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Veterans Fire Corps

The VFC engages recent era Veterans on priority hazardous fuels projects while providing training and on-the-job experience in wildland firefighting

The Conservation Corps New Mexico's Veterans Fire Corps program provides the opportunity for post-9/11 era Veterans to work and live alongside other vets, while receiving training and on-the-job experience in wildland firefighting and natural resource management. This program prioritizes Veterans who are looking for a way to transition from military to civilian service, building upon the knowledge and leadership skills gained while serving in the armed forces. Veterans are able to regain the sense of purpose and pride felt in the military, while refocusing their mission to protecting our communities and public lands from the threat of wildfire.

Interested in joining?

Check out our current openings!

BENEFITS

  • Bi-weekly living stipend
  • Americorps education award upon program completion
  • S-212 Chainsaw Certification
  • Fire Camp Training & Certifications: S-130 & S-190
  • Wilderness First Aid & CPR Certification
  • Food, group gear, and equipment provided during all project work
  • Federal resume writing and USA jobs application consultation

SCHEDULE

VFC Crews typically camp out for 8 or 9-day "hitches" with 6 or 5 days off between. During hitch, crews camp in tents at or near their project site. Crews operate for anywhere from 3 to 6 months. Housing is not provided on days off - please reach out to hear about different housing options.

APPLICANT QUALIFICATIONS

  • Between the ages of 21-35
  • Have military veteran status
  • Be able to provide a DD-214

PROJECTS

Project work will vary due to seasonality and environmental safety concerns. Projects that crews typically work on may include, but are not limited to:

  • Fire fuels reduction
  • Trail construction and maintenance
  • Invasive species management, including pesticide/herbicide application
  • Habitation restoration
  • Fence installation/repair
  • Land Management Inventory and Mapping
  • National Disaster Relief
  • Community Service
  • Recreation and facilities maintenance and construction

View our current openings here!

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RECRUITER CONTACT

Victoria Rios

Email: vrios@conservationlegacy.org

Phone: 575.281.4181

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