Field Supervisor - 2022
Title: Field Supervisor
Reports to: Program Director
Starting Salary: $725/week, paid biweekly
Location: Harrisonburg, VA
Estimated Start: ASAP (Jan/Feb 2022)
Estimated Position Duration: 8 months (subject to change)
Status: Full-Time, Exempt, Seasonal
Benefit Eligible: Health Insurance, annual wellness benefit, annual staff development benefit
Appalachian Conservation Corps:
The Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) works to connect young people to critical conservation service work across Appalachia and neighboring communities in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, DC and Pennsylvania. As a corps program, ACC partners with public land managers to identify, plan and complete projects that improve public access, habitat quality and economic development. ACC is a program of Conservation Legacy, a nationwide network of conservation service organizations founded to move forward the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Our programs focus on place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility and career development. ACC also provides an opportunity for members to learn about the local environment, environmental issues and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers.
The Field Supervisor’s primary role is to provide leadership, technical, and logistical field support to all ACC conservation crews. The position requires a significant field presence to assist crews with project needs, as well as management of the ACC shop. Field visits cover a multi-state footprint including, but not limited to, VA, WVa, PA, OH. Field time will consist of day crew visits in close proximity to the ACC office and overnight visits to camping crews. The schedule for this position is based on dynamic organizational needs. This individual will be expected to work as a member of a team and independently.
Essential Responsibilities and Functions:
- Maintain a consistent staff presence in the field, including frequent overnight stays to assist in managing on-the-ground project quality and quantity.
- Facilitate rig-up and de-rig events and procedures.
- Serve as technical expert and advisor on projects as needed, aligning project details with partner/agency standards and specifications
- Maintain strong working relationships with a diverse array of land managers including pre-site visits.
- Enforce and exemplify all ACC, CL, and agency policies and procedures while in the field and at office/shop.
- Assist in the planning and implementation of Crew Leader and Crew Member trainings
- Serve as substitute on crews as needed.
- Support, coach, mentor and supervise members and leaders in both technical and interpersonal work.
- Facilitate behavior improvement and disciplinary procedures as needed.
Shop and Vehicle Support
- Maintain shop space to operate efficiently, including tracking and repairing hand and power tools.
- Track, maintain, and purchase tools and field equipment.
- Assist in management and maintenance of ACC’s vehicle and trailer fleet.
- Assist Field Program Coordinator in tracking established annual budget for field related resources.
- Assist with food purchasing for crews when needed.
- Assist with other general duties as needed or assigned by supervisor.
- Collaborate with the Program Director and Field Program Coordinator to train, mentor, and supervise a broad scope of corps members and crew leaders across ACC programs.
- Assist ACC staff in identifying and developing an internal talent pool for future leadership positions inside and outside of ACC.
- Assist Field Program Coordinator in the implementation of crew leader and corps member trainings including technical work, protocols, leadership, and facilitation skills.
- Be a role model and mentor throughout training and field season.
- Work with other ACC staff on pressing projects as needed.
- Collaborate with other program staff to ensure proper resources are provided to crews in the field.
- Learn ACC’s Emergency Phone systems and take part in “on-call” responses as needed.
- 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 Plans goals.
Regular overnight travel and non-traditional work hours, inclusive of weekend and evening hours. To successfully perform essential functions the Field Supervisor is required to sit, stand, walk, and communicate. The Field Supervisor may be required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl on an infrequent basis. He/she must be able to operate office equipment, telephone, and computer and reach with hands and arms. The Field Supervisor may be required to lift up to 50 pounds unassisted. 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.
- Minimum of 2 years of experience supervising crews and facilitating the completion of high-quality conservation projects related to trail construction and maintenance, invasive species removal, fuels management, etc.
- Technical competence in dry stone masonry, full bench trail construction, fencing, invasive species removal, chainsaw operations, etc.
- Experience with tool maintenance, including rehandling and basic chain saw engine repair.
- Demonstrated ability to mentor young adults working in remote outdoors settings performing arduous physical labor.
- Flexibility, adaptability, and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment with variable scheduling and frequent problem-solving.
- The ability to communicate professionally both internally and externally with stakeholders.
- Minimum of educational experience: prior experience working for and supervising others within a conservation corps, land management agency or natural resource management organization focused on similar work and member development.
- Proficient in computer programs, databases, other technology; ability to manage data in an organized, consistent, and timely manner.
- Valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record.
- Must be able to pass a criminal history background check.
- Must hold a current Wilderness First Responder certification.
- Must hold a National Sawyer Chainsaw Certification Level A felling, bucking, limbing, with the ability to obtain a level B within a year.
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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