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Summer Crew Leader-Youth Conservation Corps

Crew Leader · Finland, Minnesota
Department Crew Leader
Employment Type Seasonal
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation $680/week


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In partnership with the US Forest Service, MobilizeGreen is seeking 6 Crew Leaders for its residential Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program during the summer of 2020. The MobilizeGreen-Forest Service YCC program includes two three-week residential programs for diverse young people between the ages of 15 and 18 years of age who are recruited nationally.  Housed in dorms at an Environmental Education Center in Minnesota, nestled in the woods off the shores of Lake Superior, crew members and leaders will build a community while living and working together as a team.  

Crew Leaders will lead teams of high-school students working on conservation projects in the Superior National Forest during the day and participating in environmental education, professional development, and outdoor recreation activities during the evenings and weekends. The goal of the program is to create environmental stewards and future leaders through community engagement, physical labor, and teamwork. Crew Leaders work in collaboration to manage student and group safety, personal development, camp life, environmental education, and trail projects. Crew Leaders also represent MobilizeGreen on-site and coordinate with the Forest Service partners on designated projects. Crew Leaders must attend the orientation and skills-based training session prior to the program. Program recruitment is targeted to attract youth and young adult leaders from diverse backgrounds, including socio-economically disadvantaged urban and rural communities, from across the country. 

Term: 10 total weeks, May 26-August 4, includes pre/post program admin and a 7-day break over the July 4th Holiday

  • May 26-June 5 training & prep

  • Session 1: June 7-27 

  • June 28th-July 11: Session 1 wrap up/holiday break/session 2 prep

  • Session 2: July 12-August 2

  • August 2-4th: program wrap up 


  • $680/week

  • Lodging & food provided

  • Travel to/from site 

  • Paid-training and Certifications

  • Develop collaboration and outdoor leadership skills

  • Work with diverse high school students from across the country

  • Learn about cultural and natural resource management careers

Duties and Responsibilities:

Crew Manager

  • Supervise Crew Members during all program activities and projects

  • Provide an emotionally and physically safe environment in accordance with MobilizeGreen’s Field Operations Standards

  • Work with other leaders to manage group dynamics of the crew

  • Assist with Environmental Education and team-building lessons during evenings and on weekends

  • Drive van with crew members to/from project site

 Service Project Advisor

  • Train and supervise Crew Members in safe and proper use of tools and all aspects of the service project (may include trail construction, maintenance, wildlife habitat work, site restoration, etc.)

  • Facilitate worksite and project, tool and equipment logistics; tool maintenance; and work schedule in partnership with Project Leader and USFS Staff.

  • Care for and maintain all program equipment and tools used in project. 

 Program Administrator

  • Manage administrative aspects of the crew including but not limited to required pre- and post-program paperwork, daily work logs, incident reports, equipment inventories, evaluations and final report. 

  • Communicate with full-time MobilizeGreen and USFS staff as required and as needed to report incidents & near misses, and program evaluations.

  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements During Term of Service:

  • Uphold and act in accordance with MobilizeGreen’s Field Operations Standards

  • Communicate effectively with MobilizeGreen staff, parents, agency partners, and co- leader during program

  • Participate fully in Crew Leader Orientation and any safety trainings.

  • Maintain positive relationship with agency partners.

  • Provide emotionally and physically safe environment for members.

  • Maintain a positive, professional relationship with other Crew Leaders.

  • Complete all necessary weekly and post-program paperwork, including an end of program debrief with MobilizeGreen Staff.

Desired Skills

  • Positive attitude, sense of humor and ability to adapt to new situations

  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and experience working with diverse populations

  • Youth /young adult programming experience working with youth or young adults (ages 15-18) as a teacher, mentor, leader, counselor or coach

  • Youth/Young Adult Programming- Documented experience working with youth or young adults (ages 14-18) as a teacher, mentor, leader, counselor or coach.

  • Teaching / Leadership- Experience working in an informal or formal educational environment or equivalent. Demonstrated ability to organize and effectively teach lessons, motivate teenage and/or young adult students, provide and accept constructive feedback and communicate effectively.

  • Outdoor Education / Skills- Experience / familiarity with outdoor skills, including: hiking, safety awareness, Leave No Trace, etc.

  • Conservation Project Skills- Experience in service project management, service learning, conservation, or trail/conservation projects and hand tool use. May also include experience with carpentry, landscaping, gardening, etc.


  • Must be 21 by May 1, 2020

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license with no major violations w/in past 3 years.

  • Must pass a criminal background check. 

  • Must be comfortable driving a mini-van in a rural environment. 

  • Current Wilderness First Aid/CPR Certification, or ability to obtain by start date

Work Environment and Physical Demands

This is physically demanding work. The work conditions are challenging and require the ability to handle strenuous work conditions, such as steep terrain, as well as environmental conditions, including rain and extreme heat. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Crew Leaders will be expected to stand, walk, and carry gear for up to 8 hours per day while keeping morale up among members.

Positions will be filled on a rolling basis.   




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  • Location
    Finland, Minnesota
  • Department
    Crew Leader
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