Seasonal Stewardship Program Crew Leader

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Idaho Conservation Corps
Job Overview

Location: Boise, Moscow, or Sandpoint, ID

Salary: $110 per day ($2/day bonus for leaders with a WFR/EMT/WEMT certification)

Benefits: Paid leadership training, professional trainings, and certifications available,

Program Dates: 5/20/19-8/23/19

Organization Overview

Idaho Conservation Corps (ICC) has operated in Idaho since the summer of 1992. ICC is a part of the Northwest Youth Corps (NYC), a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth and young adults to become successful, resilient members of their communities. To achieve this, ICC provides a variety of outdoors, conservation-specific programs to youth and young adults throughout Idaho emphasizing education, leadership, and personal growth. Since 1984, NYC and its resource management partners have provided opportunities to over 19,000 youth and young adults to learn, grow, and experience success. NYC’s programs serve over 800 youth and young adults annually, with programs operating in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and California.

Position Description

Seasonal Stewardship Program (SSP) Leaders manage and supervise conservation crews of three to six young adults, ages 19-26, over the course of a three-month field season. Leaders and AmeriCorps participants will generally work following a spike schedule of nine-day hitches followed by five days off before the next hitch. During the program, Leaders will be responsible for leading their crew in carrying out a variety of hands-on, conservation-oriented projects on public and private lands, such as trail maintenance or construction, invasive species management, forest thinning, or facilities maintenance, among others. Additionally, Leaders will facilitate lessons using our accredited outdoor education curriculum. Throughout the program Leaders are relied upon to ensure safety, encourage group cohesion, and facilitate a positive dynamic. Should an emergency arise at an inconvenient time, Leaders are the first to respond. As such, the position requires a great deal of responsibility, motivation, and flexibility. Overall, crew leaders are well-balanced individuals who work hard and embody compassion, patience, and an inspirational attitude. This position allows Leaders to deliver a meaningful educational experience to young people in their communities and can also provide an entry-point into the fields of natural resource management, youth development, and outdoor education.


Leaders earn a $25/day stipend for attending a required seven to ten day training that prepares them for a successful season. The training simulates a typical hitch and takes place at a project site, with transportation provided. Field Leaders camp at training in a location provided by ICC. Training includes:

  • ICC philosophy and organization
  • Safety procedures
  • Basic trail maintenance and construction
  • Crew management
  • Conservation techniques
  • Judgment and decision-making
  • Minimum impact camping
  • Backcountry camping and travel
  • Behavior management
  • Working with youth on medications
  • Driver training
  • Chainsaw operation and maintenance
  • Tool use and maintenance
  • Anaphylaxis training

Duties and Responsibilities

Leadership & Mentorship

Leaders manage, supervise, and participate in all aspects of crew work from building trails to cutting trees. They work independently to delegate responsibilities to crew members, maintain crew discipline, resolve conflicts, and establish/maintain crew morale. Time spent in ICC’s program can be demanding physically, mentally, and emotionally, and the crew leader’s role in helping the crew navigate inevitable challenges with maturity and good judgment is crucial. Crew leaders are mentors and role models and set the pace and tone of the program, at the job site and at camp. Leaders provide formal and informal feedback to corps members with specific attention to work productivity and quality, teamwork, and leadership. Crew leaders receive feedback on their performance and are challenged to develop their own leadership skills within this program.

Safety & Risk Management

Leaders oversee the physical and emotional safety of program participants at all times. Safety is the number one priority in everything we do, including work, education, and camp life. This includes not only the physical safety but mental and emotional safety as well. Leaders will be responsible for safely transporting the crew and equipment to and from the worksite in ICC’s fleet vehicles.

Project Management & Implementation

Leaders are responsible for safely completing conservation projects to high standards by training, working with, and supervising crews of three to eight young adults. They will serve as the public face of ICC when interacting with project sponsors and members of the local community. The crew leaders’ principal role, however, is to manage and motivate their crew. In the field, they lead by example and provide direction to their crew with specific attention to safe work practices, proper tool use, work quality, and productivity. In addition to mental and emotional challenges, leaders perform sustained physically rigorous work, including lifting heavy loads and hiking long distances, and should expect to find each project physically challenging.


Leaders implement daily lessons based on ICC’s education curriculum (SEED), which incorporates environmental education, life skills development, leadership, and job readiness. Crew leaders are encouraged to bring their own skills and experiences to the education curriculum and use natural surroundings for teachable moments.

Required Qualifications

  • At least 21 years old
  • Current Wilderness First Aid or higher and CPR certification
  • Current Driver’s License
  • Clean driving record for the past three years (Driver’s License Background Check required)
  • Recreational/professional outdoor experience
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 70 pounds and backpack 10 miles
  • Willingness and ability to frequently drive an ICC vehicle
  • Ability to work collaboratively and promote teamwork
  • Good judgment and decision-making skills
  • Sense of humor, flexibility, spirit of adventure, and desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others and the environment
  • Experience/desire in working with diverse populations
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job


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