Crew Member – Leadership Development Program

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Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps
Job Overview


Position Dates: March 18/25 – May 31 (300 hour AmeriCorps Service Term)

Pay Rate: $275/week + $1,289 AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion

Location: Harrisonburg, VA

Get outdoors, get some experience, and challenge yourself.

We’ve been looking for you. Someone who can sweat through the humidity, bugs, and hard work with an unrelenting smile. Someone who is passionate about the outdoors, serving the environment and serving the community. This work isn’t easy, but it’s great. 

Position Description:

The goal of the Leadership Development Program (LDP) is to provide participants with a variety of training focused on hard skills as well as leadership through peer leadership activities to prepare members for leadership roles within the conservation corps setting.  Upon completion of the Leadership Development Program, members are encouraged to apply for leadership positions. Placement in a leadership position is not guaranteed, and will be based upon qualifications, performance, work ethic, and ability.

This is an exciting opportunity to work on an AmeriCorps conservation crew with the Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps. Two crews will be selected. Each crew will partner with local public land managers to accomplish meaningful projects to support ecological health. Both crews will perform trail maintenance and environmental restoration. One crew will be provided with chainsaw training and will perform related tasks. Typically, Corpsmembers will camp out in the field and complete project work for 9 days at a time followed by 4-5 days off. This schedule may vary depending upon project partner needs. Meals are provided while in the field.


As an AmeriCorps program participant, work effectively as member of crew; perform heavy manual labor related to environmental conservation and restoration projects; work outdoors in all types of weather and successfully adapts to various climates; camps overnight outdoors in wilderness areas near work sites for short or extended periods of time; effectively learn and apply new environmental conservation and restoration skills and outdoor living skills; actively participate in environmental education activities; practice appropriate safety procedures in all tasks assigned; use, maintain and repair hand and power tools as necessary.

General Qualifications:  

To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 27, and a US citizen that has received a high school diploma or GED. All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Previous conservation or corps experience
  • Demonstrated initiative
  • Leadership
  • Adaptability
  • Professionalism
  • Community-Building