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Women's Advanced Chainsaw Crew Leader

Crew Leader Positions (21+ years old)

Bahama, NC
ID: 2834-984

Title: Fall/Winter Coastal Women’s+ Advanced Chainsaw Crew Leader

Reports to: Program Coordinator

Locations: Durham, NC

Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Non-exempt

Start/end date: October 18, 2021 – March 11, 2021 

Wages: $685 / week

Benefits: Food provided while in the field, uniforms, U.S. Forest Service recognized Chainsaw training (Certificate awarded upon completion of program), and other development opportunities.

About Conservation Corps North Carolina: 
The mission of the Conservation Corps North Carolina (CCNC) is to empower young adults through meaningful outdoor work that benefits North Carolina’s land and water and creates healthy communities.  CCNC is a program of Conservation Legacy that partners with ACC and public land managers in North Carolina. CCNC engages motivated young adults (ages 16-27) to complete challenging and impactful conservation service projects throughout the region. Projects may include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, hazard fuel reduction, prescribed burning, and ecological restoration.  Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises. 

For the health and safety of our crews, staff and communities, projects may be postponed or adjusted due to COVID-19. The information provided in this Position Description is an outline of how our program has typically been operating, however is subject to change. As this situation develops, and decisions are made, we will provide updates. We encourage you to continue with the application process and we will keep consistent and direct communication with all applicants.  

Position Summary:

This is an exciting opportunity to lead a conservation crew with Conservation Corps North Carolina specifically for cis women, trans women, and non-binary crew members. Leaders will be trained in and expected to safely use chainsaws and other trail tools to complete a variety of conservation projects in partnership with local public land managers. The Women’s+ crew provides a supportive learning environment where members work, learn from, and grow with one another while gaining skills and certifications to propel them into a career in environmental stewardship.  

Crews consists of 6 members and 2 leaders. Crews work in front and backcountry locations in all weather conditions. Standard schedule consists of 8 days on-hitch and 6 days off with some exception. On-hitch, crews camps together, prepare all meals together, and work together as a group to complete all projects and chores. CCNC does not provide accommodations off-hitch and Crew Leaders will be responsible for their own accommodations during that time. 

Crew Leaders will lead crews in completing technical conservation projects including Hazard Tree Removal, Fire Line Construction, and Trail Maintenance while instilling interpersonal skills and leadership skills. Crew leaders will also be responsible for leading crews in environmental stewardship, i.e. Leave No Trace, and risk management. A variety of soft skills and technical competencies are required to be successful in this role. See below for core competencies:


Leadership & Mentorship

  • Integrate values pertaining to DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) within the corps
  • Implement skills training on worksite and facilitate intentional discussions via informal lessons to contribute to the crew’s personal growth and group dynamics.
  • Foster 21stcentury work skills in corps members, i.e.: collaboration & teamwork, creativity & imagination, critical thinking, problem-solving, flexibility & adaptability
  • Must be willing to follow and enforce all CCNC policies, maintain professional boundaries, and appropriately represent CCNC. This includes creating a substance free work environment, refraining from the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and drugs while involved in the program

Project Management & Implementation

  • Implement a 10-hour workday and ensure professionalism is always maintained
  • 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
  • Effectively coordinate logistics with project partners, co-leader, & SCC staff

Risk Management

  • Analyze, manage, and inform on hazardous conditions and crew health
  • Exhibit strong situational awareness & promote a culture of safety
  • Transport crew and equipment safely in CCNC’s vans or large SUVs with trailers


  • Meet all deadlines for documentation, i.e., timesheets, evaluations, incident reports
  • Record all project related outcomes and deliverables.
  • Manage food budget and credit card for purchases.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • To qualify for the Advanced Chainsaw Crew Leader Position, you must have a current B Faller / Fal2 Chainsaw Certification
  • To qualify you must be a cis woman, trans woman, or non-binary
  • Willingness to commit fully to the program and its mission
  • Ability to effectively and manage all aspects of crew life and production within a 40-50-hour work week
  • Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment
  • 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
  • Must be able to speak, understand and write English
  • High School diploma or GED certificate
  • Must hold current/relevant medical certification (WFR, WEMT, or OEC) with CPR/AED
  • Must be 21, have a clean driving record (insurable by Conservation Legacy) and a current driver’s license.
  • Must be able to pass Conservation Legacy’s criminal history check requirements

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with CCNC or other conservation corps or youth corps
  • Experience with experiential and/or environmental education
  • Experience with backpacking, wilderness living and travel, and LNT principles.
  • Facilitation and team-building experience with diverse groups of people
  • Strong time-management skills and ability to work independently as well as with others
  • Desire to work on a variety of conservation-based projects
  • Strong conflict resolution skills
  • Leadership experience with youth or young adults
  • Fal 2 / B Faller Chainsaw Certification
  • Rigging experience
  • Technical trail experience
  • Sense of humor, spirit of adventure, and desire to make a positive difference and promote leadership in others.


Conservation Legacy is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.


To apply: 

Upload resume, cover letter and complete the Crew Leader application:

 Any questions can be addressed to:

 Andy Sommerville, Program Coordinator –

At Conservation Corps North Carolina, equity is a core value. To strive toward this value, we encourage opportunities for Black, Indigenous, Queer, Trans, and Women of Color (QTBIPOC) and prioritize engagement of these populations as driven by the intended outcomes of the programs.

This position is located at Camp Slocum near Durham, NC. 918 State Forest Road, Bahama, NC 27503. View the Google Map in full screen.

This position is located in Bahama, NC. View the Google Map in full screen.