The AmeriCorps Crew Leader (ACL) is responsible for facilitating a positive Crew Member experience. The ACL is a full partner in the crew’s leadership, helping to communicate directions, projects specifications and constructive criticism throughout the term. This position requires open dialog with the Staff Crew Leader; helping them to manage projects, project partners communications, overall logistics, and crew assignments.
Projects take place across the Appalachian Region, including work with the US Forest Service, the National Park Service, and other land managers. During their time in the field, ACLs camp overnight and work outdoors in all types of weather conditions, performing heavy manual labor related to environmental conservation and restoration projects. These hands-on projects include visitor access improvements, trail construction and maintenance, habitat restoration, invasive species treatments, historic restoration, disaster relief, and much more. Most projects require hiking out to remote work sites for the day with tools, equipment, and day pack.
ACLs with ACC serve on a crew with 4-6 Crew Members and are supervised by a Staff Crew Leader, with whom they work to project expertise, mentorship, training, and support for the success of all participants. Food is provided while in the field. Crews work together to plan meals and complete all necessary chores (cooking, washing dishes, etc). We are able to accommodate most dietary restrictions. Camp chores will be completed every evening, with many evenings including group discussions on conservation topics.
ACC supports a culture of feedback and growth. ACLs will set goals at the beginning of the season and review their performance through both self-evaluation and a review with their Crew Leader in the middle and at the end of their season. Evaluations will cover topic areas including Corps culture, leadership, service & experiential learning, risk management, professionalism, and technical skills. ACLs will also be asked to evaluate the program and their experience at the end of their term.
ACLs are asked to work hard, stay positive, and be flexible with changing schedules, weather conditions, and project needs. This is a full-time seasonal position; ACLs are asked to fully commit to the experience, expectations, and timeline.
$450/week living stipend, paid bi-weekly
AmeriCorps Segal Education Award upon successful completion of service term
Possible eligibility for student loan forbearance
Member Assistance Program – 3 free sessions of support with a counseling or work-life balance specialist
Uniform shirts & PPE provided
On-the-job training provided
Certifications may be offered (possibilities include Wilderness First Aid/CPR, First Aid/CPR, Leave No Trace, USFS Chainsaw, etc)
Assistance may be available for getting outdoor gear needed to participate
ACL positions may fulfill internship requirements
Professional development opportunities
Be between the ages of 18 and 30 (exception for Veterans up to age 35)
Have US Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency status
Have a high school diploma or GED
Pass background checks
Eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (individuals are eligible if they have not already completed 2 full years of AmeriCorps service, or 4 AmeriCorps service terms, whichever comes first – please contact us if you are unsure of your eligibility)
Strong project management skills.
Physically fit and able to work long days in adverse conditions.
Experience with backpacking, wilderness living and travel, LNT principles.
Current Wilderness First Aid Certification with CPR/AED.
Clean driving record (insurable by ACC) and a current driver’s license.
Willingness to deploy on a Disaster Response.
Full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of employment and ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting.
Experience with ACC or another Conservation Corps.
Technical trail building and maintenance experience.
Background with experiential and/or environmental education.
Facilitation and team-building experience with diverse groups of people.
Strong conflict resolution skills.
Experience with Disaster Response.
US Forest Service chainsaw certification.
Wilderness First Responder Certification with CPR/AED.
About Appalachian Conservation Corps
Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) works to connect young people to critical conservation service work across Appalachia and neighboring communities in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, DC, and Pennsylvania. As a corps program, ACC partners with public land managers to identify, plan, and complete projects that improve public access, habitat quality, and economic development. ACC is a program of Conservation Legacy, a nationwide network of conservation service organizations. Our programs focus on service, 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 and issues affecting it and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers. ACC welcomes national applicants, but also emphasizes the engagement of local individuals who represent the communities in which they serve.