TeamWorks isn’t a one-off summer experience, but instead offers youth an opportunity for a deeper connection with community and the natural world. TeamWorks is a conservation-based youth employment program that brings together a mix of young people (ages 15-20) from urban and rural areas to work side-by-side on crews. As an organization, our goal is to attract and hire underrepresented youth who would not ordinarily have the opportunity to work on a conservation crew. Crews collaborate with a variety of project partners in the Front Range of Colorado, and have the chance to work with both public land managers as well as non-profit organizations. TeamWorks fosters a work environment that is equally fun and supportive, and many of our youth return to work for the program year after year, building solid relationships with one another, their crew leaders, our organization, and the lands they work on.
Crews work 10 hours a day, Mon-Thurs, on an assortment of conservation projects including trail building and maintenance, fire mitigation, watershed restoration, and noxious weed removal, and all participants and leaders return home each night. In addition, each crew will participate in a 4-day, 3-night campout once during the season, providing an opportunity to strengthen the bonds of the crew and providing many participants an opportunity for healthy risk taking. Crew leaders will have three day weekends to explore the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado, which are easily accessible from everywhere we work!
At least 21 years old.
Must possess and maintain a current and valid Driver’s License.
Available to work for the whole season without any conflicting commitments (May 15th - August 8th).
Willingness to submit a driving record and background check.
Ability to drive a 12- or 15-passenger van in both urban and rural environments.
Ability to work collaboratively with a co-leader.
Exceptional and inclusive organizational, leadership and communication skills.
High capacity for communication and feedback.
Excitement for working with diverse groups of youth and young people.
Interest in using the group's experiences and challenges to foster learning among crew members.
Previous experience working with teens and young adults is preferred.
Experience working outdoors in various weather conditions for up to 10 hours per day is preferred.
Practical knowledge of, and experience with conservation-based stewardship work is preferred.
Risk management and decision making proficiency are preferred.
Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder Certification is preferred.
Group management and facilitation skills are preferred.
About TEENS, Inc.
TEENS, Inc. is a Nederland, Colorado based non-profit organization with the mission to support, educate and empower youth and their families to make healthy choices and thrive. Lincoln Hills TeamWorks (called TeamWorks, moving forward) is a youth education-based employment program which aims to connect young people with nature and community. TeamWorks combines a diverse group of youth from rural and urban areas to carry out projects alongside both public land managers and non-profits.