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Outdoor job opportunities with the Utah Conservation Corps

April 16, 2012 by cpehrson

crew repairing a hiking trail

 

During the spring, summer, and fall, the Utah Conservation Corps sends crews of 4–8 AmeriCorps members to conduct trail and restoration projects in Utah national parks and forests. As a UCC AmeriCorps crew member, you can find yourself anywhere from the desert silence of Utah’s red rock country to the remote alpine wilderness of the Wasatch mountains

 

The Utah Conservation Corps (UCC) is seeking 4 AmeriCorps crew members to serve on the 2012 survey crew.  Crew members will conduct accessibility surveys of trails, campgrounds and facilities within the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and work closely with the Forest Service to develop transition plans and make changes on the ground.  The crew will document such things as picnic table dimensions and trail width/slope according to ABA (Architectural Barriers Act) standards.  Crew members will enter survey data into a U.S. Forest Service database for use by the agency and the public.

They are especially looking for at least one crew member who uses a wheelchair, since wheelchair accessibility is one of the standard criterias used in the surveys. 

AmeriCorp crew members are paid positions through the Utah Conservation Corpsstart and go from June 4 through November 2, 2012.

For more information about these job opportunities, contact Kate Stephens, Program Director, Utah Conservation Corps, (435) 797-8135.

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Utah Conservation Corps receives inclusion award

March 31, 2011 by cpehrson

Congratulations to the Utah Conservation Corps on their recent Inclusion Champion Award presented by the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation!

The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation announced the first recipients of the 2011 Inclusion Champion Award at their MEAF 20th Anniversary Luncheon in Washington, DC on March 11th.

This is the fourth year that MEAF has awarded their Inclusion Champion Award (ICA).  The award honors organizations and individuals who have made measurable and sustainable impact in promoting the inclusion of youth with disabilities.  The award includes a trophy and a $1,000 contribution to the recipient’s organization.

The Utah Conservation Corps, a part of the Conservation Corps Network, was honored for its “innovative work” that was designed so young people with disabilities could fully participate in national service programs, like Americorps. UCC established inclusive service crews to work in national forests, parks and urban settings gaining valuable career skills.

The Center for Persons with Disabilities at USU worked with the Utah Conservation Corps to help them include persons with disabilities more fully into their programs by developing the Disability Inclusion Toolkit that is available to help other Conservation Corps programs become more inclusive.

The UCC was one of eight inclusion awards presented during the MEAF  evening events.  The celebration ended with a viewing of the UCC’s video of their Cache Valley Accessible Community Garden project.

In total, 20 awards will presented throughout this 20th anniversary year to honor current and past grantees for their efforts to promote the full participation of young people with disabilities in society.

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