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20 Mar 2020

Environment Crew Leader Development Program Assistant Crew Leader

Ancestral Lands – Southwest Conservation Corps – Posted by mbrandenburg Anywhere

Job Description

Term of service – temporary local and traveling, lasting approximately 8 months
Location – Albuquerque, NM
Living Allowance – $420 per week
AmeriCorps Award – AmeriCorps member are eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program. Value of the education award is dependent upon length of service.
Ages – 21+
Start Date – 4/13/2020

Ancestral Lands Vision: “Leading our Nations back to ecological and culture well-being”
Southwest Conservation Corps’ Mission: It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment.

The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization. The SCC selects young adults, ages 17-24, 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.

Position Summary:

SCC Ancestral Lands Assistant 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 Assistant Crew Leader position requires, mentorship, patience, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors. Assistant Crew Leaders are ultimately responsible for helping the co-leader in assuring the successes and short-comings of the crew.

Program Overview:

The AmeriCorps(A*C) CLDP is a two phase program. The first phase focuses on Corpsmember (CM) experience, while the second phase focuses on leadership development.

During the first phase of the A*C CLDP CM’s are placed on a crew of their peers and mentored both by senior Crew Leaders and SCC Program Staff. The crew will be introduced to: conservation projects and technical skills, crew-based community living and camping, outdoor environmental education and SCC’s CM Development process to include goal setting and evaluations.

The second phase of the A*C CLDP focuses on direct experience. During the second phase, the A*C CLDP CM’s will actively practice and role model crew leadership skills under the mentorship of the Crew Leader and SCC Program Staff. Members may be placed in leadership opportunities on a variety of projects and crews depending on the region and season in which they are serving. Leadership opportunities may include positions on conservation crews, youth crews, specialized technical crews and/or individual projects. At this point, the A*C CLDP members will be challenged to assist with member trainings, build positive crew dynamics, coordination of member development activities, and project site leadership.

The A*C CLDP program strives to provide meaningful trainings to all participants during their term of service. The trainings vary depending on region, season and project work. Trainings may include: Crew Leader Training, SCC-Facilitated Technical Trainings, S-212, crosscut training, basic tread and drainage, advanced rock work, Wilderness First Aid (WFA), CPR, and Leave No Trace (LNT).

Required Skills
Leadership – A*C CLDP crew members must have experience or a strong desire to mentor a diverse group of young individuals. A*C CLDP members provide leadership in SCC’s service programs as Assistant Crew Leaders and 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 A*C CLDP program.

Conservation – Previous experience with a conservation corps is preferred but not required. A*C CLDP participants will spend their first 8-12 weeks with SCC learning and strengthening their conservation skills on projects throughout the southwest region. 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. A*C CLDP 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. A*C CLDP 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, A*C CLDP corpsmembers are mentored by their Crew Leaders and SCC staff.

In addition A*C CLDP 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 – Assistant Crew Leaders are required to establish and maintain a culture of safety on their crew during all program activities.

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

Teamwork – A*C CLDP 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. A*C CLDP 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 – A*C CLDP 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. A*C CLDP participants should be ready to confront these conditions while being able to help and encourage crew members.

Project Management & Implementation- assistant leaders will be trained and expected to demonstrate progressing ability in the skills listed below

* Train and motivate a crew of 5 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

Leadership & Mentorship – Assistant crew leaders are not required to have all this experience but will be mentored in obtaining these experiences

* 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 Leader in 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 a substance free work environment, refraining from the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and drugs while involved in the program.

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 vehicles 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

Required Experience
Minimum Qualifications: these qualification are preferred but will be implemented through mentoring from crew leaders and staff during the duration of the program

* 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.

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

* High School diploma or GED certificate

* 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

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

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 of this position

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Job Categories: Seasonal. Job Types: Environment.

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