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23 Jan 2018

Other Outdoor Crew Leader

Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps – Posted by agnes Anywhere

Job Description

2018 ESCC Crew Leader Application
Thank you for your interest in working with Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps.
ESCC will partner with various National Park Service and US Forest Service locations along with other potential partners for multiple crews this summer season. You will lead a tight-knit and diverse community while facilitating the development of a safe, inclusive, and well-functioning crew.

You will perform physically demanding manual labor including hiking 3-20 miles per day over rugged and steep terrain while carrying tools and gear, lifting in excess of 50 pounds, and swinging tools for hours of the work day. The majority of the work will be trail building and maintenance focused but could include a variety of outdoor resource work including habitat restoration, fence repair, and invasive species removal among other types of project work.

Crew leaders will lead a crew of 5-10 members, ages 18-25. Our WILDlands Technical crews are made up of conservation corps alumni, ages 18-30, and work on expressly technical trail work projects. There are additional questions and experience requirements if you are interested in leading this type of crew. Members recruited for these crews have specific goals of promoting to leadership positions within the field.

You will work with ESCC staff to implement operating policies as outlined in the crew member handbook and all other necessary operational policies and procedures starting with crew orientation and training.

Other job duties will include:
-Complete and submit daily and weekly paperwork, conducting corps member evaluations, and other forms as needed.
-Coordinate crew members on the grade, in camp, manage meal planning and cooking, weekend recreation, environmental education, and group learning activities.
-Occasional food and equipment purchasing and maintenance.
-Implement service projects according to technical specifications given by the sponsoring agency and ESCC staff.
-Maintain high standards for project quality, safety, and camp life.
-Maintain high work ethic for self and crew.

Program dates: TBD
Daily work hours will generally be 8 hours per day, 5 days a week and you will be required to perform tasks and chores outside of their normal project work hours as well as facilitate the curriculum program, crew activities, and events after and before project work hours. Weekends are time off, however, crews may camp and work remotely for the duration of the season. Work is based at remote wilderness locations and ‘housing’ will consist of a personal backpacking tent.

You will be exposed to adverse environmental conditions while living and working including rain, snow, extreme heat and cold, dry weather, lightning, high amounts of dust, camp and forest fire smoke, and high elevations. You may live and work around stock animals (horses and mules) and can be exposed to environmental hazards such as wildfires, avalanches, falling trees, etc. and wildlife hazards such as deer, poisonous insects and snakes, bears, mountain lions, etc. All hazards will be addressed during safety meetings and training’s.

Compensation and Benefits:
Living allowance: Leaders will receive a minimum taxable wage of $800 per week.
Food for the duration season is provided.

Crew Leader orientation and training will include a wide variety of soft and hard skills training including curriculum planning, food menu and ordering, environmental awareness, cooperative living skills, conflict resolution, communication, facilitation, as well as chain saw/cross cut training, trail work, tool use and maintenance, backcountry travel, and much more.

-Previous conservation corps experience and experience working for a state or federal agency is a plus.
-Experience in outdoor work project required, previous trail building and maintenance skills preferred.
-Previous backcountry camping experience.
-Experience with supervising young adults in service related and/or development programs.
-Experience teaching outdoor and/or environmental education.
-Wilderness First Aid/CPR or higher certification such as Wilderness First Responder.
-High level of maturity and professionalism.
-Strong verbal and written communication skills.
-Strong time-management skills and ability to work independently as well as with others.
-Ability and willingness to work a flexible and varying schedule.
-Valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record.
-Must be able to pass a criminal history background check.
-Sense of humor.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete our application form (Google Doc) found here: Please be prepared to upload your resume and information for two references along with the questions below. If you have any questions, please email us at We are happy to discuss our seasonal opportunities with you. Thank you for your interest in ESCC!

Job Categories: Seasonal. Job Types: Other Outdoor. Job Tags: 93546.

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