Summer Youth Crew Leader
Posted: December 04, 2018
Location: Nederland, Colorado
Time Commitment: Entire season runs from May 1st - August 15th, 2019. All crews work Mon - Thursday, 10 hour days (drive time included in pay)
Lincoln Hills TeamWorks isn’t a one-off summer experience, but instead offers youth an opportunity for a deeper connection with community and the natural world. TeamWorks is a conservation-based youth employment program that brings together a mix of young people (ages 16-20) from urban and rural areas to work side by side on crews. As an organization, our goal is to attract and hire underrepresented youth who would not ordinarily have the opportunity to work on a conservation crew. Crews collaborate with a variety of project partners in the Front Range of Colorado, and have the chance to work with both public land managers as well as non-profit organizations. Teamworks fosters a work environment that is equally fun and supportive, and many of our youth return to work for the program year after year, building solid relationships with one another, their crew leaders, our organization, and the lands they work on.
Crews work 10 hours a day, Mon-Thurs, on an assortment of conservation projects including trail building and maintenance, fire mitigation, watershed restoration, and noxious weed removal, and all participants and leaders return home each night. In addition, each crew will participate in a 4 day, 3 night campout once during the season, providing an opportunity to strengthen the bonds of the crew and providing many participants an opportunity for healthy risk taking.
This position will act as a hybrid roving crew leader and administrative assistant. This person will help program directors with managing and observing crews, and dealing with issues that come up in the field, as well as managing campout logistics, and other administrative tasks. This person can expect to spend 2-3 days in the field with one of our 6 crews and 1-2 days working on logistical and administrative tasks (40 hrs/week). This job will also include three day weekends to explore the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado, which are easily accessible from Nederland!
- When in the field, oversee and work alongside crew leaders who are responsible for training, mentoring, and working with a group of 12 crew members, while supporting individual needs and maintaining group morale.
- Demonstrate effective communication with leaders, crew, project partners, and the Teamworks administration team. Provide feedback and troubleshoot issues with crew leaders when necessary.
- Manage risk at the work site and oversee and maintain crew safety alongside leaders.
- Complete accurate and detailed documentation of time sheets, weekly debrief, crew member and leader evaluations, incident reports, and project work reports.
- Help leaders facilitate a safe and comfortable work environment, where youth can learn and grow.
- Provide timely feedback and guidance to encourage personal growth among leaders and crew members.
- Ensure that youth are learning from project partners, crew leaders and each other about the work they are completing.
- Create a positive and professional working relationship with our partners, and ensure projects are being completed to meet their expectations.
- Know and uphold TEENS, Inc. policies in the field.
- Help with campout logistics for crews, including gear and food packing, shuttling and cleaning.
- Field calls from crew leader in the field when necessary.
- At least 2 year previous leadership experience with youth
- Must attend a paid 2-week Crew Leader training May 20 - June 6 ($100/day)
- At least 21 years old
- Ability to work in a flexible environment
- Bachelor's degree and/ or a previous experience working with teens and young adults
- Exceptional organizational, leadership and communication skills
- Experienced working in the outdoors in various weather conditions for up to 10 hours
- Participate in a 3 night camping trip with your crew during the summer
- Willingness to submit a driving record and ability to drive a 15-passenger van in both urban and rural environments
- Able to work to the whole season without any conflicting commitments
- Practical knowledge of, and experience with trail/conservation work and tool use
- Ability to use challenges and experiences to foster learning among crew members
- High level of group management and facilitation skills
- Experience and excitement for working with culturally diverse groups
Salary and Benefits
Pay: $17-$18/ hr depending on experience. Housing not provided, but we work to help crew leaders find a place to live.
Please fill out the application online. Direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org