Field Crew Leader

Montana Conservation Corps - United States4.7

Full-timeEstimated: $43,000 - $59,000 a year
EducationSkillsBenefits
Overview
Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization which operates from offices in Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell and Missoula, Montana. Our work takes place in a variety of prairie and forested locations in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, North Dakota and South Dakota. MCC strives to give its participants the experience of a lifetime through challenging conservation work and the rigors of life outdoors, coupled with education developed specifically to create engaged citizens and lifelong environmental stewards. A term with MCC provides the ideal opportunity to discover personal growth, greater self-awareness, increased confidence, communication and leadership skills, as well as the ability to meaningfully engage with those of diverse backgrounds.

Position Summary

The Crew Leader (CL) will assist in the successful completion of MCC natural resource and community service projects, on-site management of a crew, monitoring of crew dynamics to ensure a high level of crew motivation and functioning, as well as the delivery of the full range of MCC program components. This is not a 9-5 job, rather an experience where long hours and extended time away from your home base are to be expected. Serving as a CL at MCC means having passion for service to others, for wild lands and wild places, for personal growth, or for any number of MCC’s values. Leaders and their crews will camp for most of their term, oftentimes in remote locations in varied terrain and in all weather conditions. Work may include building or maintaining trails, treating or removing invasive species, building fences, operating chainsaws to reduce wildfire risks by thinning trees, among many other types of projects. Not all CLs will work on all types of projects. Crews may be deployed for natural disaster relief. The CL is the primary in-field liaison between regional staff and the on-site project partner or technical advisor, generally an employee of the land management agency or group working with the crew. The CL will also establish and maintain a good working relationship with other partner personnel, Crew Members, MCC staff and volunteers who come into contact with the crew. The CL prioritizes Crew Member development through program delivery, project work, and adherence to MCC policies and procedures. The CL is entitled to the benefit package offered all AmeriCorps participants.

Crew Leaders understand that commitment, flexibility and self-motivation are integral to maintaining the high expectations placed upon them. They use their training, experience and commitment to facilitate their crew’s development. They are creative in their approach to problem solving and motivating others, and are invested in the idea that their personal development and growth as a leader are most fully realized when used in service to their crews, their communities and the environment.

Benefits
$5,920 AmeriCorps Education Award
$686.60 biweekly living allowance
Health Insurance
Responsibilities
Programmatic Duties

Actively participate in MCC’s Leadership Development Program, gaining knowledge of, and demonstrating investment in, MCC’s approach to fulfilling its mission
Guide, support and assist Crew Members to ensure quality work performance, safety, and crew well being
Communicate and organize service work in conjunction with the partner/land management agency’s technical advisor; assure project completion to the satisfaction of partner expectations
Ensure safety as the top priority during all MCC activities and projects; promote a ‘culture of safety’ with emphasis on adherence to MCC policies and procedures
Make recommendations to regional staff for fair and appropriate behavior management of Crew Members as needed
Oversee implementation of all elements of the Crew Member Development program, including delivery of MCC’s formal education curriculum, ensuring successful Crew Member performance of crew roles and by providing opportunities for Crew Members feel empowered to take on leadership roles
Instruct Crew Members in all relevant technical project skills necessary to promote safety and high quality project completion. Skills include, but are not limited to: situational awareness, proper tool use, ergonomics/body mechanics and appropriate methods for project implementation which meet partner agency standards
Teach Crew Members all relevant camp-life skills, including, but not limited to: leave-no-trace ethics, group kitchen setup/use, hygiene methods and waste management
Provide technical, logistical and leadership support to crews and individual Crew Members
Promote a positive public image for MCC by wearing the MCC uniform and acting in a professional and respectful manner at all times while representing MCC
Attend and assist in MCC-hosted service days with members of the community and other MCC events
Fulfill other program-specific requirements such as those focused on civic engagement
Demonstrate an ability to work across differences to promote inclusion of all participants
Administrative Duties

Provide information for development and evaluation of Crew Members; including both positive feedback and areas of potential improvement
Maintain accurate records, including timesheets, personnel, Crew Member development, inventory, safety and project records
Complete and submit required reports and other paperwork in a timely manner
Qualifications
High school degree, GED, or willingness to work towards obtaining a GED
Minimum age of 21
US Citizenship or lawful permanent US Resident
Valid driver’s license, ability to pass a Motor Vehicle Records check
Current Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification or higher, OR ability to obtain through MCC-provided training
Ability to hike 3-12 miles per day in terrain that can be steep, rocky or uneven, often wearing a 45lb backpack while carrying tools and sometimes backpacking with full packs of 60 – 70lbs
Ability to lift up to 35 pounds repeatedly and use hand and power tools
Ability to pass a National Service Criminal History Check
Available for duration of entire term of service; commitment to completing term
Effective written and oral communication skills
Strong service ethic and desire to serve the community and the environment
Willingness to work long, hard hours in all weather conditions; ability to be away on overnight trips for up to 10 days at a time
MCC seeks to provide access and opportunity to a diverse group of staff and participants, while continuing to identify and reduce barriers to being involved in our organization and programs. We encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply.