This experience will be the story you remember forever.
The Utah Conservation Corps (UCC) is an AmeriCorps program dedicated to developing the conservation leaders of tomorrow. We’re a non-residential AmeriCorps program composed of AmeriCorps members, staff, and partners dedicated to service to our community, environment, and regions requiring disaster response efforts. Additionally, as an organization, we seek to provide a more welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds and experience levels to ensure a healthy, vibrant, innovative, and sustainable corps. Our goals are to encourage and support more diverse populations serving in an inclusive environment within the UCC and to recognize where we fall short and address our shortcomings.
Crew Leaders (CLs) are responsible for facilitating a positive crew member experience by setting an example of enthusiasm throughout work and camp life while leading a 5 to 10- person crew on various conservation-related projects. CLs provide direct leadership, mentorship, support, and training for their field crew. They must act professionally, with a high level of maturity when faced with uncertainty and discomfort. CLs should be able to motivate, creatively problem-solve, and adapt to changing circumstances. CLs are also responsible for upholding UCC’s values, ensuring that policies and procedures are followed, communicating with project partners, and recording and reporting weekly project outcome data and other documentation.
The CL term of service is approximately 9 months, spanning 3 field seasons (Spring, Summer, Fall). This position involves frequent travel, camping, irregular hours, and a varying weekly schedule. The CL must have strong leadership and communication skills, flexibility, capacity for self-direction, a passion for conservation work, and a desire to provide mentorship to emerging conservation leaders.
UCC operates three 12-week field seasons throughout the year. The CL begins their term of service in the spring with conservation, leadership, outdoor living, and Wilderness First Responder training. The Spring season is dedicated to development through formal training and peer-led project work. During this time, CLs become familiar with their responsibilities, learn proper tool use and techniques, and participate in conservation projects under the direction of Field Logistics Technicians and other field staff.
Upon demonstration of essential competencies, CLs will receive an increase in their living stipend for the Summer and Fall seasons when they assume responsibility for leadership of 5 to 10-person crew on various conservation projects. Note: CLs may be assigned to co-lead in collaboration with another CL depending on project needs.
Field projects may be backcountry (hiking into the project site, camping away from a vehicle) or front country (such as driving to the project site daily, camping at the vehicle, or non-camping lodging).
Projects may be urban (located in a city or town) or rural (located in national parks, forests, etc. with limited access to facilities and resources). Projects may include (but are not limited to):
Generally, crews work a 9-day or 4-day, 10-hour/day (some days may be up to 12 hours) ‘hitch’ schedule, while camping in front and backcountry settings. Typically, crews will have 3-5 days off between hitches. Days will include two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute lunch. Crews should expect schedules and project work to vary.
The Crew Leader position is an AmeriCorps term requiring a full-time, nine-month commitment.
As an applicant you understand and accept that the UCC is a career exploration program. Through this experience, you'll find a new level of hard work and determination by working long hours, oftentimes in challenging conditions. In the end, you will know you can conquer the hardest obstacles life can throw at you.
Note: Participants must supply their own personal outdoor gear and equipment such as a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, day pack, multi-day pack, work pants, work boots, etc. A recommended gear-list will be provided prior to starting the term of service. UCC will provide project tools, personal protective gear, crew kitchen kit (stove, fuel, cooking and serving supplies) and transportation to and from projects. UCC participants are eligible for pro-deals.
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