Conservation Corps Crew Leader

Southwest Conservation Corps
Job Overview

Title: Crew Leader 

Reports to: Program Director 

Locations: Salida and Durango, CO 

Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt  

Start/end date: April 1st, 2019 – November 2019 

Wages: $500 – 620 / week DOQ, DOE 

Benefits: 5 days of PTO (structured in August) and 5 days of discretionary time. Health Benefit Eligible. Food provided while in the field, uniforms, personal protective equipment, U.S. Forest Service recognized S-212 Chainsaw training (Certificate awarded upon completion of program), and other development opportunities. 

Multiple positions opened until filled 

Southwest Conservation Corps:
The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization, whose mission is to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment. SCC engages motivated young adults, ages 18 – 30, to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects throughout the Los Valles region. Projects may include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, invasive species removal, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects.  Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.

Each crew consists of 6 – 8 members and 2 leaders. Crews work in frontcountry and backcountry locations in all types of weather conditions. Schedules may vary, but generally are 9 days on and 5 days off. There is a possibility of 5 days on and 2 days off, or a variation of schedules, so we require all members and leaders to be flexible. SCC does not provide housing on off days. Crews prepare all their own meals and work together as a group to complete all the necessary chores. SCC crews work in a variety of national parks, national forests and other public land areas throughout the Southwest.

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.  

Position Summary: 

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. Crew Leaders are ultimately responsible for successes and short-comings of the crew. 

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