2022 LV Youth Crew Leader
Title: Youth Crew Leader
Reports to: Youth Programs Manager
Location: Salida, CO
Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt
Dates: Flexible spring start – August 17th, 2022
Wages: $685-$735/week Depending on Experience and Qualifications
Health Benefits: TBD
Benefits: 3 days’ discretionary time, 2 PTO days built in, Food provided while in the
field, uniforms, protective equipment, U.S. Forest Service recognized OHLEC Chainsaw
training, QPR Suicide Prevention Training, Mandatory Reporter Training,
Trauma Informed Approach Training, Restorative Justice Approach Training Possible Cross Cut Training, Technical Trails Training, Access to Mental Health support
Multiple positions opened until filled.
**For the health and safety of our crews, staff and communities, projects may be postponed due to COVID-19. The information provided below 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.
Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a program of the non-profit service organization, Conservation Legacy, that is built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that operated from 1933 – 1942. The SCC Los Valles office is located on the ancestral lands of the Ute people, in Salida Colorado, and serves the Arkansas River Valley and the San Luis Valley: the two valleys, or los valles.SCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation projects 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. Members receive a weekly living allowance, training, and an AmeriCorps Education Award (for qualifying individuals).
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. Los Valles youth crews are heavily composed of Hispano/a youth, youth from challenging homes, and youth from rural communities. SCC’s Youth Crew Leaders will spend 8 weeks in a crew leader training period, which will include a Leadership skills 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 14-18. Crews will complete a variety of local conservation projects. Crew Leaders can expect to work 9 days on and 5 days off during the training season, and 5 days on, 2 days off during the summer.
At SCC Los Valles, we hold that social equity and environmental justice are the responsibility of all. Southwest Conservation Corps’ Crew Leaders perform many roles and are the key to our program’s success. 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.
Crew leaders will be paired with another Crew Leader OR with an AmeriCorps Crew Leader in Development (CLDP). This will be determined based on experience and preference. Leaders who take on the mentorship of a CLDP will receive a bump in pay. They will be responsible for mentoring the CLDP through development plans and goal setting. The intention of this pairing is to give the CLDP the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to take on full Crew Leader responsibilities the following season.
**In response to COVID-19, we have adjusted our typical schedule to keep health and safety as our top priority. Currently, the typical schedule is either: Nine days on followed by five days off (During training season), or five days on followed by two days off (During Youth Crew Season). 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.
Leadership & Mentorship
- Embody equity, ensure inclusion, and embrace diversity (equity, inclusion, and diversity) within the corps. This includes but is not limited to:
- Lead and participate in Land Acknowledgements that recognize Indigenous communities who have historically and continue to steward the Los Valles region.
- Employ a restorative justice approach to disciplinary incidents
- Facilitate and engage in environmental education that includes the fraught history of public lands in the United States.
- Employ a trauma-informed approach to building crew dynamics and addressing interpersonal conflict
- Be accountable to ensuring the SCC Los Valles community centers the experiences of members of historically marginalized populations, including Black, Indigenous, Queer, Trans and Women of Color (QTBIPOC), and young adults with systems-involvement
- Mentor and delegate project responsibilities and member development to Crew Leader in Development.
***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
- Implement and enforce SCC’s COVID-19 Pandemic Policies and Procedures (provided to applicants during interview process), including mask use, handwashing, and sanitizing crew vehicles and gear.
- 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, disciplinary action forms, incident reports, and project related deliverables.
- Manage food budget and credit card for purchases
- 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
- 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 March 29th, 2022. Assistance may be available to support the cost.
- High School Diploma/GED
- Ability to effectively & efficiently 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 commit fully to the program and its mission.
- Physically fit and able to work long days in adverse conditions
- Must be able to pass the organization's criminal history background check
- Must be 21, have a clean driving record (insurable by SCC) and a current driver’s license.
- Full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of employment and ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting
Preferred Qualifications or strong desire to grow in the following:
- Experience with SCC or other conservation corps or youth corps
- Facilitation and team-building experience with diverse groups of people
- Desire to work on a variety of conservation-based projects.
- Strong conflict resolution skills
- Sense of humor, spirit of adventure, and 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.
For SCC Los Valles, equity is a core value. To put power behind this statement, we prioritize and encourage opportunities for Black, Indigenous, Queer, and Trans, Women of Color (QTBIPOC). Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply through our website.
Questions can be addressed to:
Aubrey Tamietti | Youth Programs Manager
SCC Los Valles – Salida, CO Office
719-298-1475 | Aubrey@conservationlegacy.org
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.
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