The San Diego Center challenges its corpsmembers with various types of projects that range from trail construction, fire hazard reduction, tree removal and heavy equipment operation. In addition, the San Diego Center currently offers our corpsmembers internships with Caltrans.
Balboa Park trail construction
San Diego corpsmembers find themselves tackling a wide range of projects from working on trails on the beautiful Southern California coast at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve situated above the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean, to working on trails in the wilderness areas of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. San Diego County, one of the largest counties in the state, has a total area of 4,526 square miles; 4,200 sq mi of it is land and 326 sq mi of it (7.20%) is water.
Northern San Diego is known locally as "North County.” This area is home to our Vista Satellite. With one crew operating daily from this location, we’re able to stretch our crews across the entire county.
The San Diego Center maintains strong relationships with many local agencies including the City of San Diego Open Space Division, the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, the City of Carlsbad, California State Parks and Caltrans. Projects worked for these include:
City of San Diego Fire Fuel Reduction
The San Diego Center works year-round in partnership with the City of San Diego. Corpsmembers work in numerous city Open Space canyons providing fire fuel reduction, thus reducing the fire danger. These projects are a critical part of fire prevention for the City of San Diego and provide added safety for local residents.
Caltrans Tree Crew and Landscape Internships
The San Diego Center has developed a strong working relationship with Caltrans. In addition to freeway maintenance, we have many corpsmembers who compete to work as interns. While participating in these internships the corpsmembers learn a variety of different job skills. These skills include landscaping maintenance and power tool use as well as tree-climbing and limbing. Many of our interns gain the skills and knowledge needed to do well in the Caltrans hiring process.
County Of San Diego
The San Diego Center has a long standing relationship with the County of San Diego doing natural resource work. Trail construction and rehabilitation, construction of roads in local parks and fencing along waterways and trails to improve public safety are among the many things we do for the county.
The San Diego Center currently participates in the following AmeriCorps programs:
Weatherizing a home
1.) AmeriCorps Weatherization Program. This full-time program places up to seven corpsmembers in an “intern partnership” with a local nonprofit organization. Corpsmembers are professionally trained and work alongside journey-level employees to weatherize homes of local low-income residents. This program is a great way to serve the community, learn valuable lifetime weatherization “green” skills, and earn a full-time AmeriCorps educational award after 1,700 hours of service in the program.
2.) CCC’s “AmeriCorps Educational Award” program. This program is operated at most CCC locations and provides corpsmembers either a part-time or full-time AmeriCorps educational scholarship in exchange for 11 months of service in the CCC and community volunteer time. The center is always actively recruiting and offering these scholarship positions to current corpsmembers. More information is provided during the initial COMET training.
Though located at the southern end of California, the San Diego Center is available to respond to many types of emergencies statewide. Most noted are responses to wildfires, floods, and fruit fly infestations. To better prepare for emergencies all San Diego corpsmembers receive ICS (Incident Command System) 100-200 training, as well as 8-hour Camp Support and Floodfight Techniques. Most receive a 40-hour HAZWOPER (hazardous waste operations and emergency response) certification.
Meeting Gov. Schwarzenegger while collecting money at Qualcomm stadium for fire victims