Watershed Strike Team Crew Leader
Title: Watershed Strike Team Crew Leader
Dates of Employment: March 20, 2023 – November 3, 2023
Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt
Location: Based out of Durango, CO.
Salary: $840-$880+ per week DOE
Health Benefit Eligible
Uniforms, Personal Protective Equipment and Food while in field
Colorado pesticide technician license
Potential for U.S. Forest Service recognized Chainsaw training
Deadline: open until filled
The 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. 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).
The Watershed Strike Teams will work with a variety of project partners, in a variety of locations. Some of which include the Montrose County invasive weed management program and as part of the Dolores River Restoration Partnership (DRRP). The DRRP is a public-private collaborative of conservation corps, non-profits, BLM managers, private landowners, and other community members surrounding the Dolores River watershed. The DRRP is in year 12 of an ambitious effort to treat invasive plant species along 175 miles of the Dolores River corridor. This crew will treat invasive weeds, and participate in revegetation and restoration activities such as seeding and planting.
Strike Teams also work with several watershed groups across the Southwest to perform vegetation surveying along streamside habitat. These watershed organizations are located in Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. They include the Dolores River Restoration Partnership, Escalante River Watershed Partnership, Friends of the Verde River, and Gila Watershed Partnership of Arizona. Vegetation monitoring is crucial to informing river restoration efforts across these watersheds that have been severely impacted by invasive species and other stressors. The primary responsibility of this crew is to collect vegetation monitoring and species inventory data according to each watershed’s rapid monitoring protocol. This crew works closely with field staff from each watershed group in order to collect data. This crew is designed to be flexible to meet the evolving needs of the various project partners.
Crew leaders will be responsible for leading a 2-3 person crew (1 leader, 1-2 members). While working on projects (i.e. on-hitch), the crew will camp together, prepare all meals together, and work together as a group to complete all tasks and chores. They will lead crews in completing technical conservation projects while instilling interpersonal skills and leadership skills. Crew leaders will also be responsible for leading crews in environmental stewardship, i.e. Leave No Trace, and risk management. A variety of soft skills and technical competencies are required to be successful in this role. See below for core competencies:
Flexibility, adaptability, and the ability to work and manage a crew remotely are essential for this Crew Leader position. Hitch schedules may vary between 4 on, 3 off or 5 on, 2 off to 8 on, 6 off or on rare occasions 12 on, 9 off. SCC does not provide accommodations off-hitch and Crew Leaders will be responsible for their own accommodations during that time.
Leadership & Mentorship
- Manage, supervise, and lead the day-to-day details of project work
- Implement skills training on work-site 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 community
- Must be willing to follow and enforce all SCC policies, maintain professional boundaries, and appropriately represent Southwest Conservation Corps. This includes creating a substance free work environment, refraining from the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and drugs while on hitch
Project Management, Safety & Implementation
- Train and motivate a crew to efficiently complete conservation projects on public lands
- Manage the on-the-ground quality and quantity of project work
- Think critically to resolve issues and solve problems.
- Communicate effectively & coordinate logistics with project partners, crew member, & SCC staff.
- 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.
- Consistently exercise discretion and judgment
- Must analyze and interpret data
- Complete professional documentation of time sheets, daily and weekly reports, corps member and peer evaluations, disciplinary action forms, incident reports, etc. in a timely manner
- Responsible for all project related outcomes and 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 - and therefore have a very clean driving record
- Must be able to speak, understand, read, and write English
- Consistently exercise discretion and judgment
- Analyze and interpret monitoring data as needed by each watershed group
- Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
- Experience crew leading with SCC or other conservation corps or youth corps
- Teaching, facilitation, and team-building experience with diverse groups of people
- Strong conflict resolution skills
- Botanical identification training/experience
- Experience performing vegetation surveys or monitoring
- Chainsaw experience
- Experience with application and handling of pesticides/herbicides. Current pesticide licensure in the state of Colorado is a plus
- ArcGIS certification or experience, including use of ArcMap, ArcGIS Online, Arc Collector and Survey123
- Experience with backpacking, wilderness living and travel, and LNT principles
- Sense of humor, spirit of adventure, and desire to make a positive difference and promote leadership in others
- Leadership experience
- Experience with LNT (Leave No Trace) principles
- Strong time-management skills and ability to work independently as well as with others
- Ability to manage all aspects of crew life and production effectively and efficiently within a 40-45-hour work week
- Flexibility, adaptability, and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment
- Willingness to learn and be a part of a dynamic community of peer leaders
- Willingness to commit fully to the program and its mission
- Willingness to work with herbicide
- Some experience with plant identification
- Physically capable of standing and hiking (6-10 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 50 pounds, in upwards of 100+ degree (F) heat
- Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads. Willingness to constantly teach and demonstrate best driving practices.
- Relevant Bachelor’s degree in a relevant degree (botany, range science, wildlife or conservation biology, natural resource management, ecology, watershed science, environmental science, GIS or other related field)
- Current 80 hour + medical certification (WFR, WEMT, or OEC) with CPR/AED or willingness to obtain certification before the start of the season
- Must be 21, have a clean driving record (insurable by SCC), a current driver’s license, and have had a valid driver’s license for at least 3 years
- Ability to pass Conservation Legacy’s criminal history checks
Complete the Watershed Strike Team Crew Leader application: https://sccorps.org/small-teams
Any questions can be addressed to Nate Peters, Watershed Programs Manager: email@example.com
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, political affiliation, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during application or recruiting process, please send a request to the hiring manager.
This position is located at 701 Camino del Rio, Ste 101, Durango, CO. View the Google Map in full screen.