2020 Crew Leader


Utah Conservation Corps
Seasonal
Job Overview

The UCC Crew Leader is an AmeriCorps position where the member participates in leadership
skills development during the spring field season and then provides direct leadership,
mentorship, and teaching for a UCC field crew during the summer and fall field seasons.

During the spring season, the Crew Leader participates in essential hard and soft skills trainings
and completes conservation projects as part of a crew of crew leader-trainees.  Field staff give
extra attention to debriefing crew leadership scenarios, helping leaders refine tool and project
techniques, attending to areas of individual growth, and teaching the full responsibilities of the
Crew Leader position.  Crew Leaders will be evaluated throughout the spring season and will
only be promoted into the full leadership role upon demonstrating essential competencies.

During summer and fall seasons, Crew Leaders are responsible for preparing and leading a 5-10 person crew in conservation project work, as well as upholding UCC values, ensuring that UCC policies and procedures are followed, facilitating education time with their crew,
communicating with project sponsors, and recording & reporting important weekly project outcome data and other documentation.

Field crews are assigned to a variety of conservation projects located across the state of Utah. Projects can be rural, remote, backcountry or urban and may include habitat restoration, invasive plant removal, fence building, trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

improvement, forest fuels reduction & other forest fire mitigation efforts, surveying, and

more.  Each crew has a uniqueproject and travel schedule.  All crews are trained in chainsaw and hand tool use, trails techniques, and wilderness medicine.  Crews generally camp near project sites and return to their field office location for off time between project weeks. Crew Leaders are expected to have a place of residence near their field office location.

The Crew Leader position is an AmeriCorps term requiring a full-time, ten-month commitment.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  1. Conservation Project Management

o  Ensure that UCC policies and procedures are being followed at the project site,
camp site, and during travel

o  Ensure a safe working environment

o  Ensure that the crew is adequately equipped and prepared for project work and
working/living conditions, including working through inclement weather and
working and living in backcountry settings

o  Provide primary in-field leadership to accomplish daily/weekly project outcomes

o  Proactively communicate with UCC field staff and project partner (agency) staff
about project goals, progress, techniques, problems, etc.

o  Ensure that the crew has essential information, tools and supplies to complete
assigned project work, travel to project site, and camp near project site.

  1. Crew Member Mentorship

o  Provide in-field guidance, training, and direction to crew members

o  Facilitate positive crew dynamics and crew member development

o  Facilitate conflict management and resolution within the crew

o  Document crew member incidents and behaviors related to policy violations and
disciplinary action; report to field staff in an appropriate and timely manner

o  Proactively communicate with field staff about crew dynamics

o  Lead and/or facilitate weekly environmental education hours

 

  1. Documentation & Reporting

o  Timely completion of documentation and reporting as assigned by UCC field staff
including, but not limited to:

  1. Weekly Progress Reporting ii.Vehicle Inspection

iii. Daily Safety logs
iv. Incident reports

  1. Crew Member check-ins and evaluations vi.Debrief notes

vii. Tool and equipment logs
viii. Rig-up/De-rig scheduling

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. UCC Program Leadership

o  Work with co-leaders and field staff to plan, organize, and implement UCC
program components, including but not limited to:

  1. summer and fall crew member trainings ii.crew rig-up/de-rig

iii. crew debriefs

o  Act in the front line of uncertainty and discomfort, employing skills of
motivation, problem-solving, creativity, and adaptability

o  Collaborate and communicate with field staff to conduct risk assessment and
management at UCC project and campsites

o  Give and receive constructive feedback with field staff in a timely manner

 

  1. Other duties, as assigned

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Leadership experience and demonstrated leadership skills

o  Teaching, training, and mentoring

o  Conflict management & resolution

o  Effective communication & interpersonal Skills

o  High degree of maturity & professionalism

  • Previous conservation corps, public lands management, or similar experience

o  Chainsaw experience, preferred

o  Trail maintenance and construction experience, preferred

  • Demonstrated outdoor skills

o  Camping experience, including backpacking, preferred

  • Alignment to UCC mission and values of safety, service, community, inclusivity,
    positivity, and commitment

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Support of UCC Mission & Values and a positive attitude
  • Commitment to personal growth
  • Flexibility – ability and desire to work in a dynamic environment and embrace change
  • Ability and willingness to think creatively, adapt, adjust, and problem solve in order to
    manage a crew and project assignments
  • Ability and willingness to work an irregular schedule
  • Ability, willingness, and desire to live out of a tent and work in all weather conditions
  • Willingness and physical ability to work on a variety of conservation projects, which may
    include 12 hour days using chainsaws, hand tools, or applying herbicide
  • Employ proactive, active, and effective communication
  • Maturity
  • At least 21 years of age
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Eligible to enroll in AmeriCorps
  • Undergo a National Criminal History Check

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BENEFITS

  • AmeriCorps Living Allowance of $725.00 paid twice per month for spring; Increased to $825.00 paid twice per month for summer and fall. Total living allowance: $14,250.00
  • AmeriCorps Education Award, $6,095.00 (available upon successful completion of term)
  • Health Insurance benefit of up to $100.00 a month on new plans through the Marketplace on Healthcare.gov
  • Forbearance on qualifying student loans while in service
  • Conservation Leadership Training, Certifications, and Experience
  • Wilderness First Responder (upon successful completion of term of service)
  • Advanced chainsaw training
  • Utah Herbicide Applicator License
  • Networking with Land Management Agency professionals

 

TO APPLY

Complete the UCC Online Application found at http://ucc.usu.edu/crewleaderapplication
You will need to attach a resume, and a list of 3 professional references to the online
application.  Application review begins September 2019.  Positions are open until filled.

 

Utah Conservation Corps is an equal opportunity program. Qualified applicants will receive

consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,

gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran, or disabled status.  UCC is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for application and service with our programs.

 

 

UCC’s Mission

To develop the conservation leaders of tomorrow through service and education.

 

UCC’s Values & Culture Statement

Utah Conservation Corps is committed to an inclusive culture of community service in a safe and positive environment.

 

UCC’s Zero Tolerance Policies

The following behaviors will result in immediate termination.  At no time may the UCC AmeriCorps member:

 

  • Engage in activities that pose a significant safety risk to others or physically or emotionally damage members of the program, or community such as harassment, hostile work environment, or bullying
  • Possess, consume, or be under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol during the performance of service activities or while living and working at the UCC project site, camp site, or in UCC vehicles, (Which includes showing up to work hung over)
  • Fail to notify the UCC of a criminal arrest or conviction during their term of service