Southwest Conservation Corps

Youth Crew Leader

Posted: November 08, 2019
Location: Durango, Colorado or Salida, CO
Time Commitment: March 30th, 2020 start; 4.5 and 8 month positions available

Pairs work together to co-lead a high school crew of up to 8 members during the summer season. High school crews work Monday – Friday and may be camping crews or day crews. Local students ages 14-18 are hired to complete a variety of projects. One day a week is an education day. Crew Leaders and CLDP’s work long days and may work from remote communities, away from the main office. All leaders will spend April and May in an intensive crew leader training. (See each complete position description for more details on Spring Season, and each jobs’ responsibilities.) The schedule for leaders is rigorous but rewarding.

Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, communities and environment through hands-on work on our public lands.

Job Responsibilites

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 and delegate project responsibilities and member development to Crew Leader in Development.

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.

Project Management & Implementation

Train and motivate a crew of six to eight high school students to efficiently complete conservation projects on public lands within a 8-12 hour work day, while managing quality 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’s 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, and project related deliverables.

Manage food budget and credit card for purchases

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 essential functions

Required Qualifications

  • Leadership experience with youth.
  • Must hold current/relevant medical certification (WFR, WEMT, or OEC) with CPR/AED
  • Excellent organizational & communication skills
  • Strong time-management skills and ability to work independently as well as with others
  • Ability to effectively & 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.
  • Willingness to commit fully to the program and its mission.
  • 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
  • High School diploma or GED certificate
  • Must be able to pass a criminal history background check
  • Must be 21, have a clean driving record (insurable by SCC) and a current driver’s license.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with experiential and/or environmental education
  • Experience with SCC or other conservation corps or youth corps
  • Facilitation and team-building experience with diverse groups of people
  • Desire to work on a variety of conservation-based projects.
  • Strong conflict resolution skills
  • Sense of humor, spirit of adventure, and desire to make a positive difference and promote leadership in others

Salary and Benefits

Wages: $685/week Benefits: 3 days’ discretionary time, structured time off in-between sessions, Food provided while in the field, uniforms, protective equipment, U.S. Forest Service recognized Chainsaw training, Mental Health First Aid Training

Application Process

Complete the Crew Leader Application, upload cover letter and resume. Follow link at the bottom of the page!

Apply Here!

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