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Atwater Youth Crew Member - Summer 2022


Non-Americorps Crew

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North Brookfield, Massachusetts

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Title: Youth Crew Member  

Reports to: Crew Leader 

Dates: Summer 2022 – (TBD - start and end dates will be driven by local school districts) 

Location:  North Brookfield, MA, Camp Atwater

Status: Full-time, Exempt, Seasonal 

Benefit Eligible: None per Personnel Policies 

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Appalachian Conservation Corps:   

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. Our programs focus on service, 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 and issues affecting it and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers. ACC welcomes national applicants, but also emphasizes the engagement of local individuals who represent the communities in which they serve. 

Position Summary: 

Conservation Legacy and the Urban League of Springfield are teaming up to launch this new Corps program at the Urban League's Camp Atwater, a historic African American Camp in North Brookfield, and the surrounding areas. 

This is an entry-level role which will be supported by two experienced and trained Crew Leaders, as well as Program Staff and Project Partners. Work will vary between trail restoration, light construction, and mentorship of Camp Atwater day campers in conservation programs and practices.   

This crews will consist of six youth members, and two Crew Leaders. The crew will work with parks, local organizations, and agencies around the Springfield area to complete environmental conservation projects as well as educational and professional development opportunities. This program focuses on engaging diverse local youth, ages 16 – 18, in meaningful learning and service opportunities.  While prior experience with the outdoors or outdoor work can be helpful, it is not a necessity for this position.  We ask that Crew Members embrace learning opportunities, face challenges, and build community with their crew.  

Participants will need to bring their own lunches.  Necessary equipment includes sturdy footwear, work pants, and face coverings. Uniform shirts (2 per participant) and personal protective equipment including hard hats, gloves, eyewear, and ear protection will be provided by Conservation Legacy.  Some shared equipment is available to be borrowed for the season, such as backpacks, rain jackets, and extra water bottles and face coverings. 

Project Work: 

This crew will work on critical conservation and recreation access projects for public benefit and ecological health. Some examples of projects are trail maintenance and construction, habitat improvement, sign installation, habitat improvement, and developed recreation area maintenance. Necessary tasks in these projects include using hand tools for digging, raking, and trimming brush, as well as moderate rock work, and minor construction (hammering, drilling, measuring).


This will be a 4-week session during the summer.

Participants will work 8-hour days, Monday-Friday, and return to their homes during the night.  No camping overnight is required.  

A typical day will begin with participants arriving at the meeting location no later than 7:30 am.  The crew will then travel together to the day’s work site for an 8-hour workday.  The crew will break for lunch and snacks.  Participants will arrive back at the meeting location to return home by 4:30pm.  

Participants will have Saturdays and Sundays off. 

Prior to their start date, selected Youth Crew Members must complete an online enrollment process which includes completing e-forms, and uploading IDs, as well as getting parental signatures on paper forms (for members under 18). For those with limited access to online platforms, accommodations may be available and can be discussed during the interview process. Participants who are 18 years of age or older will also be asked to complete a background check. 

Crew Life: 

Crew Leaders provide project expertise, mentorship, training, and support for the success of all participants. Conservation Legacy supports a culture of feedback and growth. Crew Members will set goals at the beginning of the season and review their performance throughout their season through formal and informal check-ins, self-evaluations, and review with their Crew Leader. Evaluations will cover areas such as professionalism, responsibility and leadership, communication, engagement, productivity, safety, and equipment use. Crew Members will also be asked to evaluate their Crew Leaders’ performance, the overall program, and their experience at the end of their term. 


Conservation Legacy is an independent, non-residential program. Youth Crew Members are responsible for their own housing, food, and transportation when not in the field. While members will be asked to supply as much of their personal equipment as possible, loaner gear will be available if needed. A gear list is provided upon acceptance into the program. Please ask immediately if there is loaner gear you require. Conservation Legacy will provide tools, protective gear, and transportation between Conservation Legacy Offices and project sites. 

Youth Crew Members are asked to work hard, stay positive, and be flexible with changing schedules, weather conditions, and project needs. This is a seasonal position; Youth Crew Members are expected to fully commit to the experience, expectations, and timeline. 


  • $15/hour for service project work (up to 40 hours per week), paid bi-weekly  
  • Member Assistance Program – 3 free sessions of support with a counseling or work-life balance specialist 
  • Uniform shirts, helmet, work gloves, eye protection, and other necessary safety equipment are provided 
  • On-the-job training 
  • Additional subject-specific certifications may be offered (Leave No Trace, etc.) 
  • Professional development opportunities (mentorship, resume support, alumni listserv, etc.) and exposure to natural resource career paths 

Physical Requirements: 

To successfully perform essential functions, the Youth Crew Member is required to sit, stand, walk, speak and hear. The Youth Crew Member may be required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl on an infrequent basis. He/she must be able to hold hand tools such as shovels and rakes and reach with hands and arms. The Youth Crew Member may be required to lift up to 50 pounds unassisted. Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment.  
  • Must be willing and able to work in an outdoor environment. 
  • Current high school student (or equivalent), recent graduate, or GED.  
  • Must be between the ages of 16 and 18, and a US citizen. You must be 16 years of age or older prior to the start of the program and cannot turn 19 years old before the end of the program.  
  • Have US Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency status  
  • Any selected participants 18 years old or more must successfully complete a background check. 


Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements for Conservation Legacy Programs 

Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization. These requirements are written the same for all positions and therefore may not apply directly to your particular position.    

Participation and Expedition Behavior: 

  • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences.  
  • Contribute to a safe learning environment, no harassment of others for any reason.  
  • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training and national service. Members must commit to participating in all crew/team activities, including service days in local communities where applicable.  
  • Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues and organization staff.  
  • Have the cognitive ability to learn necessary skills and apply them to effectively carry out the service work requirements  
  • Appropriately represent ACC to the public and project partners at all times.  

Safety and Judgment Expectations: 

  • Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance. You must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds.  
  • Effectively perceive, understand and follow directions by others so that you will be able to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques to manage hazards. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be given during exposure to the hazard. 
  • Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions.  
  • Perceive and comprehend significant and apparent hazards, including those hazards previously identified by others.  
  • Respond appropriately to stress or crises.  
  • If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.  

Environmental Ethics: 

  • Learn and practice ‘Leave No Trace’ techniques.  
  • Outdoor Skills and general physical fitness (where appropriate). 
  • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project. Additionally, remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed to remain generally healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries.  
  • Work in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for consecutive workdays during the duration of the service term.  Conditions of this environment may vary significantly and may include severe and/or trying weather. The remoteness is such that it may require at a minimum one hour to reach the nearest advanced medical care.  

Substance Free: 

In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in program activities and while on organization property.  




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