
1. Tools required for training and project work (fuel, chainsaws, hand tools, etc.).
2. Kitchen Kit for each crew (stove, propane, pots/pans, utensils, bowls/plates, etc.).
3. First Aid Kits.
4. Personal Protective Equipment (ear, eye, hard hat, gloves, chainsaw chaps).
5. Two uniform, long-sleeve work shirts.

Gear YOU Provide:
1. Waterproof shell jacket and pants.
2. Various weights of synthetic or wool layering garments (tops and bottoms). Utilizing layers that are not cotton will be crucial to comfort and survivability in the sometimes extreme Utah environment.
3. Multiple pairs of wool socks. Neoprene is recommended if working on river restoration projects.
4. Down/synthetic insulating jacket.
5. Two pair work pants (Carhartts, Arborwear, Dickies etc.) that are brown or tan.
6. Hat for warmth, hat for sun, face mask or buff.
8. Warm Gloves.
9. 8" full leather boots. Not sure about your boots, ask your Regional Coordinator or Support Specialist.
10. Close toed shoes for around camp.
11. Personal hygiene items.
12. Personal medications.
13. Headlamp.
14. Sleeping bag. Expect temperatures from -20 to 120 F during any given season. A zero degree bag may be necessary, even during the summer season. Prepare accordingly.
15. Sleeping pad.
16. Tent.
17. Day pack for use during the work day. To carry water, snacks, lunch, etc. to work site.
18. Large backpack (60-80 Liter) for storage and transport of all personal gear while on hitch.
19. Watch/phone alarm.
20. Tupperware/container for leftovers.
21. Capacity to carry 6 Liters of water (nalgenes, dromedary, etc).
22. A positive and adaptable attitude!
Members need to be prepared for a variety of weather conditions. Warm, quick dry clothing is recommended. Be ready for temperatures to go over 100 degrees during the day and as low as 0 degrees at night. Research the average monthly temperatures in Utah, and be ready for anything.
To join the UCC as Field Crew Member, you do not need to have any previous training. The UCC provides a two week training at the beginning of each field season (summer and fall). This includes a Wilderness First Aid course through Desert Mountain Medicine, and project specific training on trails, chainsaw, etc.
No. UCC does not pay for food on or off hitch. The living allowance is intended to be used for purchasing food. Many UCC AmeriCorps Members are eligible for food stamps.
No. If you are a citizen of the United States and 18 years of age or older, you may apply.
Yes, if you are 18 years and older, you may apply.

Please note: It is NOT possible to go to school during an active semester (full or part-time) while serving as a UCC AmeriCorps Field Crew Member. The summer season is a perfect option for students wanting to serve.
No. Due to the time, place and length of projects, it is advised that UCC members not take university classes during their term of service.
Typical project hitches range from 4 to 9 days. Crew Members report to the field office on the first day of hitch, load all personal gear and equipment for hitch (rig-up), drive to the project site, camp and work at site for allotted number of days, drive back to the field office at the end of hitch, organize/clean/unload all gear from hitch and prep for next hitch (de-rig). Hitches may be front or backcountry. Hitches are project dependent and are structured around the project type and needs of the project partner.
On any given work day, the crew will get up around 6am, have breakfast, pack their bags for the day and have camp cleaned up by 7am. At 7am, your crew will will hold a stretch and safety circle to review safety concerns and the hazards for the day. Upon completion of stretch and safety, the crew will begin work (driving to site, hiking to site, or work on site. Crews work ten hour days and take two fifteen minute breaks and one thirty minute lunch. Crews finish up project work around 5pm to allow time for cleaning tools or saws, etc. One crew member will generally cook dinner for the crew each night. Evening may afford members with time for hiking, relaxing, reading, etc. Dishes and camp chores are expected to be completed by all crew members during the hitch. Evening recreation (hiking, wading, running, etc.) must be approved by the Crew Leader. Camp is usually quiet by 9pm.
After UCC, many members continue to serve in the Conservation Corps world, as crew leaders, field bosses and staff positions. Throughout the field season you will be working with many different land management agencies. Working directly with agency personnel can provide contacts for future jobs with the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Department of Natural Resources, BLM, and other state and private land managers.