The VFC engages recent era Veterans on priority hazardous fuels projects while providing training and on-the-job experience in wildland firefighting
The Southwest Conservation Corps' 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.
- Bi-weekly living stipend
- Americorps education award upon program completion
- S-212 Chainsaw Certification
- S-130 & S-190 Certifications
- Wilderness First Aid & CPR Certification
- Food, group gear, and equipment provided during all project work
- Federal resume writing and USA jobs application consultation
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 may not be provided on days off - please reach out to hear about different housing options.
- Between the ages of 21-35
- Have military veteran status
- Be able to provide a DD-214 showing "Honorable Discharge"
Learn more about the experiences of one SCC Veterans Fire Corps crew working in San Juan National Forest in Colorado!
Lisa Slupianek, Program Manager, Four Corners Region
Trevor Taylor, Program Coordinator, Los Valles Region (Salida)