Crew Leaders for P-CREW youth corps are integral to the success of this program. P-CREW leaders will have
the unique opportunity to develop leadership and stewardship skills while supervising and mentoring a
youth crew. Additionally, leaders may be offered an option to continue employment following the P-CREW
season on Sierra Institute’s trail crew. This unique position was designed to empower P-CREW leaders to
deepen their connection to nature, build trusting relationships with support staff, and feel confident
developing the next generation of natural resource stewards.

Crew leaders will be provided 5 weeks of in-field training to prepare for the P-CREW summer session.
Training dates are flexible and can be shortened to accommodate various start dates. Once P-CREW begins,
crew leaders will train, supervise, and mentor their youth crew 24/7 for a five-week session. Crew Leaders
are responsible for managing eleven, 10th-12th grade teenagers 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 weeks. Thus, the crew leader position is very similar to a camp counselor role. This includes
facilitating safe and sustainable recreation with the crews on weekends. Crew Leaders will be experienced
outdoor enthusiasts with the skills and interests to be excellent role models. This is a unique opportunity to
make a lasting difference in the lives of youth through meaningful landscape stewardship under the umbrella
of a growing, transformative, and innovative program.

Crew Leaders will be part of a team of three field staff, which includes a Co-Crew Leader and an Alumni
All-Star Assistant. The Alumni “All-Star” Assistant is someone who has successfully completed a P-CREW
session and is returning to gain leadership experience.

Following the completion of the 10-week P-CREW program, crew leaders will have the option to extend their
employment through Sierra Institute’s trail crew. The trail crew will work until mid-October (contingent on
weather and project accessibility) and have flexibility in their end date. The trail crew will work a hitch
schedule of 8 days on and 6 days off. Project work will be in Lassen National Forest in areas such as, Ishi
Wilderness, Heart Lake Trail, and potential to work on Dixie Fire restoration projects.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Crew, Development, Instruction and Guiding


● Wilderness First Aid certification (or higher)
● Experience working with teens (ages 15-18) and/or past experience serving with other Conservation Corps or
other natural resource management organizations (Forest Service, nonprofits, etc…)
● Social and emotional skills to promote positive personal growth and develop relationships with people from all
backgrounds, abilities, cultures, orientations, identities, and communities.
● Leadership experience
● See Job Desc. for more!

Preferred Skills:

● Participate in pre-season 5-week training (if the training time interferes with college finals please reach out to
discuss possible accommodations)
● Mentor and Co-lead a crew of 11 crew members (ages 16-18) and one Alumni All-star Assistant for 10 weeks
including day to day activities at the project site, at camp, and recreational activities on the weekends. This
includes providing physical, social, and emotional support to the crew.
● See Job Description for more!

About Sierra Institute for Community and Environment

Sierra Institute is a non-profit nestled in the unique rural landscapes of Northern California. Our mission is to promote healthy and sustainable forests and watersheds by investing in the well-being of rural communities and strengthening their participation in natural resource decision-making and programs. P-CREW is a six week youth corps program that provides paid summer employment to high school students from rural and urban areas across Northern California to work on meaningful conservation and restoration projects in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This intense experience is uniquely capable of providing a vibrant and diverse community that fosters positive growth and friendship while developing a connection with the land.

Application Instructions

Send your resume, cover letter, and the contact information for your references as one pdf to [email protected] with the position title you are applying for in the subject line. The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.