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!
Entire season runs from May 9th – August 11th, 2022
-May 9th – May 26th – Paid training
-May 31st – August 1st – Season with crew
-August 2nd-4th and 8th-11th – Crew leader only projects (required, but so much fun!)
-All crews work Mon-Thursday, 10 hour days, with the exceptions of Orientation Week (crews work May 31st – June 3rd), Juneteenth week (crews work June 21st -June 24th), and Independence Day holiday and extra day off (crews work July 6th and 7th).
-Pay: $17-$20/ hour depending on experience. Crew leaders are paid for drive time to the work site.
-Housing is not provided, but we work to help crew leaders find a place to live.
-Application is accepted on a rolling basis.
-Positions available are based in Denver, Boulder. Conifer, Nederland, Bailey, Gilpin County, and Idaho Springs, Colorado.
Partner with a variety of land management agencies and non-profit organizations to complete needed projects, including but not limited to fire mitigation, trail building and maintenance, watershed restoration, noxious weed removal, and light construction projects.
You and a co-leader will be responsible for training, mentoring, and working alongside a group of 12 crew members, supporting individual needs and maintaining group morale.
Demonstrate effective communication with crew, co-leader, project partners, and the TeamWorks administration team.
Manage risk at the work site and oversee and maintain safety.
-At least 1 year previous leadership experience with youth.
-Must attend a paid 12-day (spread over three weeks) Crew Leader training May 9th - May 26th ($100 per day for the first two weeks, then full pay for the third week).
-At least 21 years old.
-Ability to work collaboratively with a co-leader.
-Bachelor's degree and/ or a previous experience working with teens and young adults.
-Exceptional organizational, leadership and communication skills.
-Experience working in the outdoor.
Desired Skills (applicants do not have to possess all skills to be a good fit):
-Practical knowledge of, and experience with trail/conservation work and tool use.
-Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid Certification.
-Ability to use challenges and experiences to foster learning among crew members.
-High level of group management and facilitation skills.
-Experience and excitement for working with culturally diverse groups.
About TEENS, Inc. - TeamWorks
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. TeamWorks is a youth educational-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.