Summer Youth Corps Crew Leader will add value to the community, environment and youth participants through their dedicated service. The Crew Leader will motivate and supervise a crew of young people in a rigorous program focused on job skills training, environmental education, and conservation projects. The Crew Leader will be responsible for behavior management and fostering positive crew morale by through consistent teamwork. The member must ensure that they and the crew adhere to program goals and mission. The member will work alongside youth to set the standard and pace of work. While serving alongside another AmeriCorps member, the crew leader will provide collaborative leadership for the crew, ensure safety procedures are followed, and communicate with project partners.

Projects may include but are not limited to:
Introduced species management
Trail construction & maintenance
Stream bank stabilization, erosion control
Rain garden construction
Tree planting
Basic carpentry
Plant or animal surveying
Emergency response

Projects are in partnership with public land management agencies such as the State Department of Natural Resources, US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service, cities, counties, and trail associations. Projects are physically challenging and team-oriented and occur across MN and neighboring states, including urban and wilderness settings. Crews travel for 5 weeks in a row while camping in tents near project sites, preparing their own meals, and completing work projects. Crews are led by AmeriCorps Crew Leaders and supervised by the Program Manager, Assistant Program Manager and seasonal Field Coordinators.

Tagged as: Camp Counselors, Camp Staff, Conservation, Crew, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education, Therapeutic Counselors, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders


Must be a US Citizen, US National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the US
Must pass a criminal history check.
High school degree, GED, or willingness to work towards obtaining a GED
Valid driver’s license and safe driving record (no major moving violations or DUI’s in the past five years) as crew leaders drive 12 passenger vans to transport crew

Required Skills:

Ability and desire to work well with others in a team setting, outdoors, and in all weather conditions
Ability to foster strong work habits, environmental ethics, youth leadership, and team unity with youth from diverse backgrounds who may be experiencing a job and/or camping for the first time
Ability to perform the Essential Service Functions
Willing to work long hours, continuing to supervise youth after the project day has ended, with limited time off. Must be willing to live in tents.

About Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa (CCMI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and AmeriCorps grantee that engages hundreds of youth and young adults each year in programs and initiatives that improve access to outdoor recreation, restore natural habitat, protect waterways, and respond to community needs and natural disasters. Our mission is to engage youth and young adults in meaningful service, leadership development, and environmental stewardship. Our vision is a world in which everyone has equitable access to nature, is equipped to succeed in career and life, and is empowered to make a difference in conserving natural resources. Learn more at conservationcorps.org.

Application Instructions

See our website for full position details! Apply online: https://conservationcorps.catsone.com/careers/3936-AmeriCorps-YAPYO/jobs/15916197-2023-Summer-Youth-Corps-Crew-Leader/