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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
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:
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.
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.
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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