Head Crew Leader - 2022
Title: Head Crew Leader
Start Date: Early February
End Date: Variable (Late November/December)
Reports to: Program Coordinator
Starting Salary: $685.00/ Week, Paid Bi-Weekly
Location: Camp Slocum (Near Durham, NC)
Status: Full Time Seasonal / Exempt
NOTE: We will begin the interview process for this position starting January 2022.
Conservation Corps North Carolina:
The mission of 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 public land managers in North Carolina to engage motivated young adults (ages 16-30) to complete challenging and impactful conservation service projects throughout the region. Projects may include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, hazard fuel reduction, and ecological restoration. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises
Projects take place across North Carolina, including work with the US Forest Service, the National Park Service, State Parks, and other land managers. During their time in the field, CCNC field crews camp overnight and work outdoors in all types of weather conditions, performing heavy manual labor related to environmental conservation and restoration projects. These hands-on projects include visitor access improvements, trail construction and maintenance, habitat restoration, invasive species treatments, historic restoration, disaster relief, and much more. Most projects require hiking out to remote work sites for the day with tools, equipment, and day pack.
Conservation Corps North Carolina's Head 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, situational flexibility, effective communication skills, excellent judgement, maturity, initiative, professionalism, and the desire to devote themselves to a crew experience where the needs of others are placed above oneself. The Crew Leader position requires mentorship, patience, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors. Crew Leaders are ultimately responsible for successes and shortcomings of the crew. Head Crew leaders will not only be responsible for their daily tasks when leading crews, they will also be responsible for supporting CCNC Staff in project logistics, recruitment, and administrative tasks when necessary. This position may be joined by an AmeriCorps Crew Leader, an AmeriCorps leadership position focusing on the continued development of leadership skills. While this will be a collaborative relationship, the Staff Crew Leader bears ultimate responsibility for member development, as well as high quality and high quantity project accomplishments for our partners.
Projects take place across the entire state of North Carolina, including work with the US Forest Service, the National Park Service, State Park Service and other land managers. During their time in the field, Crew Leaders camp overnight and work outdoors in all types of weather conditions, performing heavy manual labor related to environmental conservation and restoration projects. These hands-on projects include visitor access improvements, trail construction and maintenance, habitat restoration, invasive species treatments, historic restoration, disaster relief, and much more. Most projects require hiking out to remote work sites for the day with tools, equipment, and day pack.
Typically, Crew Leaders will meet at the CCNC Office in (Bahama, NC), travel in a crew vehicle to their project site and remain in the field for 9-10 days at a time, followed by 4-5 days off. While in the field, crews work 8-10 hours a day. The day starts with a stretch circle and safety meeting and includes two fifteen-minute breaks and a half hour break for lunch.
Once Crew Leaders are selected and prior to their start date, they are required to complete an online enrollment process that includes completing e-forms, uploading IDs, and beginning their background check process. For those with limited access to online platforms, accommodations may be available and can be discussed during the interview process.
Essential Responsibilities and Functions:
Leadership & Mentorship
- Manage, supervise, and lead the day-to-day details of project work.
- 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, supportive community.
- Mentor AmeriCorps Crew Leader while delegating project responsibilities, crew life oversight, and member development to them.
- Mentor other Crew Leaders and support them with tasks and administrative responsibilities.
- Must be willing to follow and enforce all CCNC policies, maintain professional boundaries, and appropriately represent Conservation Corps North Carolina. This includes creating a substance free work environment, refraining from the use of alcohol and drugs while involved in the program.
- Train and motivate a crew of six to eight young adults to complete conservation projects efficiently on public lands.
- Visit and plan project work ahead of hitches.
- Delegate project work & investment among ACL and crew.
- Manage on-the-ground quality and quantity of project work.
- Think critically to resolve issues and solve problems.
- Communicate effectively & coordinate logistics with project partners, ACL, members, and CCNC staff.
- Work with Program Coordinator and Field Supervisor's to plan seasonal trainings.
- Facilitate and supervise training hitches for both Crew Leader Training and Crew Member Trainings.
- Support recruitment staff with interviews and reference checks as it relates to Crew Member Hiring.
- Successfully engages, leads and supports an inclusive work environment for those of underrepresented populations within the organization and the communities we serve.
- Leads and/or participates in organizational-wide teams, projects and initiatives that support the work of the Strategic Plan goals.
Periodic overnight travel and non-traditional work hours, inclusive of weekend and evening hours. To successfully perform essential functions this position is required to sit, stand, walk, speak and hear. This position may be required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl on an infrequent basis. They must be able to operate office equipment, telephone, and computer. The ability to drive an organizational vehicle is also required. Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- 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.
- Minimum of 2 years of experience in youth development or corps field.
- Must hold current Wilderness First Responder Certification with CPR/ AED.
- Must hold current USFS A Sawyer Certification.
- Willingness to deploy on a Disaster Response.
- Technical trail construction and maintenance experience.
- Must have a clean driving record (insurable by CCNC) and a current driver’s license.
- Experience with influencing diverse groups of employees to achieve common goals.
- Flexibility, adaptability, and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment.
- The ability to carry out assigned work independently or with minimal supervision.
- The ability to communicate effectively, manage complexity cultivate innovation, drive and influence results of oneself and others.
- Ability to work well with others and to seek assistance when needed to carry out assignments.
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs and applications, or similar platforms.
- Ability to keep others, in remote locations, accountable to expectations.
- Must be able to pass the organization’s criminal history background check requirements.
- Experience leading Conservation Legacy programs, members, or administrative systems.
- Full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of employment and ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting.
- USFS B Sawyer Certification.
- Rigging competency.
- Rock work competency.
- Experience with trail design and layout.
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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