P-CREW leaders will have the unique opportunity to develop leadership and stewardship skills while supervising and mentoring a youth crew. This position was designed to empower P-CREW leaders to deepen their connection to nature, build trusting relationships with support staff, and feel confident building the next generation of natural resource stewards.

Crew leaders will be provided 3 weeks of in-field training to prepare for the P-CREW summer session. Once P-CREW begins, crew leaders will train, supervise, and mentor their youth crew 24/7 for two five-week sessions. 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 and includes facilitating safe and sustainable recreation with the crews on weekends.

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 assist with season wrap up: organizing paperwork, project accomplishments, and media; gear and tool maintenance and inventory; and end of season evaluations.
Crew Leaders are 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.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Camp Staff, Conservation, Cooks and Food Service, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders, Water Skills


Proof of full COVID-19 Vaccination
Wilderness First Aid certification or higher preferred, past First Aid experience required
Pre-service background screening required
Minimum Age Requirement: 21+
Clean Driving Record
Experience working with teens (ages 15-18)
Experience working on or supporting youth and/or young adult crews in conservation/restoration activities.
Social and emotional skills to promote positive personal growth and develop relationships with people from all backgrounds

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

Please send your cover letter (please indicate your earliest start date and answer the question of why you want to work with P-CREW Youth this summer), resume, and contact information for three references as one PDF to [email protected] with “P-CREW Youth Crew Leader” in the subject line. Review of applications will be on a rolling basis beginning on December 16, 2022. The position is open until filled.