We use an online system called SilkRoad Onboarding to complete paperwork. You should receive an email after you have been accepted with a username and password to access this account. We greatly appreciate you finishing this paperwork before your first day! Contact your office if you have any issues or questions about the Silk Road system. Please bring original copies of your ID's on your first day.
What are the rules on tobacco use?
The use of tobacco products is prohibited on youth crews.
Can I contact my friends and family in the field?
Cell phones are allowed, however service can be spotty or non-existent in many of the areas in which we work, so plan accordingly. Let your loved ones know that you may be out of touch during remote projects.
What if there is an emergency in the field?
All of your crew leaders will be equipped with a DeLorme device that allows them to check in daily via text message and contact help if needed. We have an On-Call system where a staff member is available by phone 24 hours a day. If you are injured in the field you may be covered by our workers compensation, and your crew leaders will have the appropriate forms to file a claim. If your friends or family have an emergency and need to reach you, they can contact the office during business hours and we will get in contact with your crew leaders as soon as possible.
Where can I receive mail?
Mail can be sent to the office and picked up when you are back in town (See the 'CONTACT' tab for more information). Make sure that anything sent to the office has your name written clearly on it. The office address should not be listed as your personal permanent place of residence for any purpose, including driver’s licenses, resident applications, etc. Do not fill out an official USPS change of address form to have your mail forwarded to us. Once the session is over, your mail will be returned to the sender.
What are the benefits of serving with ACC?
Youth crew members receive a weekly salary. In addition to this salary, members receive professional development opportunities, hands-on experience with environmental and conservation projects, access to examples of partnerships and information for collaborative restoration and community building, and build connections to agencies.
When do I get paid?
Your stipend will be deposited in your bank account bi-weekly throughout your term (see the 'PAYROLL' tab for more information). You will need to fill in your time-sheet every other week.
What does a typical work day look like?
Days on hitch can be long. Breakfast usually starts around 7:00 am followed by cleanup. You might have to drive and/or hike to your project site. Every work day starts with a stretch & safety circle to prepare you for your project work. You will have two 15 minute breaks and one 30 minute break for lunch during the day. Dinner usually starts around 6:30 pm; you will probably have some downtime before dinner, unless you are assigned to cook. All meals are eaten as a group. Most nights end with a debrief, which is a way for you and your crew to come together and reflect about that day. Typically, you will be working 8 hour days.
Do we work in the rain?
Yes! Crews work in a variety of weather and different ecosystems. You should be prepared for sudden changes in weather, and always have your rain-gear and layers accessible in your day pack. If weather becomes dangerous, work will stop, and your crew leader will instruct you on lightning procedure or other precautions.
How does the schedule work?
There are three different Youth Corps models:
Model 1 is a four-week Monday through Friday hitch schedule in Shenandoah National Park. Rig-up and de-rig will take place in Harrisonburg.
Model 2 is a four-week residential crew in Shenandoah National Park. Rig-up on the first day and de-rig on the last day will take place in Harrisonburg.
Model 3 is a seven-week Monday through Friday hitch schedule in George Washington & Jefferson National Forrests. Rig-up and de-rig will take place in Harrisonburg.
Where do I stay during my days off?
Members are responsible for food and housing during days off. Typically, members will go home for the weekends.
Where can I park my vehicle during hitch?
While on hitch, vehicles can be parked at ACC’s office. While ACC considers this to be a safe location, ACC is not responsible for theft or damage to vehicles or contents.