Heartland Conservation Alliance (HCA) is seeking a full-time, year-round Nature Action Crew (NAC) Leader to work as part of a team to advance our mission, core values, and strategic initiatives. The NAC Leader supervises up to eight crew members and manages restoration sites throughout the Blue River Watershed. This position reports directly to the Conservation Coordinator and works in collaboration with the Conservation Coordinator and other Heartland Conservation Alliance staff and volunteers to implement and improve conservation projects. The Crew Leader will spend the vast majority of their time in the field supervising the NAC members on conservation projects with minimal office duties. The Crew Leader is responsible for providing NAC members with mileage reimbursable transportation between pickup/dropoff locations, the office, worksites, training, etc. Work days are typically 8am-4:30pm five days a week, which often includes Saturdays and occasionally evenings.
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High school diploma or GED
Computer literacy, including using a database, Google Workspace, and Microsoft Office Suite.
Ability to foster community and comradery that creates a safe, professional, collaborative, and growth-oriented work environment.
Knowledge of and experience in urban conservation and restoration projects, including strong problem-solving, critical thinking, and technical application skills.
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Bachelor’s degree in natural resource management or a related field (e.g., environmental science, forestry, ecology, biology).
Background in social work and/or experience working with, motivating, and leading at-risk youth or underrepresented populations to achieve targeted goals.
1+ year experience in project management and team supervision with strong conflict resolution skills.
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About Heartland Conservation Alliance
Our mission is working collaboratively with key partners and stakeholders in the Kansas City Metro to protect our region’s natural resources for the benefit of all community members. To advance this mission, the Nature Action Crew (NAC) trains and manages underrepresented youth to engage in boots-on-the-ground conservation initiatives throughout our action areas within the Blue River Watershed and in collaboration with our Alliance partners. By design, the NAC serves as a springboard to first connect underrepresented populations to nature while also providing workforce applicable skills that are transferable and desired by external employers.