John Heinz Urban Conservation Crew Leader


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Job Type Paid Internship
Salary Details $750/week
Deadline Apr 15, 2024

Please note: A supplemental application is required.

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In partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, MobilizeGreen seeks Urban Conservation Crew Leaders for our Summer 2024 program. The Crew Leader is responsible for co-leading a team of 12-15 high-school youth to work on conservation-related projects and participate in environmental education and leadership development activities at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge (JHNWR) in Philadelphia, PA. The program will be held over 6-8 weeks from Monday-Friday- likely from 9am-3:30pm. The goal of the program is to create environmental stewards and future leaders through community engagement, physical labor, and teamwork.

Crew Leaders work in collaboration with two co-leaders to facilitate student and group safety, personal development, environmental education, and work project management. Crew Leaders also represent MobilizeGreen on-site and coordinate with partners on designated projects. All Crew Leaders must attend a pre-program training.

MobilizeGreen is an organization committed to diversity. Women, people of color, indigenous people, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, military veterans, and members of other historically disenfranchised groups are encouraged to apply.


  • Program time: 8 weeks (6 weeks of program + 1 week training /1 week closeout)
  • Full time position

Program Dates:

  • Exact dates TBD
  • Training one week prior


  • $750/week
  • Hands-on training and learning experience
  • CPR, First Aid

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervise Crew Members during all program activities and conservation projects.
  • Provide an emotionally and physically safe environment in accordance with MobilizeGreen’s Field Operations Standards.
  • Work with a co-leader to manage group dynamics of the crew.
  • Assist with the leading and planning of environmental education, recreation activities, and team building lessons.
  • Drive van with crew members to/from project site and from 30th street station.
  • Train and supervise Crew Members in safe and proper use of tools and all aspects of the service project (may include trail construction, maintenance, wildlife habitat work, site restoration, etc.)
  • Facilitate worksite and project, tool and equipment logistics; tool maintenance; and work schedule in partnership with Project Leader and JHNWR Staff.
  • Care for and maintain all program equipment and tools used in the project.
  • Assist with administrative aspects of the crew including but not limited to required pre-/post-program logistics, daily work logs, incident reports, equipment inventories, evaluations and final report.
  • Communicate with full-time MobilizeGreen and JHNWR staff as required and as needed to report incidents & near misses, and program evaluations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements During Term of Service:

  • Uphold and act in accordance with MobilizeGreen’s Field Operations Standards.
  • Communicate effectively with MobilizeGreen staff, parents, agency partners, and co-leader during the program.
  • Participate fully in Crew Leader training.
  • Maintain a positive relationship with agency partners.
  • Provide an emotionally and physically safe environment for members.
  • Maintain a positive, professional relationship with the co-leaders.
  • Complete all necessary post-program paperwork, including a final report and end of program debrief with MobilizeGreen Staff.
  • Covid-19 vaccine by start date.


  • Must possess a valid driver’s license with no major violations within the past 3 years.
  • Must be 21 by program start date.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Must be comfortable driving a minivan in an urban environment.
  • Current First Aid/CPR Certification or willingness to get this before the start of the program (MobilizeGreen can assist you with this).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Youth/Young Adult Programming- Documented experience working with youth or young adults (ages 14-18) as a teacher, mentor, leader, counselor, or coach.
  • Teaching / Leadership-Experience working in an informal or formal educational environment or equivalent. Demonstrated ability to organize and effectively teach lessons, motivate teenage and/or young adult students, provide and accept constructive
    feedback and communicate effectively.
  • Outdoor Education / Skills-Experience / familiarity with outdoor skills, including: hiking, safety awareness, Leave No Trace, etc.
  • Conservation Project Skills-Experience in service project management, service learning, conservation, or trail/conservation projects and hand tool use. May also include experience with carpentry, landscaping, gardening, etc.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

This is physically demanding work. The work conditions are challenging and require the ability to handle strenuous work conditions,

such as steep terrain, as well as environmental conditions, including rain and extreme heat. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Crew Leaders will be expected to stand, walk, and carry gear for up to 8 hours per day while keeping morale up among members.


A supplemental application is required.

To Apply:
Rolling applications with a deadline by April 15, 2024. Applications subject to close early upon hiring decision.

Please attach to this application:

  • Updated resume.
  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the position
  • 3 references

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

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