Youth 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: Varying Start Dates - April 2nd, April 16, or May 13th, 2024. 

End Date: August 14th, 2024. With option to extend into the Fall 2024 season. 

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

Benefits: Health Benefit Eligible, PTO days built into schedule, Sick time and Discretionary time, Food provided while in the field. 

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


About Us: Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a program of the non-profit service organization, Conservation Legacy. SCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation projects primarily on public lands. While serving with SCC, members receive training on job skills, conflict resolution, leadership, teamwork, and environmental stewardship. Programs are developed using a step ladder approach to provide a progression of skill development based on a member’s needs.  

Position Overview: The Southwest Conservation Corps Crew Leaders perform many roles and are the key to our program’s success. This position requires a high degree of flexibility and a passion for working with youth outdoors. The position is multi-faceted and demanding, but with opportunity for enormous rewards. Successful candidates will demonstrate resourcefulness, effective communication skills, excellent judgement and decision-making, maturity, initiative, professionalism, and the desire to devote themselves to youth, the environment and a crew experience. The Crew Leader position requires patience, mentorship, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors. Leaders take a trauma informed approach to working with peers and youth in the outdoors. It also involves an administration role, where weekly paperwork is due in a timely manner to supervisors. Crew Leaders are ultimately responsible for successes and shortcomings of the crew, as well as safety and well-being.

Position Summary: This position is an opportunity to make a difference in young peoples’ lives. Leaders will be mentors, educators and facilitators for high school students, working to increase youth resiliency, build confidence and to be positive role models. SCC’s Youth Crew Leaders will spend 8 weeks in a crew leader training period, which will include a SCC orientation week, chainsaw training, technical trails training, a youth crew leader training, and prep weeks in addition to project work. In June, crew leaders will mentor a CLDP and co-lead two 5-week sessions with high school students ages 15 – 18. Crews will complete a variety of local conservation projects. The typical schedule is either: Eight days on followed by six days off, or five days on followed by two days off.  Depending on proximity to the work site, crews either return to town each day, or camp at the project site (we refer to this as a “hitch”) for its duration. The day starts with a stretch circle and safety meeting, includes two fifteen-minute breaks and a half hour break for lunch. 

Responsibilities/Required Skills:

Leadership & Mentorship 

  • Implement skills training on worksite and facilitate intentional discussions via informal lessons to contribute to the crew’s personal growth and group dynamics 
  • Promote individual corps member development and a healthy community 
  • Mentor and delegate project responsibilities and member development to Crew Leader in Development. 
  • Must be willing to follow and enforce all SCC policies, maintain professional boundaries, and appropriately represent Southwest Conservation Corps. This includes creating a substance free work environment, refraining from the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and drugs while involved in the program. 
  • Facilitate weekly educational lessons to the crew 
  • Crew Leaders paired with a Crew Leader in Development will be responsible for mentoring and supporting them through a Goal setting process and a development plan. 

Project Management & Implementation 

  • Train, motivate and supervise a crew of six to eight high school students to efficiently complete conservation projects on public lands within 8 hours of project work/day, while managing quality of work 
  • Think critically to resolve issues and solve problems 
  • Communicate effectively & coordinate logistics with your Crew leader or CLDP Pair, project partners, & SCC staff 

Safety & Risk Management 

  • Monitor, manage, and promote the crew’s physical and emotional safety on and off the work site 
  • Exhibit strong situational awareness & promote a culture of safety 
  • Transport crews and equipment safely in SCC’s vans or large SUVs with trailers 


  • Complete professional documentation of time sheets, daily and weekly reports, corps member and peer evaluations, performance improvement contracts, incident reports, and project related deliverables.
  • Manage food budget and credit card for purchases

Essential Functions: 

  • Frequently required to walk, hike, sit and talk or listen 
  • Required to use hands to operate objects, tools or controls, 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 
  • Must be able to speak, understand, read and write English 
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Leadership experience with youth or experience with experiential and/or environmental education 
  • Must hold current advanced medical certification (WFR, WEMT) with CPR/AED, or receive certification prior to start date. WFA accepted on case-by-case basis. 
  • Flexibility and adaptability while effectively managing a crew during a 8-12 hour workday 
  • Physically fit and able to work long days in adverse conditions on a variety of conservation projects 
  • High School diploma or GED certificate
  • Must be able to pass a criminal history background check
  • Must be 21, have a clean driving record (insurable by SCC) and a current driver’s license.  

Preferred Qualifications or strong desire to grow in the following: 

  • Experience with SCC or other conservation corps or youth corps
  • Facilitation, team building and conflict resolution experience 
  • Desire to make a positive difference and promote leadership in others 
  • Exhibits the ability to effectively work on diverse teams or with a variety of populations, including those underrepresented at our organization and those of BIPOC communities.
  • Ability to speak and understand Spanish 

Other Considerations: 

  • Having a vehicle or access to a vehicle is important for this position to transport yourself between your living situation & our work base. 
  • Ability to live, work, and camp in rural Colorado. Weather can be extreme and variable throughout the spring and summer season. 

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/inquiries/help: Contact Pamela Cisneros, SCC Youth Program Manager at 719-298-1475 or pcisneros@conservationlegacy.org

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Category General / Stewardship, Outdoor Recreation
Tags Trail Maintenance