2020 Crew Leader
Posted by Utah Conservation Corps on 08/22/2019
Industry Sector: Outdoor
Job Categories: Outdoor Education
Company Type: Conservation
City: Cedar City, Logan and Moab
Country: United States
Required Experience: 0 - 1 year
Job Type: Seasonal
Required to Relocate: Yes
Required to Travel: Yes
Employee May Telecommute: No
Job Seeker Must Live Within: 10 miles
Job Description & Requirements
Term Dates: February 24 - November 20, 2020
Location(s): Positions are available based in Logan, Moab, and Cedar City, UT Work at project sites throughout the region
Schedule: Full-time commitment, hours & schedule vary week to week (45-55 hrs) Nearly 100% time spent in the field with significant travel between project sites and field office
Application: Submit your application on http://ucc.usu.edu/crewleaderapplication Application review begins 9/08/19 and will continue through February 2020. Positions open until filled.
he UCC Crew Leader is an AmeriCorps position where the member participates in leadership skills development during the spring field season and then provides direct leadership, mentorship, and teaching for a UCC field crew during the summer and fall field seasons.
During the spring season, the Crew Leader participates in essential hard and soft skills trainings and completes conservation projects as part of a crew of crew leader-trainees. Field staff give extra attention to debriefing crew leadership scenarios, helping leaders refine tool and project techniques, attending to areas of individual growth, and teaching the full responsibilities of the Crew Leader position. Crew Leaders will be evaluated throughout the spring season and will only be promoted into the full leadership role upon demonstrating essential competencies.
During summer and fall seasons, Crew Leaders are responsible for preparing and leading a 5-10 person crew in conservation project work, as well as upholding UCC values, ensuring that UCC policies and procedures are followed, facilitating education time with their crew, communicating with project sponsors, and recording & reporting important weekly project outcome data and other documentation.
Field crews are assigned to a variety of conservation projects located across the state of Utah. Projects can be rural, remote, backcountry or urban and may include habitat restoration, invasive plant removal, fence building, trail improvement, forest fuels reduction & other forest fire mitigation efforts, surveying, and more. Each crew has a uniqueproject and travel schedule. All crews are trained in chainsaw and hand tool use, trails techniques, and wilderness medicine. Crews generally camp near project sites and return to their field office location for off time between project weeks. Crew Leaders are expected to have a place of residence near their field office location.
The Crew Leader position is an AmeriCorps term requiring a full-time, ten-month commitment.
Conservation Project Management
- Ensure that UCC policies and procedures are being followed at the project site, camp site, and during travel
- Ensure a safe working environment
- Ensure that the crew is adequately equipped and prepared for project work and working/living conditions, including working through inclement weather and working and living in backcountry settings
- Provide primary in-field leadership to accomplish daily/weekly project outcomes
- Proactively communicate with UCC field staff and project partner (agency) staff about project goals, progress, techniques, problems, etc.
- Ensure that the crew has essential information, tools and supplies to complete assigned project work, travel to project site, and camp near project site.
Crew Member Mentorship
- Provide in-field guidance, training, and direction to crew members
- Facilitate positive crew dynamics and crew member development
- Facilitate conflict management and resolution within the crew
- Document crew member incidents and behaviors related to policy violations and disciplinary action; report to field staff in an appropriate and timely manner
- Proactively communicate with field staff about crew dynamics
- Lead and/or facilitate weekly environmental education hours
Documentation & Reporting: Timely completion of documentation and reporting as assigned by UCC field staff including, but not limited to:
- Weekly Progress Reporting
- . Vehicle Inspection
- Daily Safety logs
- Incident reports
- Crew Member check-ins and evaluations vi. Debrief notes
- Tool and equipment logs
- Rig-up/De-rig scheduling
UCC Program Leadership
- Work with co-leaders and field staff to plan, organize, and implement UCC program components, including but not limited to:
- i summer and fall crew member trainings
- ii. crew rig-up/de-rig
- iii. crew debriefs
- Act in the front line of uncertainty and discomfort, employing skills of motivation, problem-solving, creativity, and adaptability
- Collaborate and communicate with field staff to conduct risk assessment and management at UCC project and campsites
- Give and receive constructive feedback with field staff in a timely manner
Other duties, as assigned
- Leadership experience and demonstrated leadership skills
- Teaching, training, and mentoring
- Conflict management & resolution
- Effective communication & interpersonal Skills
- High degree of maturity & professionalism
- Previous conservation corps, public lands management, or similar experience
- Chainsaw experience, preferred
- Trail maintenance and construction experience, preferred
- Demonstrated outdoor skills
- Camping experience, including backpacking, preferred
- Alignment to UCC mission and values of safety, service, community, inclusivity, positivity, and commitment
- Support of UCC Mission & Values and a positive attitude
- Commitment to personal growth
- Flexibility - ability and desire to work in a dynamic environment and embrace change
- Ability and willingness to think creatively, adapt, adjust, and problem solve in order to manage a crew and project assignments
- Ability and willingness to work an irregular schedule
- Ability, willingness, and desire to live out of a tent and work in all weather conditions
- Willingness and physical ability to work on a variety of conservation projects, which may include 12 hour days using chainsaws, hand tools, or applying herbicide
- Employ proactive, active, and effective communication
- At least 21 years of age
- U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
- Eligible to enroll in AmeriCorps
- Undergo a National Criminal History Check
- AmeriCorps Living Allowance of $725.00 paid twice per month for spring; Increased to $825.00 paid twice per month for summer and fall. Total living allowance: $14,250.00
- AmeriCorps Education Award, $6,095.00 (available upon successful completion of term)
- Health Insurance benefit of up to $100.00 a month on new plans through the Marketplace on Healthcare.gov
- Forbearance on qualifying student loans while in service
- Conservation Leadership Training, Certifications, and Experience
- Wilderness First Responder (upon successful completion of term of service)
- Advanced chainsaw training
- Utah Herbicide Applicator License
- Networking with Land Management Agency professionals
TO APPLY Complete the UCC Online Application found at http://ucc.usu.edu/crewleaderapplication You will need to attach a resume, and a list of 3 professional references to the online application. Application review begins September 2019. Positions are open until filled.
Utah Conservation Corps is an equal opportunity program. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran, or disabled status. UCC is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for application and service with our programs
About Utah Conservation Corps
UCC is an AmeriCorps program made of members, staff, and partners dedicated to serving our community and environment. We engage in projects throughout the state of Utah that address goals relating to environmental conservation, leadership, and sustainability.
UCC AmeriCorps members have committed to a term of service for their country that may range from 3 months to a year. Our members are individuals seeking opportunities to give back, to improve the environment and explore the beauty of Utah's public lands. Many of our members are current students or recent graduates looking to gain experience in the fields of natural resource conservation, education, or social services.