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YCC Crew Leader - Southeast Conservation Corps


Crew Leader Positions (21+ years old)

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2001 N. Chamberlain Ave Chattanooga, Tennessee

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The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Crew Leader position is a non-AmeriCorps Crew Leader position based out of Chattanooga, TN.  YCC Crew Leaders will start their term with orientation and leadership training before beginning work in the surrounding areas of Chattanooga, TN. YCC Crew Leaders will be assigned to work with members for the duration of the summer program. 


Position Description: 

Safety is the number one responsibility. Corpsmembers, and Crew Leaders are expected to work hard, and may hike up to ten miles a day, lift up to 50 pounds and must be able to communicate effectively. Crew Leaders must communicate regularly with the Corpsmembers, the YCC Field Supervisor and project partners. Crew Leaders are responsible for daily and weekly paperwork as well as incident paperwork, disciplinary paperwork and evaluations. Additionally, Crew Leaders must demonstrate proficiency conducting and training a crew in general conservation work; transport crews to and from projects sites in provided transportation; and establish and maintain a positive, safe working and learning environment for the crew. Crew Leaders must maintain Southeast Conservation Corps equipment and repair tools by sharpening and handling as well as maintain an inventory of crew equipment. 


Southeast Conservation Corps is a drug and alcohol-free work place. Crew Leaders must supply his/her own personal outdoor gear and equipment such as a day pack, work pants, and work boots. SECC will provide the tools, protective gear and transportation to projects. 

Project Work: 

The YCC crews will be involved in general conservation work that may include trail work; invasive species work and habitat restoration; facilities and fence maintenance; and resource protection and preservation at recreation sites. 


Crew Leaders will participate in SECC Crew Leader Training, and other possible trainings. 


SECC offers two youth crew models: Camping crews and Day crews. For Camping crews, Crew Leaders will meet at the SECC Office in Chattanooga, TN, travel in a crew vehicle to their project site and remain in the field for 2 weeks at a time, followed by 2 days off then 2 more weeks in the field. For Day crews, CLs will meet the crew at the SECC Office each morning and go home each evening (housing is not provided during off time in certain circumstances). While in the field, CLs work 8- hour 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 CLs are selected and prior to their start date, they are required to complete an online enrollment process that includes completing e-forms, uploading IDs, enrolling with AmeriCorps, 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.  

During YCC the typical schedule is 2 weeks in the field at a time: Monday to Friday 7:30 AM – 4 PM with weekends off in the field providing programming for the crew. Each crew has a designated meeting site at which leaders pick up and drop off Corpsmembers. Mentors will maintain two 15-minute breaks and a 30-minute lunch each day. Mentors are also responsible for transporting corpsmembers to the project sites. Mentors may work up to an additional hour per day to facilitate corpsmember transportation.  

Dates: June 1st – Aug. 6  


YCC Crew Leaders earn $685 - 735 per week depending on experience. 

This position is located at 2001 N. Chamberlain Ave, Chattanooga, TN. View the Google Map in full screen.