Appalachian Conservation Corps’ Staff Crew Leaders perform many roles and are the key to our program’s success. The position is multi-faceted and demanding, but with opportunity for enormous rewards. Successful candidates will demonstrate resourcefulness, situational flexibility, effective communication skills, excellent judgement, maturity, initiative, professionalism, and the desire to devote themselves to a crew experience where the needs of others are placed above oneself. The Crew Leader position requires, mentorship, patience, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors. Crew Leaders are ultimately responsible for successes and shortcomings of the crew. 

This position will be joined by an AmeriCorps Crew Leader, an AmeriCorps leadership position focusing on the continued development of leadership skills. While this will be a collaborative relationship, the Staff Crew Leader bears ultimate responsibility for member development, as well as high quality and high quantity project accomplishments for our partners. 

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Conservation, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders


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 ACC vehicle 
Must be able to speak, understand, read and write English 
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential funct

Required Skills:

Leadership experience with youth or young adults. 
Must be able to demonstrate strong project management skills. 
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 hold current Wilderness First Responder Certification with CPR/ AED. 
Must be 21, have a clean driving record (insurable by ACC), current license

Preferred Skills:

1-year experience with ACC or another Conservation Corps 
Background with experiential and/ or environmental education.  
Facilitation and team-building experience with diverse groups of people.  
Strong conflict resolution skills. 
Experience with Disaster Responses. 
Forest Service chainsaw certifications. 

About Appalachian Conservation Corps

Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization, whose mission is to connect young adults to meaningful conservation service. ACC engages motivated young adults to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects throughout the region by working with a variety of land management agencies such as the United States Forest Service, National Park Service, and The Nature Conservancy. Interns and Crews complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.

Our programs focus on place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility, and career development. ACC also provides an opportunity for members to learn about the local environment, environmental issues and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers. When not in the field, members are expected to find their own housing.

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