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Americorps Crew Leader

 

Posted by Utah Conservation Corps on 01/08/2019


Job Basics

Industry Sector: Outdoor

Job Categories: Guide, Instructor, Outdoor Education

State: UT

City: Logan, Moab and Cedar City

Country: United States

Required Experience:


Job Type: Full Time

Salary:

Required to Relocate:

Required to Travel:

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within:


Job Description & Requirements

Term Dates: February 25 - November 22, 2019
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 10/08/18 and will continue through January 2019. Positions open until filled.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The 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 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 unique project 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.

RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Conservation Project Management

  • Ensure that UCC policies and procedures are being followed at the project site, camp site, and during travel o 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.

2. 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

3. Documentation & Reporting

  • Timely completion of documentation and reporting as assigned by UCC field staff including, but not limited to:
i.  Weekly Progress Reporting 
ii.  Vehicle Inspection

iii.  Daily Safety logs 
iv.  Incident reports
v.  Crew Member check-ins and evaluations 
vi.  Debrief notes

vii.  Tool and equipment logs 
viii.  Rig-up/De-rig scheduling

4. UCC Program Leadership

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

5. Other duties, as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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

REQUIREMENTS

  • Support of UCC Mission & Values and a positive attitude
  • Commitment to personal growth
  • Flexibility - ability and desire to work in a dynamic environment and take on 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
  • Maturity
  • At least 21 years of age o U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Eligible to enroll in AmeriCorps o Undergo a National Criminal History Check

BENEFITS

  • AmeriCorps Living Allowance, $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, $5,920.00 (available upon successful completion of term)
  • Health Insurance option o Forbearance on qualifying student loans while in service
  • Conservation Leadership Training, Certifications, and Experience
Wilderness First Responder o Advanced chainsaw training o UT Herbicide Applicator license
  • Working 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 October 2018. 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.

UCC's Mission

To develop the conservation leaders of tomorrow through service and education.

UCC's Values & Culture Statement

Utah Conservation Corps is committed to an inclusive culture of community service in a safe and positive environment.

UCC's Zero Tolerance Policies

The following behaviors will result in immediate termination. At no time may the UCC AmeriCorps member:

  1. Engage in any activity that is illegal under local, state, or federal law, including possession or use of illegal drugs
  2. . Engage in activities that pose a significant safety risk to others or physically or emotionally damage members of the program or community
  3. Possess or consume alcoholic beverages during the performance of service activities or while living and working at the UCC project site, camp site, or in UCC vehicles
  4. Be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs during the performance of service activities
  5. Fail to notify the UCC of a criminal arrest or conviction during the term of service

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 togain experience in the fields of natural resource conservation, education, or social


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 togain experience in the fields of natural resource conservation, education, or social services.