Title: Youth Crew Leader
Locations: Salida, CO and Durango, CO
Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt
Start/end date: April 1st – August or November 2019
Wages: $500 – 620 / week DOQ, DOE
Benefits: Food provided while in the field, uniforms, personal protective equipment, 8-week Crew Leader training including U.S. Forest Service recognized S-212 Chainsaw training, and other development opportunities. PTO and Health Benefit Eligible for positions over 6 months.
Multiple positions opened until filled
Southwest Conservation Corps:
The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit whose mission is to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment. SCC engages motivated youth and young adults, ages 14 - 30, to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects on public lands.
Southwest Conservation Corps’ Crew Leaders perform many roles and are the key to our program’s success. The position is multi-faceted and demanding, but with opportunity for enormous rewards. Successful candidates will demonstrate resourcefulness, effective communication skills, excellent judgement, maturity, initiative, professionalism, and the desire to devote themselves to a crew experience where the needs of others are placed above oneself. The Crew Leader position requires, mentorship, patience, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors.
Youth Crew Leaders co-lead two summer sessions with high school students ages 14-18, in counties throughout the Four Corners and Los Valles regions. Each session will be Monday-Friday and may be a camping crew or a day crew. Crews will complete local conservation and community based projects. Crew Leaders in the Los Valles region may continue term to lead adult crews into the fall.
Crew leaders are responsible for the safety and well-being of their crew, project implementation, creating educational opportunities, and program paperwork each week. Our programs focus on place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility and career development. SCC also provides an opportunity for Corps Members to learn about the local environment, environmental issues and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers.
Alongside a coleader, supervise a crew of 7 high school students to complete quality project work, such as, trail construction/maintenance, fencing, painting, invasive removal, habitat restoration, and county beautification
Facilitate education lessons and daily debriefs
Communicate effectively with members, coleader, program staff, and project partners
Monitor, manage, and promote the crew’s physical and emotional safety on and off the work site
Exhibit strong situational awareness & promote a culture of safety
Complete time sheets, daily and weekly reports, corps member and peer evaluations, incident reports
Must be able to run a remote crew in small, tight knit communities
Manage food budget and credit card as appropriate
Leadership experience and strong desire to work with youth
Excellent organizational & communication skills
Strong time-management skills and ability to work independently as well as with others
Ability to effectively and efficiently manage all aspects of crew life and production within a 40-50 hour work week
Willingness to commit fully to the program and its mission
Must be adaptive, patient and able to maintain a positive perspective throughout
Physically fit and able to work long days in adverse conditions
High School diploma or GED certificate
Must hold current/relevant medical certification (WFA, WFR, WEMT, or OEC) with CPR/AED
Must be able to pass a criminal history background check
Must be 21, have a clean driving record (insurable by SCC) and a current driver’s license
Full position description and online application: https://sccorps.org/leadership-opportunities