Website Sierra Institute for Community and Environment
The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment is seeking four dynamic individuals with excellent leadership skills to lead diverse groups of high school students in a variety of restoration and resource management projects as part of its youth corps program: Plumas Conservation Restoration & Education in Watersheds (P-CREW). Crew Leaders are responsible for managing twelve, 10th-12thgrade teens for two five-week sessions 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, so Crew Leaders are on full time. This includes facilitating safe and sustainable recreation with the crews on weekends. Under the guidance of Sierra Institute’s P-CREW Program Manager, Program Assistant, and Assistant Coordinator, the Crew Leaders will work with professional partners to complete projects with students such as: fuel reduction, trail maintenance, fencing and invasive species removal. Crew Leaders will be experienced outdoor professionals with the skills and interests to serve as excellent role models with an exemplary work ethicand the desire to devote themselves to a crew experience where the needs of others are placed above oneself.This is a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of youth and be part of a growing, innovative program.
One of the twelve crew members will be an Alumni “All-Star” Assistant, a youth who has successfully completed a P-CREW session and is returning to gain leadership experience. Crew Leaders will manage the Alumni All-Star Assistant and help them advance in a leadership role. As Crew Leader, you will be part of a team of three field staff, which includes a second Crew Leader(your co-lead) and an Alumni All-Star Assistant.
The Sierra Institute is located in rural Taylorsville, CAsurrounded by millions of acres of national forest. Crew Leaders will be camping in the field with program participants; personal tent space will be provided during training and close out weeks. The salary for the Crew Leader is $837per week (with the opportunity to earn more DOE) for the 10-week summer season, and $702 for training and close out weeks. Meals are provided when in the field (approximately 10 of 12 weeks).
Program Background: P-CREW provides opportunities for urban and rural teens to restore the environment, learn about natural resource management, gain job skills, and disconnect from technology while they camp for five consecutive weeks working 40 hours a week on projects that benefit the environment. P-CREW runs two crews simultaneously and four throughout the summer.
- Wilderness First Aid certification
- Ability to pass a background test
- Experience working with high schoolers (ages 15-18), including one season with responsibilities similar to this position
- Clean driving record with the ability to safely drive a SUV with trailer or a 6-passenger pickup truck on windy dirt roads with participants
- Backcountry experience
- Teambuilding facilitation experience
- Undergraduate degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership, Natural Resources or similar program with teaching experience, and orexperience working with groups on conservation restoration projects
- Experience managing a camp kitchen
- Excellent leadership skills, a positive attitude, and a sense of humor
- Excellent problem-solving ability and confidence adapting “on-the-fly”
- Extreme flexibility and adaptability (camp, project, or recreation locations/activities could change the night before) and time management skills
- Comfortable working with a diverse group of high school participants in unpredictable back and front country settings
- Willing to work long hours, and be responsible for crew 24 hours a day/7 days per week in the field and at camp
- Wilderness First Responder certification
- 2+ years leading youth corps crews
- Lifeguard Certificate
- Experience in conflict management and leading group debriefs
- Crosscut certification
Responsibilities and Duties– Including but not limited to:
- Successfully completing conservation projects on time and motivating the crew
- Driving crews to and from work and camp sites safely
- Creating a safe environment for youth to grow while managing group dynamics
- Capturing before and after photos of projects, and taking pictures of the crew at work and camp
- Teaching meal planning and cooking skills to the crew
- Completing daily and weekly paperwork (Project Accomplishments, Incident Reports, Daily Entries, etc.)
- Teaching students LNT principles and ensuring that they maintain a safe and clean camp
- Teaching educational lessons with the aid of a curriculum
- Leading recreation trips on weekends: backpacking, rock climbing, swimming…
- Conducting personal check-ins as well as mid-session and final evaluations of crew members
- Administering first aid and keeping detailed records
- Leading evening debriefs and teambuilding activities
- Responsible for the proper and safe treatment of all P-CREW gear and equipment
Start and end dates: June 1, 2020- August 28, 2020
To apply for this job please visit SierraInstitute.us.