The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment is seeking
four dynamic individuals with excellent leadership skills to lead diverse groups of
high school students in a variety of restoration and resource management projects
as part of its youth corps program: Plumas Conservation Restoration & Education in
Watersheds (P-CREW). Crew Leaders are responsible for managing twelve, 10th-12th
grade teens for two, five-week sessions while supporting restoration efforts on the
Plumas and Lassen National Forests and adjacent lands in the Northern Sierra.
Participants do not go home during the five week program, so Crew Leaders are
responsible for the youth full time. This includes facilitating fun, safe, and
sustainable recreation with the crews on weekends. Under the guidance of Sierra
Institute’s P-CREW Program Manager, Field Coordinator, and Program Assistant, the
Crew Leaders will work with professional partners to complete projects with
students such as: fuel reduction, trail maintenance, fencing and invasive species
removal. Crew Leaders will be experienced outdoor professionals with the skills and
interests to serve as excellent role models with an exemplary work ethic and the
desire to devote themselves to a crew experience where the needs of others are
placed above oneself. This is a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives
of youth and be part of a growing, innovative program.
One of the twelve crew members will be an Alumni “All-Star” Assistant – Leader in
Training, a youth who has successfully completed a P-CREW session and is returning
to gain leadership experience. Crew Leaders will manage and mentor the Alumni AllStar Assistant,
helping them advance in a leadership role. As Crew Leader, you will be part of a team of three field staff,
which includes a second Crew Leader (your colead) and an Alumni All-Star Assistant.
The Sierra Institute is located in rural Taylorsville, CA surrounded by millions of acres
of national forest. Crew Leaders will be camping in the field with program
participants. The salary for the Crew Leader is $837 per week (potentially flexibility
DOE) for the 10-week summer season, and $702 for training and close out weeks.
Meals are provided when in the field (approximately 10 of the 12 weeks).

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Conservation, Crew, Teaching/Education, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders


• Graduated with or pursuing an undergraduate degree in Outdoor Recreation
Leadership, Natural Resources, or comparable combined education and experience
• Wilderness First Aid certification
• Experience working with high schoolers (ages 15-18), preferably one season with
responsibilities similar to this position
• Backcountry experience
• Teambuilding facilitation experience
• Excellent leadership skills, a positive attitude, and a sense of humor
• Excellent problem-solving ability

Required Skills:

• Willing to work long hours, and be responsible for crew 24 hours a day/7 days per
week in the field and at camp
• Ability to pass a background test
• Clean driving record with the ability to safely drive an SUV with trailer or a 6-
passenger pickup truck on windy dirt roads and in cities with participants
• Extreme flexibility and adaptability (camp, project, or recreation
locations/activities could change the night before) & time management skills
• Comfortable working w/ a diverse grp of high schoolers

Preferred Skills:

Wilderness First Responder Certification
• 2+ years leading youth corps crews
• Lifeguard Certificate
• Crosscut Sawyer Certification
• Experience in conflict management and leading group debriefs
• Knowledge of trail maintenance and tool use

About Sierra Institute for Community and Environment

The Sierra Institute is located in rural Taylorsville, CA surrounded by millions of acres of national forest. We work to advance the triple bottom line of supporting healthy forests and watersheds, building vibrant communities and developing young stewards. Check out our website for more information.

Application Instructions

Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references as one document. Submit application materials to [email protected] with “P-CREW Crew Leader” in subject line or mail application materials to: P-CREW, Sierra Institute for Community and Environment, P.O. Box 11, Taylorsville CA 95983. Positions are open until filled. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Sierra Institute for Community and Environment is an Equal Opportunity Employer.