Conservation Crew Leader

Teamworks Teens Inc

Nederland, Colorado

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $21-$26
Required Experience 0 - 1 years
Crew working on the Colorado Trail

TEENS, Inc. is a non-profit organization based in Nederland, Colorado, dedicated to supporting, educating, and empowering youth and their families to make healthy choices and thrive. One of our impactful programs, Lincoln Hills TeamWorks (referred to as TeamWorks), is a youth education-based employment initiative designed to connect young individuals with nature and community. TeamWorks brings together a diverse group of youth from both rural and urban areas to collaborate on projects alongside public land managers and non-profit organizations. Learn more about our mission and impact at TeamWorks Colorado.

Job Description: 

TeamWorks isn't just a summer experience; it's an opportunity for youth to forge a deeper connection with their community and the natural world. This conservation-based youth employment program unites young people (ages 15-20) from urban and rural areas to work collaboratively on various projects, such as trail building, fire mitigation, watershed restoration, and noxious weed removal. Our goal is to attract and hire underrepresented youth, providing them with the chance to work on a conservation crew. Crews engage with project partners across the Front Range of Colorado, fostering a work environment that is both enjoyable and supportive. Many youth return year after year, forming strong bonds with each other, their crew leaders, our organization, and the lands they work on.

Crews work 10 hours a day, Mon-Thurs, on an assortment of conservation projects including trail building and maintenance, fire mitigation, watershed restoration, and noxious weed removal, and all participants and leaders return home each night.  In addition, each crew will participate in a 4 day, 3 night campout once during the season, providing an opportunity to strengthen the bonds of the crew and providing many participants an opportunity for healthy risk taking.  Crew Leaders will have three day weekends to explore the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado, which are easily accessible from everywhere we work!

Position Overview: Crew Leader

As a Crew Leader, you'll lead and mentor a diverse group of 12 crew members, fostering individual growth and maintaining group morale throughout the season. Collaborating with public land managers and non-profit organizations, you'll coordinate and complete vital projects such as trail building, fire mitigation, and watershed restoration. Effective communication is paramount as you engage with the crew, co-leader, and project partners, ensuring the seamless execution of tasks. Your commitment to safety, demonstrated through risk management proficiency and maintaining a secure work environment, is crucial. The Crew Leader role is not only about project success but most importantly about cultivating a supportive community, forging lasting relationships among crew members, and contributing to the overall mission of empowering and educating youth in their connection with nature and community.

Key Responsibilities

  • Supervise Crews: Pick up youth at designated meeting spots and drive them to the project site. Crew leaders will oversee the work, safety and group dynamics of the crew.
  • Positive Youth Development: Prioritizing mentorship, fostering individual strengths, and creating a safe, collaborative environment. Through effective communication, feedback and inclusive leadership, we not only achieve project goals but contribute to the personal growth, resilience, and skill development of each team member.
  • Communication and Documentation: Demonstrate effective communication with the crew, co-leader, project partners, and the Teamworks administration team. Complete accurate and detailed documentation of time sheets, weekly debriefs, crew member evaluations, incident reports, and project work reports.
  • Safety and Risk Management: Manage risk at the work site, oversee and maintain crew safety, and facilitate a safe and comfortable work environment while upholding TEENS, Inc. policies.
  • Project Coordination: Partner with various land management agencies and non-profit organizations to complete needed projects, including fire mitigation, trail building and maintenance, watershed restoration, noxious weed removal, and light construction projects.

Job Details:

    • Entire season runs from May 13th - August 12th, 2024
      • May 13th - May 30th - Paid training 
      • June 3rd - June 7th - Crew Orientation
      • June 10th - August 12th - Season with crew
    • All crews work Mon-Thursday, 10 hour days
      • Exceptions: Orientation week (You will work June 3rd and 1 day between June 4th and June 7th) Juneteenth week work June 17th, 18th, 20th, 21st (Wednesday June 19th off, work Friday June 21st), Independence Day week (work July 1st and 2nd).
  • Pay: $21-$26/hour depending on experience. Crew leaders are paid for driving time with the crew to the work site. 
  • Positions available are based in Denver, Conifer, Aurora, Bailey, Nederland, Gilpin County and Idaho Springs, Colorado.

Please fill out the application online or visit www.teamworkscolorado.org for more information. Direct any questions to allison@teensinc.org. We will reach out to applicants within two weeks of application submission.

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Category Outdoor Recreation, Restoration, Forestry
Tags Trail Maintenance