Youth Field Supervisor - SCC Los Valles 2024
Southwest Conservation Corps, Los Valles: Youth Field Supervisor
Title: Field Supervisor
Reports to: Youth Program Manager
Starting Salary: $19 - $20/hr DOE
Location: SCC Los Valles | Salida, CO and Alamosa, CO
Term: March 11th – August 16th
Status: Full-time, Seasonal, Hourly, Non-Exempt
Benefit Eligible: 10 days PTO + sick leave, Eligible for benefits
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). SCC’s Youth Program provides paid job opportunities for High School Students.
The Youth Field Supervisor’s primary roles are to provide field and logistical support to our field staff and seasonal high school conservation crews, by offering technical assistance, morale support, and ensuring program integrity through policy enforcement and positive mentoring. The Youth Field Supervisor will assist with recruitment and outreach, youth education program planning, facilitating crew leader training and logistics. During the spring season, the Youth Field Supervisor will be both in the field, supporting crew leader training, and in the office, helping to prepare equipment and facilities for the field season. During the summer season, the Youth Field Supervisor will be in the field supporting crews, ensuring leaders and members successfully complete requisite certifications, providing logistics support, and meeting with project partners. This is a great opportunity to continue field exposure, while also developing administrative, programmatic operations, and logistics skills.
Essential Responsibilities and Functions:
Help to develop and implement crew leader trainings including technical work, protocols, and leadership and facilitation skills. Be a role model and mentor throughout training and field season. Mentor Crew Leaders and Crew Leaders in Development. The Youth Field Supervisor may spend the majority of the 8-week training season embedded in the field with the crews to help set the tone and expectations for the season.
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 mentorship to crew leaders throughout their tenure. Implement educational and corps member development lessons on a regular basis when visiting crews. Will fill in for vacant crew leader positions as necessary.
Recruitment and Outreach
During the spring, this position will be heavily involved in the recruitment, outreach, and interviewing of youth members for the summer season. This will involve visits to schools and community partners to present on our program, meet and interview applicants, and assist in acquisition and management of member paperwork.
Tools, Equipment, Gear
Supervise crew rig-up and de-rig processes. Assist with repair or replacement of tools, saws, vehicles or other equipment. Organize additional tools and specialized equipment for upcoming crew projects. Maintain inventories of saw parts, food, medical supplies, backcountry equipment, and cleaning/field supplies, and make necessary purchases to restock these inventories. Transport vehicles to/from mechanic and help with vehicle emergencies in the field. Assist with facilities repair and maintenance.
Risk Management and Emergencies
The Youth 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. Will be a critical component of the incident response system for crews in the field and help prepare any forms and instruments for emergency planning and use.
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. Assist with the development and maintenance of partnerships with community and project partners.
- 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.
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. Exerting up to 25 pounds of force occasionally to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. The ability to safely drive an organizational vehicle may also be required for some positions.
- Must hold current advanced medical certification (WFR or above) with CPR/AED or receive certification prior to start date.
- Demonstrated leadership experience in youth development, conservation corps work, wilderness living and travel, or outdoor leadership.
- Must be 21 or have had a valid driver’s license for 3 years, have a clean driving record (insurable by SCC) and current driver’s license.
- Must be able to pass the organization’s criminal history check requirements.
- Strong skill level in at least one or more of the following areas: trail construction, trail maintenance, crosscut use and maintenance, hand tool maintenance, fencing and ecological restoration projects or environmental education
- The ability to communicate effectively, manage complexity cultivate innovation, drive results of oneself and others.
- Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment both independently and collaboratively.
- Willingness to spend days, overnights or weekends in the field throughout the season
Preferred Qualifications or strong desire to grow in the following:
- Experience with SCC or other conservation corps or youth corps
- Experience teaching, facilitation, conflict resolution and team-building experience with diverse groups of people
- Ability to speak and understand Spanish
- Sense of humor, spirit of adventure, and desire to make a positive difference
- Current “A” Level certification on Chainsaw and/or crosscut based on current USFS standards – OR willing to learn
To Apply: Send Cover letter and resume to Pamela Cisneros at firstname.lastname@example.org Subject line in this email must include “Your Name_Youth Field Sup Applicant.”
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 East Hwy 50, Salida, CO. View the Google Map in full screen.