Youth Conservation Program Crew Leader

American Conservation Experience

Cuyahoga Valley National Park , Ohio

Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit conservation corps, is seeking professional, enthusiastic, and qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire local high school students for its summer Youth Conservation program in beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park!

Serving as a Youth Conservation Program Crew Leader with ACE will not only have a lifelong impact on you but also on the youth participating in the program. For seven weeks during the summer, you will help engage, educate, and inspire teens (ages 15-17) while leading them on various environmental and conservation projects. During the summer programs, participating youth will not only learn about conservation through hands-on field projects but also gain important skills in leadership, self-confidence, and teamwork. As an ACE Crew Leader, you will help effectively lead the youth towards accomplishing field projects while helping them become connected to their National Parks and help inspire them to become lifelong conservation stewards. The youth members will not only learn about the environment and conservation, they will also learn how to perform work projects as a team and develop skills necessary to succeed in the workplace.

Position Description:

As the ACE Youth Conservation Program Crew Leader, you will lead a crew of five-six locally recruited high school students to complete a variety of conservation field projects and environmental education activities within Cuyahoga Valley National Park and surrounding public parks near Akron, Ohio. 

Throughout the seven week summer program, the ACE youth crew may conduct the following:

  • Trail maintenance and construction
  • Wildlife management projects
  • Recreational site stewardship
  • Campsite maintenance, painting, and fencing
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Invasive plant removal

Each week, the youth crew will also participate in various environmental education activities to further foster their understanding of conservation and environmental stewardship.  As the ACE Crew Leader, you will be responsible for the overall safety of the crew and providing the necessary field leadership and skills training to accomplish the field projects, as well as leading environmental and outdoor education activities.

Specific duties will include:

  • Provide the day-to-day supervision of the crew on projects, as well as safely transporting the crew to project sites
  • Teach and enforce safe field practices and tool use
  • Communicate and work closely with project partners with weekly project scheduling
  • Document project progress through photo and GPS field data collection for weekly project reports
  • Complete member evaluations for ongoing mentorship and development
  • Foster strong work habits, conservation stewardship and team unity
  • Motivate, inspire, and mentor youth to become strong leaders in conservation and their communities

The ACE Youth Conservation Program Crew Leader must have strong interest and/or experience teaching or working with youth and be able to maintain a positive work environment to motivate youth in an outdoor setting.  

Season Schedule:

The ACE Youth Conservation Program Crew Leader must be available to begin the week of June 4, 2018 with ACE Crew Leader Training  and be able to commit to projects through July 21, 2018. Project schedule will be Monday- Friday.

Benefits: 

ACE Crew Leaders will receive a weekly base salary of $520-560, commensurate on experience, contributing 40 hours per week for 7 weeks.  Housing accommodations will be provided for the duration of the summer projects at no cost. Exemption Status: Exempt.

Summer 2018 Project Location:

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, OH. This seven-week ACE high school summer program will engage four local teens from the Akron, OH metropolitan area in various conservation stewardship projects throughout Cuyahoga Valley National Park, focusing primarily on assisting the National Park Service with completing habitat restoration, trail maintenance, and native plant restoration projects in the Park's native plant nursery.  The ACE High School crew would work on field project 3 days/week followed by one day each week dedicated to outdoor exploration (fishing, kayaking, hiking, etc.), conservation career development, and community engagement.

Qualifications:

  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • Must have the ability to legally work in the US
  • Must be willing and able to undergo a Federal criminal history background check
  • Must possess or be willing to obtain Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and BBP Certifications
  • Must possess a valid driver's license and a clean MVR that meets ACE's standards
  • Must be physically fit and able to perform a wide variety of physical manual labor for extended periods of time (up to 8 hours/day), often in adverse weather conditions in an outdoor setting
  • Must be able to maintain professional communication and relations with project partners, ACE staff, youth members and the general public
  • Must have 6-months experience with conservation work skills or related skills (Preferred: Trail construction/maintenance, habitat restoration, invasive plant removal, wildlife management, chainsaw)
  • Must be organized and positive and be able to communicate with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Commitment to ACE's mission and to public service through youth development and volunteerism. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with high school youth (ages 15-17)
  • Experience in environmental education leadership and/or facilitation
  • Experience in natural resource management
  • Experience working with youth in an outdoor setting
  • Experience and understand of working with underserved youth

HOW TO APPLY

Are you interested in working with the ACE Youth Conservation Program this summer?

Please upload your resume, thoughtful cover letter, and contact for three professional references to: https://usaconservationstaff.applicantpool.com/jobs/232027.html

Please note that this announcement may close at any time. This position will be open until the positions are filled. 

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