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20 Mar 2020

Environment Conservation Crew Leader – Albuquerque, NM

Ancestral Lands – Southwest Conservation Corps – Posted by mbrandenburg Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Job Description

Term of service – Full-time,approximately 8 to 9 months
Location – Albuquerque, NM.
Living Allowance – $685 per wk
Ages – 21+

Southwest Conservation Corps

The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization. The SCC selects young adults, ages 16-30, to complete conservation work projects on public lands throughout the Southwest. SCC programs encourage environmental stewardship, foster community partnerships, and emphasize experiential learning. The majority of SCC’s programs are residential programs, with crews camping in either front-country or back-country settings for 4-10 day periods; schedules may vary by program and region. SCC serves a diverse population that is representative of the Southwest; including youth, graduates, veterans, and a cross-section of ethnicities and income levels.

Ancestral Lands

(AL) -engages Native youth and young adults in meaningful conservation projects on Native Lands. With programs in Acoma Pueblo, Navajo Nation, Zuni Pueblo, Hopi ,and Albuquerque Ancestral Lands crews have been working on projects from historical preservation, traditional agriculture, chainsaw crews, hiking clubs, stream restoration, fencing, trail construction and more. The Ancestral Lands program also aims to incorporate traditional culture and language as part of crew lifestyle and project work.

Position Summary:

SCC Ancestral Lands Crew Leaders perform many roles and are the key to our program’s success. The position is multi-faceted and demanding, but with opportunity for enormous rewards. Successful candidates will demonstrate resourcefulness, effective communication skills, excellent judgement, maturity, initiative, professionalism, and the desire to devote themselves to a crew experience where the needs of others are placed above oneself. The Crew Leader position requires, mentorship, patience, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors. Crew Leaders are ultimately responsible for the day to day successes and short-comings of the crew.

Start Date 4/13/2020

Required Skills
General Qualifications: The AL Crew Leader emphasizes Leadership, Conservation, and Corpsmember Development.

Leadership – A Crew Leader must have experience or a strong desire to mentor a diverse group of young individuals. Must provide leadership in SCC’s service programs and work alongside Assistant Crew Leaders. They will lead, mentor, manage, and participate in the day-to-day details of crew life at work. Leadership duties with SCC require that all crew leaders must have a clean driving record (insurable) and a current driver’s license. If you have any major driving infractions within the past 5 years (i.e. DUI, DWI, accidents, Reckless Endangerment, etc.), please check with SCC to confirm whether or not you are insurable. Final acceptance decisions are contingent upon your driving record. Individuals that cannot be insured under SCC’s insurance policy may not be selected for the Crew Leader program.

Conservation – Previous experience with a conservation corps is preferred but not required. Participants will spend their term with SCC learning and strengthening their conservation skills on projects throughout the Four Corners. These skills will include, primarily, trail maintenance and construction and forestry work; additional skills that may be gained (depending on contract work) include fencing, invasive species identification and eradication, stream and river restoration, habitat restoration, ecological restoration, campground improvement, and rock work. Members will receive training and certification on the proper use and safety of a chainsaw (if applicable).

Corpsmember Development – Previous experience as an outdoor educator and/or mentor is preferred but not required. Must have a strong desire to teach and implement a Corpsmember Development Program which includes personal, professional, and educational components. Crew Member participants spend their first 8-12 weeks familiarizing themselves with this program and practice facilitating different aspects of the program with the rest of the crew. During this time, Crew leaders will mentor Crew Members.

In addition Crew Leader participants must understand the need for:

Commitment – AmeriCorps members must make a strong commitment to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training and national service. Members must commit to participating in all crew activities, including service days in local communities.

Safety – Crew leaders are required to establish and maintain a culture of safety on their crew during all program activities.

Professionalism – participants must be willing to follow all SCC policies, maintain professional boundaries, and appropriately represent Southwest Conservation Corps and AmeriCorps. Participants are also required to be tolerant of diversity; respecting the differences of others.

Teamwork – Crew Leaders and members must be willing to demonstrate teamwork and respect for others and a commitment to group decisions.

Technology – The use of technology, including cell phones, iPods, MP3 players, and other battery powered devices is not allowed during all work, chore, group and meal times as well as during de-rigs and rig-up. Members must agree to not use these types of technology while participating in these activities and must agree to help regulate this important SCC policy when in a leadership position.

Substance Free – participants MUST be willing and able to refrain from tobacco products, alcohol, and/or drugs while participating in the SCC program.

Fitness – Projects involve hiking, heavy lifting and repetitive motions. SCC projects are physically demanding!!! Projects can sometimes take place at elevations well above 8,500 feet. Crew Leaders should be ready to confront these conditions while being able to help and encourage crew members.

Citizenship – Corpsmember must be a United States Citizen or Permanent Resident

Required Experience

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 * Mentor Crew Development while delegating project responsibilities, overseeing crew life, and member development to them.

* Must be willing to follow and enforce all SCC policies, maintain professional boundaries, and appropriately represent Southwest Conservation Corps. This includes creating and maintaining substance free work environment, refraining from the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and drugs while involved in the program.

Project Management & Implementation

* Train and motivate a crew of six to eight young adults to efficiently complete conservation projects on public lands

* Delegation of project work & investment among co-leader and crew

* 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, co-leader, & SCC staff

Safety & Risk Management

* 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

* Transport crew and equipment safely in SCC’s vans or large SUVs with trailers


* Complete professional documentation of time sheets, daily and weekly reports, corps member and peer evaluations, disciplinary action forms, incident reports, etc.

* Responsible for all project related outcomes and deliverables.

* Manage food budget and credit card for purchases

Minimum Qualifications:

* Willingness to commit fully to the program and its mission.

* Leadership experience with youth or young adults.

* Excellent organizational & communication skills

* Strong time-management skills and ability to work independently as well as with others

* Ability to effectively and efficiently manage all aspects of crew life and production within a 40-50-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.

* Must be adaptive, patient and able to maintain a positive perspective throughout.

* Technical trail construction and maintenance experience

* Physically fit and able to work long days in adverse conditions

* Experience with backpacking, wilderness living and travel, LNT principles

* Must be 21, have a clean driving record (insurable by SCC) and a current driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

* Experience with SCC or other conservation corps or youth corps

* Experience with experiential and/or environmental education

* Facilitation and team-building experience with diverse groups of people

* Strong conflict resolution skills

* Chainsaw experience

* Relevant Bachelor’s Degree

* Sense of humor, spirit of adventure, and desire to make a positive difference and promote leadership in others

* High School diploma or GED certificate

* Must hold current/relevant medical certification (WFA, WFR, WEMT, or OEC) with CPR/AED

Essential Functions:

* 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

* Must be able to speak, understand, read and write English

* Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

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