Want to impact the future? There is no better way than to be an Expedition Leader and guiding local Montana youth in conservation service-based outdoor projects on our public lands. Everyday is a little different. Some days you’ll need to be creative and others supportive, but you have a chance to be significant in a youth’s life and to be remembered. Your classroom… well it is some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Mountain West. If you’re committed and impassioned by making an impact on both the lives of youth and our public lands, then serving as a leader of a youth crew is the right position for you!
Lead crews with a co-leader for month long projects, working intensively in one community to fully explore a variety of hands-on natural resource projects. Expedition crews are based in remote, rural communities around Montana, with crew sizes of 5-8 participants. The youth participants typically camp much of the time.
Position Summary: The Leader will support high school youth in the successful completion of MCC natural resource and community service projects, provide on-site management of a youth crew, and actively facilitate crew dynamics to ensure a high level of crew motivation and functioning. Leaders will do overnight service expeditions in two week “hitches”, with some four week sessions possible. Leaders engage crews of approximately 6 youth members on natural resource projects in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota. High School Expedition Leaders and their crews will camp for the full duration of the session, oftentimes in remote locations on varied terrain and in all weather conditions.
Work may include building or maintaining trails, building fences, and habitat restoration, among many other types of conservation projects. The Leader is an AmeriCorps participant and is entitled to the benefit package offered all AmeriCorps participants. The Leader and co-Leader are part of a leadership team working under the supervision of the Youth Program Coordinator. This position will have recurring access to vulnerable populations.
Expedition leaders will have the opportunity to earn certifications such as Wilderness Advanced First Aid, and participation in workshops such as Facilitative Leadership, Youth Mental Health First Aid, and managing Behavior Using Restorative Justice. The EL will apply acquired skills and knowledge in the mentoring and support of youth expedition participants.
● Oversee implementation of all elements of the youth program, including formal education curriculum, strategies for healthy crew dynamics, technical and camp-life skills
● Provide guidance and support to youth members during day work projects and overnight camping experiences.
● Communicate and organize work in conjunction with the partner/technical advisor and assure project completion
● Ensure safety as the top priority during all MCC activities and projects and promote a culture of safety
• High school degree, GED, or willingness to work towards obtaining a GED
• 21 years old on the start date of the program
• Valid driver’s license, ability to pass a Motor Vehicle Records check
• US Citizenship or lawful permanent US Resident
• Ability to pass a National Service Criminal History Check
• 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
Location: Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula, MT
Program Dates: May 17, 2021 through October 8, 2021
Living Allowance: $600 gross biweekly before taxes are taken out
AmeriCorps Education Award: $3172.50 upon completion of the program
About Montana Conservation Corps
“Inspiring young people through hands-on conservation service to be leaders, stewards of the land, and engaged citizens who improve their communities.”
Those are the words we live by and the mission we serve here at Montana Conservation Corps. Each year we enroll hundreds of young adults and school-aged youth in our AmeriCorps and Youth Service Expedition programs. The first three months are spent teaching leaders wilderness, leadership, and interpersonal skills as part of our highly-acclaimed Leadership Development Program. Our leaders then pass those skills along to their crews of members, as they live, learn, and serve together in some of our country’s wildest places. They complete conservation projects in local communities, national forests, state and national parks, wildlife refuges and federally designated wilderness areas.