Title: Women’s+ Crew Leader
Reports to: Program Manager
Locations: Durango, CO
Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Non-exempt
Start/end date: March 29, 2021 – November 12, 2021
Wages: $685 / week
Benefits: Food provided while in the field, Health Benefit Eligible, uniforms, U.S. Forest Service recognized Crosscut & Chainsaw training (Certificate awarded upon completion of program), Mental Health First Aid Trainings, 5 days of PTO (structured in August) and other development opportunities.
Multiple positions open until filled.
This is an exciting opportunity to lead a conservation crew with the Southwest Conservation Corps specifically for cis women, trans women, and non-binary crew members. Leaders will be trained in and expected to safely use chainsaws and other trail tools to complete a variety of conservation projects in partnership with local public land managers. The Women’s+ crew provides a supportive learning environment where members work, learn from, and grow with one another while gaining skills and certifications to propel them into a career in environmental stewardship.
Crews consists of 6 members and 2 leaders. Crews work in front and backcountry locations in all weather conditions. Standard schedule consists of 8 days on-hitch and 6 days off with some exception. On-hitch, crews camps together, prepare all meals together, and work together as a group to complete all projects and chores. SCC does not provide accommodations off-hitch and Crew Leaders will be responsible for their own accommodations during that time.
Crew Leaders will lead crews in completing technical conservation projects while instilling interpersonal skills and leadership skills. Crew leaders will also be responsible for leading crews in environmental stewardship, i.e. Leave No Trace, and risk management. A variety of soft skills and technical competencies are required to be successful in this role.
To qualify you must be a cis woman, trans woman, or non-binary
Willingness to commit fully to the program and its mission
Ability to effectively and manage all aspects of crew life and production within a 40-50-hour work week
Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment
Willingness to learn and be a part of a dynamic community of peer leaders
Must be adaptive, patient and able to maintain a positive perspective throughout
Physically fit and able to work long days in adverse conditions
Must be able to speak, understand and write English
High School diploma or GED certificate
Must hold current/relevant medical certification (WFR, WEMT, or OEC) with CPR/AED
Must be 21, have a clean driving record (insurable by SCC) and a current driver’s license.
About Southwest Conservation Corps
The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization, whose mission is to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment. SCC engages motivated young adults ages 18 -25, youth ages 14-18, and post 9/11 Era Veterans, to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects throughout the Four Corners region. Projects may include, trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.