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SCC Watershed/Ecological Monitoring Field Supervisor


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701 Camino del Rio, Ste 101, Durango, Colorado

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Title: Watershed/Ecological Monitoring Field Supervisor  

Reports to: Logistics Manager  

Starting Salary: $700-$800/week, Depending on experience 

Location: SCC Four Corners Durango, CO Office  

Term: February 28th, 2023-November 17th, 2023 

Status: Full-time, Seasonal, exempt  

Benefit Eligible: Partial, see personnel policies 


Program Summary:  

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).    

Position Summary: The Field Supervisor’s primary roles are to provide field, social-emotional, and logistical support to our field staff and seasonal ecological monitoring and watershed crews by offering technical assistance and morale support and ensuring program integrity through policy enforcement and positive mentoring. The Field Supervisor will assist with program logistics as well as planning and facilitating crew lead and member trainings.  Besides some planning, logistics, and administrative duties, the position is predominately field-based.  

Essential Responsibilities and Functions: 


Help to develop and implement crew leader and member trainings for both Ecological Monitoring and Watershed programs throughout spring including technical work, protocols, and leadership and facilitation skills. Be a role model and mentor throughout training and field season, especially Crew Leaders.  

Field Support:  

Conduct regular visits to crews, project partners, and work sites. Communicate and debrief with crew leaders and corps members during field visits. Manage on-the-ground project quality and quantity by providing technical assistance as needed. Oversee project management in front country and remote working locations. Enforce all SCC and agency policies and procedures. Provide encouragement, guidelines, and supervision to crew leaders throughout their tenure. May fill in for vacant crew leader positions as necessary.  


Assist with planning, scheduling, and implementing crew projects.  Assist with development and coordination of risk management policies. Facilitate corps member development in the field. 

Tools, Equipment, Gear:  

Plan and help logistics staff with project logistics. Assist Logistics Coordinator in maintaining a clean and efficient base of operations. Work within an established program budget regarding necessary purchases. Help to maintain vehicles and trailers. Develop and implement strategies to improve vehicle and tool usage safety and care. 

Risk Management and Emergencies:  

The Field Supervisor will be one of the first staff responders for crew emergencies and support and, therefore, must be readily available for trips into the field and comfortable with an ever-shifting work schedule. May help prepare any forms and instruments for emergency planning and use. Will audit programs for risk management gaps and provide relevant feedback to staff. 

General Administration and Partnerships: 

Help maintain accurate reporting of all necessary information and complete program reports, project, program, and crew leader evaluations throughout the season. Help develop and maintain of relationships with community and project partners. 

Other Duties 

  • 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.  
  • Reports any potential harassment or grievances within the organization as identified in the Personnel Policy Manual. 

Physical Requirements:  

Conservation Legacy is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals and will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to perform essential job functions. Some positions may require periodic overnight travel, non-traditional work hours, ability to move across varied terrain, use program-specific tools and a range of technology on an infrequent or frequent basis. Ability to hike up to 10 miles in a day. Exerting up to 25 pounds of force occasionally to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Ability to safely drive an organizational vehicle may also be required for some positions. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Must hold current advanced medical certification (WFR or above) with CPR/AED, or receive certification prior to start date. 
  • Understanding of scientific, data, and statistical principles  
  • 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 1 years of experience in youth development or corps field.  
  • Experience with mentoring diverse groups of indaviduals to achieve common goals.  
  • Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment. 
  • Willingness to change work plans on short notice 
  • 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. 
  • Proficient in phone and email communications 
  • Ability to keep others, in remote locations, accountable to expectations. 
  • Valid Driver’s License and Insurable Driving Record 
  • Must be able to pass the organization’s criminal history check requirements.  
  • Full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of employment and ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting. 
  • Willingness to work with herbicide 
  • Team and leadership experience and ability to use emotional intelligence and decision-making skills to a high degree 
  • Strong skill level in at least one or more of the following areas: chainsaw operation and maintenance, use and maintenance of backpack and hand sprayers for herbicide, hand tool maintenance, and ecological restoration projects 
  • Understanding of data collection and vascular plant identification and taxonomy  
  • Experience with backpacking, wilderness living and travel, LNT and outdoor leadership 
  • Able to travel extensively throughout the southwest including areas in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. 

Preferred Qualifications or strong desire to grow in the following:  

  • College graduate (Bachelor’s, at minimum) with coursework in ecology, botany, range science, soil science, wildlife biology, natural resource management, conservation biology, or a related field  
  • Experience with SCC or other conservation corps or youth corps 
  • Experience teaching, facilitation, and team-building experience with diverse groups of people 
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS data collection apps such as Field Maps and Arc Collector 
  • Strong conflict resolution skills 
  • Sense of humor, spirit of adventure, and desire to make a positive difference 
  • Current B Level certification on Chainsaw based on current USFS standards – OR ready to evaluate as one.  
  • Current or recent herbicide applicator or supervisor license 

To Apply: Send Cover letter and resume to Richard Brown at Subject line in this email must include “Applicant, position title and Name”.  

Cover Letter must include a response to the following question:  Provide some examples of your experience effectively working with diverse communities, including those specific to Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and other underrepresented populations, in personal or professional context.  

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.