Crew Leaders (ages 21+) and Assistants (ages 19+) are hired each year to lead Conservation Corps crews on US Fish and Wildlife Service sites throughout New England, in addition to locations in Vermont and New Hampshire. They are responsible for safely leading and motivating crew members (ages 14-18) while completing priority conservation projects in the field. Projects vary each year and by location, but generally include trail maintenance and construction, addressing water quality issues, removing invasive species, and improving wildlife habitat. Last year’s crew built Universal Access trails, bog bridges, stone steps, mountain bike trails, and maintained existing trails.
Prior to the season, leaders will have the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to confidently lead a crew at Crew Leader training. They will have the opportunity to refine their leadership skills, engage in crew dynamics, gain hands-on trail work experience, and meet the rest of the leadership team. In addition, they will receive specific, on-site training throughout the season. At the end of the season, leaders will walk away as stronger leaders and greater stewards of the natural environment.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Supervise and manage a crew of 4-5 members in the field
• Delegate tasks to crew members to effectively complete projects
• Facilitate “teachable moments” to crew members throughout the season
• Coordinate project logistics with NorthWoods staff
• Compile project logs and crew member evaluations
• Ensure a safe work environment for crew members and the public
• Routinely prepare and maintain tools/equipment before and after projects
• Serve as an exemplary leader and role model for crew members
• Maintain a strong relationship and communication with project partners
Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license
Candidates must be 21 or older by June 28, 2021 (19 or older for Assistant Crew Leaders)
Strong interest in natural resource conservation, management, and education
Experience working with and educating youth
Leadership skills and experience managing groups
Ability to work responsibly and cooperatively as a member of a team
Commitment to protecting and improving the quality of the environment for human and natural communities
Experience in best practices for field safety and a general understanding of Leave No Trace principles
Capable of carrying more than 50 pounds over rough, uneven terrain
Trail maintenance and construction skills preferred
About NorthWoods Stewardship Center
The NorthWoods Conservation Corps was established in 1995 and has put local youth to work on priority conservation and community service projects throughout the Northeast. Our staff has over 40 years of conservation experience and provides high quality training and supervision so that all participants can learn new skills and safely participate in a variety of conservation and community service projects.