Adult Program Crew Leader (2024)

Southwest Conservation Corps

Salida, Colorado

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $720-$800 per week, depending on experience and qualifications
Deadline Jan 05, 2024

For complete job description and to apply: CLICK HERE

Start Date: April 1st, 2024.

End Date: Late-October or Early-November, 2024. Depending on weather and project work.

Pay: $720-800 per week, depending on experience and qualifications.

Benefits: Health benefits eligible. Food provided while in the field. 10 days of Paid Time Off; 1 paid week off in May between leader season and summer member season and 1 paid week off in August between summer member season and summer fall season, plus 4 additional days of flexible paid time off. 

Certifications/Tranings: USFS-recognized S-212 Chainsaw training, Cross-cut training, Restorative Justice Training, Trauma-Informed Care Training, QPR training, & other development opportunities.    

Position Summary: The Adult Program Crew Leader at SCC Los Valles is responsible for overseeing a crew of 8: crews consist of 6 members, 1 Crew Leader in Development (CLDP), and the crew leader. Crews work in front and backcountry locations in all weather conditions. Standard schedule consists of 8 days on-hitch and 6 days off with some exception. On-hitch, crews camps together, prepare all meals together, and work together as a group to complete all projects and chores. SCC does not provide accommodations off-hitch and Crew Leaders will be responsible for their own accommodations during that time. Crew Leaders will lead crews in completing technical conservation projects while instilling interpersonal skills and leadership skills. Crew leaders will also be responsible for leading crews in environmental stewardship, risk management, trauma-informed care, and restorative justice. 

About Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC): Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization, whose mission is to Engage future leaders who protect, restore, and enhance our nation’s lands through community-based service. The SCC Los Valles (LV) office is located on the ancestral lands of the Ute people, who continue to survive and thrive on these lands today. The SCC LV office is in Salida, Colorado with satellite operations in Alamosa, CO. SCC LV serves the Arkansas River Valley and the San Luis Valley: the two valleys, or los valles. The SCC Los Valles Adult Program engages motivated young adults, ages 18 - 30, to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects. Projects may include, trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, invasive species mitigation, hazardous fuels reduction, habitat restoration, 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.

Crews offered: 

  • Leaders of Color crew – An affinity crew for QTBIPOC individuals with a focus on technical skills and certifications
  • Women’s+ Saw crew – An affinity crew for Trans, Non-binary, and Cis women individuals with a focus on chainsaw skills development
  • Veteran Fire crew – A post 9/11 veteran crew which focuses on fuel reduction and fire mitigation on public land
  • Chainsaw crews – A crew for young adults that works primarily in front country settings, focusing on sustainable forestry, fuels reduction, or invasive species removal (with the potential to use herbicide)
  • Conservation/Trail crews – A crew for young adults that works in both backcountry and front country settings, focusing on trails and a variety of conservation work

Responsibilities & Core Competencies:  

Leadership & Mentorship  

  • Embody equity, ensure inclusion, and embrace diversity (equity, inclusion, and diversity) within the corps. This includes but is not limited to: 
  • Lead and participate in Land Acknowledgements that recognize Indigenous communities who have historically and continue to steward the Los Valles region
  • Employ a restorative justice approach to disciplinary incidents
  • Facilitate and engage in environmental education that includes the fraught history of public lands in the United States 
  • Employ a trauma-informed approach to building crew dynamics and addressing interpersonal conflict
  • Be accountable to ensuring the SCC Los Valles community centers the experiences of members of historically marginalized populations, including Black, Indigenous, Queer, Trans and Women of Color (QTBIPOC), and young adults with systems-involvement
  • Foster 21st century work skills in corps members, i.e.: collaboration & teamwork, creativity & imagination, critical thinking, problem-solving, flexibility & adaptability
    • Model strong communication and conflict transformation skills
    • Mentor Crew Leader in Development (CLDP) in their growth in leadership, facilitation, and supervisory skills 

Project Management & Implementation  

  • Instruct, train & motivate a crew to complete high quality technical conservation projects
  • Implement a 10-hour workday and ensure professionalism is maintained at camp
  • Delegate project work & camp chores
  • Effectively coordinate logistics with project partners, co-leader, & SCC staff 

Risk Management  

  • Analyze, manage, and inform on hazardous conditions and crew health
  • Exhibit strong situational awareness at worksite and campsite  
  • Transport crew and equipment safely in SCC’s vans and large SUVs with trailers 

Administrative Skills  

  • Meet all deadlines for documentation, i.e., timesheets, evaluations, incident reports, etc
  • Record all project related outcomes and deliverables 
  • Manage food budget and credit card for purchases, providing receipts for all purchases. 

Minimum Qualifications:  

  • Outdoor leadership experience with youth and/or young adults
  • Physically fit and able to work 40-50 hr work weeks 
  • High School diploma or GED certificate 
  • Must hold current/relevant medical certification (WFR, WEMT, or OEC) with CPR/AED 
  • Must be 21, or have had a driver’s license for 3 consecutive years with a clean driving record (insurable by SCC), and a current driver’s license
  • For leading crews with a chainsaw component (LOC and W+): ability to test out at a B-level in chainsaw during crew leader training season

Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Experience with SCC or other conservation corps
  • Experience supervising a team or managing a classroom
  • Experience working with trauma-impacted communities

Essential Functions:  

  • Frequently required to walk, hike, sit, talk and listen 
  • Required to use hands to operate objects and tools, and to reach with hands and arms 
  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds 
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and the ability to focus 
  • Required to drive an SCC vehicle 
  • Enforce all SCC policies. SCC is a substance free work environment. All must refrain from the use of tobacco products, vaping, alcohol, and drugs while in the program 
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions 

To apply: Complete application here.

We prioritize and encourage opportunities for Black, Indigenous, Queer, and Trans, Women of Color (QTBIPOC). Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

For questions: Contact Brittany LeTrendre, SCC Adult Program Manager, at bletrendre@conservationlegacy.org 

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Category General / Stewardship, Outdoor Recreation
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