Summary Statement: Primary duties of the Senior Expedition Leader (SEL) include training of Expedition Leaders, field visitation and logistical support to help ensure the successful completion of MCC youth projects and programming, and to ensure regional operations run smoothly. The SEL, under the supervision of the Youth Program Coordinator, works with youth staff and must maintain communication between the office and the field. The SEL helps ensure that MCC policies and procedures are followed by all members and leaders while establishing and maintaining a good working relationship with project partners, parents/guardians, and community organizations. The SEL will be called upon to lead or join an existing crew when necessary. The SEL is an AmeriCorps member and is entitled to the benefit package offered to all AmeriCorps members. This is not a 9-5 job, rather a commitment to service and an experience where long hours and extended time away from your home base are to be expected. SELs must be self-motivated and flexible in order to meet the changing needs of the position. This position will have recurring access to vulnerable populations.
Senior Expedition leaders will have the opportunity to earn certifications such as Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Chainsaw and Crosscut certifications, and participation in workshops such as Facilitative Leadership, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Managing Behavior Using Restorative Justice. The SEL will apply their skills and knowledge in the mentoring and support of Expedition Leaders and Youth participants.
Provide in-field support for leaders and crews, both through episodic, overnight trips to check-in on crews and by filling in for longer periods as a leader due to unforeseen circumstances
Actively participate in MCC’s Expedition Leader Training, gaining knowledge of, and demonstrating investment in, MCC’s approach to fulfilling its mission
Assist staff in planning and implementing trainings for youth and leaders
Facilitate and deliver MCC education components to leaders and crews in the field
Ensure safety as the top priority during all MCC activities and projects; promote a ‘culture of safety’ with emphasis on adherence to MCC policies and procedures
Assist youth staff with recruitment of expedition crew members
Promote a positive public image for MCC by wearing the MCC uniform and acting in a professional and respectful manner at all times while representing MCC
Assist in planning, coordinating and leading volunteer service opportunities
Assist in project logistics, including coordinating the regional tool cache, assisting with regional inventory, field visits to crews, and communicating with project partners from the office
Provide technical training, assistance and guidance to crews and leaders as needed
Support Expedition Leaders with leadership or crew dynamic challenges and help facilitate debriefs
Demonstrate an ability to work across differences to promote JEDI
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 60 – 70lbs
Demonstrates strong service ethic and desire to serve the community and the environment
Embraces willingness to work long, hard hours in all weather conditions; ability to be away on overnight trips for up to 1-26 days at a time
Commitment to completing term; available for duration of entire term of service
Passion for working with youth and the outdoors
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. We strive to give every corps member the experience of a lifetime through challenging conservation projects and the rigors of life outdoors, coupled with education developed specifically to create engaged citizens and lifelong environmental stewards.
There's no doubt about it, everyone works hard at MCC - but on highly rewarding projects. Our corps members say MCC is a great place for personal growth, to learn practical job skills, build confidence, strengthen communication and leadership competencies, and to develop the ability to work well with people from all walks of life. Plus, it's downright fun!