Mile High Youth Corps

2019 Summer of Service Crew Leader (Colorado Springs)

Posted: April 08, 2019
Location: Southern Front Range
Time Commitment: May 6 – August 9 *One early start Crew Leader is desired: March 29 - August 9


Mile High Youth Corps Crew Leader positions require individuals who are skilled problem-solvers, experienced leaders and positive role models. A crew is comprised of ten Corpsmembers (18-24 years old) who work together to complete work projects on public lands and in communities. Crew Leaders must possess a strong work ethic, promote high quality work performance in their crew and have a desire to devote themselves to field-based youth development for an entire summer. The position requires both supervisory and technical aptitude, in addition to a high level of comfort in the outdoors as crews complete projects on 4 or 9 day long camping hitches.

Job Responsibilites

Duties and Responsibilities:

Supervision and Management

  • Provides daily supervision of the members of their crew including assigning, leading and instructing work tasks and training Corpsmembers in the development of job skills.
  • Monitors and promote crew’s physical and emotional safety on and off the work site.
  • Maintains and promotes positive group morale.
  • Enforces and models behavior outlined in the code of conduct, discipline policies and program procedures outlined in the employee handbooks at all times.
  • Provides consistent, ongoing informal feedback, as well as performs a minimum of one formal evaluation per Corpsmember each season.

Work Project Implementation

  • Proactively assesses, identifies and mitigates safety related hazards on the job site.
  • Oversees and implements a variety of conservation, service learning and community service projects for their team.
  • Distributes work among Corpsmembers and maintains even work flow.
  • Serves as a liaison and on-site contact with project partners.
  • Ensures timely, accurate and quality completion of work projects.

Corpsmember Development and Education

  • Promotes individual learning, leadership and personal growth among Corpsmembers.
  • Plans and facilitates crew meetings and team-building activities.
  • Ensures consistent leadership development and service learning opportunities are integrated into trainings.
  • Implements and monitors Corpsmembers’ participation and progress in life skills and career readiness training programs at work site.
  • Provides consistent feedback and support to Assistant Crew Leaders on their leadership roles.
  • Collaborates with Assistant Crew Leaders in developing and implementing educational components for projects.

Administrative Duties:

  • Monitors, documents, and evaluates the participant progress in the program using individual written evaluations, case notes and 1:1 meetings.
  • Maintains thorough and complete records on each Corpsmember throughout the length of the program, including timesheets, rosters and daily accountability forms.
  • Maintains complete and accurate records for each project.
  • Assists other staff with the reporting required for funders and board members.

Ensures project photographs and required data are collected for projects.

  • Ensures timely completion of Corpsmember awards, incentives and recognitions.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Previous experience working with Youth Corps is highly preferred.
  • Experience with trail construction and maintenance, installation of rock and timber structures, fencing, noxious weed removal, pesticide application and/or general landscaping is preferred.
  • Sawyer crew leaders should have significant experience working with chainsaws. S-212, MTDC or Game of Logging training with feller certificate required.
  • Proficiency in backpacking and backcountry camping required for camping crews.
  • High School diploma or GED required. At least two years of college or vocational training is preferred. Significant professional experience may be substituted for post-secondary education.
  • At least one year experience of working with a diverse population of youth and staff in a team atmosphere is preferred.
  • Must complete Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder training course prior to start date. MHYC will cover $235 of training cost.
  • Must complete CPR training prior to start date. MHYC will cover $40 of training cost.
  • Communication Skills: ability to motivate and discipline others, organize and direct a crew of young people on work projects, communicate effectively with a diverse group of young people, co-workers and supervisors and explain and demonstrate safe work practices.
  • Must have ability to complete tasks in a detailed and timely manner, work independently, keep accurate records, prepare reports and perform case management and evaluations.
  • Must be able to lift 75 lbs., spend 8-10 hours a day in the sun, hike 5 miles with a day-pack and operate hand and power tools.
  • Must have valid driver’s license with insurable driving record and ability to drive a 12-passenger van to and from work sites with attached trailer.
  • Pre-employment background check will be required. May be subject to FBI Background Check, which includes fingerprinting.
  • Pre-employment drug screen required. Drug testing may be required during employment.
  • Must be able to legally work in the United States, which will be verified via the federal E-Verify program.

Salary and Benefits

$500 - $580/week, based on experience and qualifications. Food during camping trips is provided.

Application Process

Email resume and cover letter to staffjobs@mhyc.net (include position title in subject line) or visit us in person at 417 E Vermijo Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Questions? Email cassandrar@mhyc.net or call CJ Runge at 719.630.7421 ext. 402.


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