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Jemez Ranger District Crew Leader

Crew Leader Positions (21+ years old)

Jemez Pueblo
ID: 2689-984

Dates: 6/14/2021-8/20/2021 (3 month service term)
Location: Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez and Cuba Ranger Districts, NM
Salary: $685/wk
Age Requirement: 21+

Schedule: Four(4) ten-hour days/wk, Mon-Thurs, some Fridays

Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps (ALCC)  Overview - Leading our Nations back to ecological and cultural well- being

The ALCC engages motivated Indigenous young adults, ages 18 -30. Ancestral Lands has 5 locations in Acoma Pueblo, Zuni Pueblo, Albuquerque, NM, Gallup NM and Hopi, AZ. Ancestral Lands engages Indigenous youth in and around their communities to engage in meaningful conservation work in the communities as well as throughout  Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Projects may include, trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation 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.

The Jemez District Crew will consist of 5 individuals who will assist US Forest Service staff in a variety of project work including: fencing in riparian areas, archaeological surveys, wildlife surveys, general maintenance of public use areas, etc.  The crew will have the opportunity to directly work with the Forest Service's Archaeology, Biology, Fuels, and Recreation departments to complete important conservation projects across both the Jemez and Cuba Ranger Districts.  The crew will work 40-hr work weeks, Mon-Thurs.  ALCC is a non-residential program and does not offer housing.

Crew Leader Applicants must be over 21 years old and have a High School diploma or High School Equivalency Degree. 

Required Skills

General Qualifications:   The AL Crew Leader emphasizes Leadership, Conservation, and Corpsmember Development.

Leadership –
Crew Leaders must have experience or a strong desire to mentor a diverse group of young individuals.  Must provide leadership in AL’s service programs and work alongside CLDP (crew leader in development) to maintain crew functions. They will lead, mentor, manage, and participate in the day-to-day details of crew life at work.  Leadership duties with AL require that all crew leaders must have a clean driving record (insurable) and a current driver’s license.  If you have any major driving infractions within the past 5 years (i.e. DUI, DWI, accidents, Reckless Endangerment, etc.), please check with AL staff to confirm whether or not you are insurable.  Final acceptance decisions are contingent upon your driving record.  Individuals that cannot be insured under AL’s insurance policy may not be selected for the Crew Leader program.

Conservation – 
Previous experience with a conservation corps is preferred but not required. Participants will spend their term with AL learning and strengthening their conservation skills on projects throughout their communities and the Southwest. These skills will include, primarily, trail maintenance and construction and forestry work; additional skills that may be gained (depending on contract work) include fencing, invasive species identification and eradication, stream and river restoration, habitat restoration, ecological restoration, campground improvement, and rock work. 

Corpsmember Development
 – Previous experience as an outdoor educator and/or mentor is preferred but not required.  Must have a strong desire to teach and facilitate discussion with crew members.  Must mentor CLDP (crew leader in development) throughout term.

Required Experience


Leadership & Mentorship

* Manage, supervise, and lead the day-to-day details of project work.

* Implement skills training on work-site 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 Crew Development while delegating project responsibilities, overseeing crew life, and member development to them.

* Must be willing to follow and enforce all AL policies, maintain professional boundaries, and appropriately represent Ancestral Lands. This includes creating and maintaining substance free work environment, refraining from the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and drugs while involved in the program.

Project Management & Implementation

* Train and motivate a crew of four to eight young adults to efficiently complete conservation projects on public lands 

* Delegation of project work & investment among co-leader and crew

* Manage the on-the-ground quality and quantity of project work

* Think critically to resolve issues and solve problems

* Communicate effectively & coordinate logistics with project partners, co-leader, & AL 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 crew and equipment safely in AL vans or large SUVs with trailers


* Complete professional documentation of time sheets, daily and weekly reports, corps member and peer evaluations, disciplinary action forms, incident reports, etc.

* Responsible for all project related outcomes and deliverables.

* Manage credit card for purchases, document and report all purchases.

Minimum Qualifications:

* Willingness to commit fully to the program and its mission.

* Leadership experience with  indigenous youth or young adults.

* Excellent organizational & communication skills

* Strong time-management skills and ability to work independently as well as with others

* Ability to effectively and efficiently manage all aspects of crew life and production within a 40-50-hour work week.

* Willingness to learn and be a part of a dynamic community of peer leaders.

* Must be adaptive, patient and able to maintain a positive perspective throughout.

* Physically fit and able to work long days in adverse conditions

* Experience with backpacking, wilderness living and travel, LNT principles

* Must be 21 or over, have a clean driving record (insurable by AL) and a current driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

* Experience with ALCC or other conservation corps or youth corps

* Experience with experiential and/or environmental education

* Facilitation and team-building experience with diverse groups of people

* Strong conflict resolution skills

* Chainsaw experience

* Relevant Bachelor’s Degree

* Sense of humor, spirit of adventure, and desire to make a positive difference and promote leadership in others

* High School diploma or GED certificate

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

* Required to drive an AL vehicle

* Must be able to speak, understand, read and write English

* Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

This position is located in Jemez Pueblo. View the Google Map in full screen.