Montana Conservation Corps

Senior Crew Leader - Helena

3 weeks ago
# of Openings
Wage Type
Living Allowance
USD $650.00/Bw.


Whether it’s clearing downed trees with a chainsaw, coordinating with other groups for volunteer opportunities, building a new trail in the deep wilderness, assisting with regional inventory, teaching a group of youth during an afterschool program or restoring sage grouse habitat on the eastern plains; this leader completes projects of all sorts. Joining MCC is not a job – it’s a serious commitment to service and an opportunity to immerse oneself in a diverse experience.


About Montana Conservation Corps

Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) is a nationally-recognized nonprofit that instills hope and purpose in a new generation of young leaders who get things done to improve our lands and communities. Through hands-on service, our participants, including teens, young adults, and veterans, develop the self-awareness, grit, people skills, connection to place, and respect for their own power to enact change, to be leaders, stewards of the land, and engaged citizens who improve their communities. In turn, these young leaders improve hundreds of miles of trails and tens of thousands of acres of habitat each year. In 2017, over 600 youth, from local communities and reservations, and recruited nationally into our AmeriCorps program, will serve on a crew or as an intern for 3 to 11 months. MCC is based in Bozeman, MT, with regional offices in Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. We work throughout the Northern Rockies and Plains.


About the Position

Primary duties of the Senior Crew Leader (SCL) include training of Field and Youth Crew Leaders, field visitation and logistical support to help insure the successful completion of MCC projects and programming, and logistical support to ensure regional operations run smoothly.  The SCL, under the supervision of the Regional Program Manager or Youth Program Manager respectively, works with all regional staff and must maintain communication between the office and the field.   The SCL helps ensure that MCC policies and procedures are followed by all members and leaders while establishing and maintaining a good working relationship with project partners. The SCL will be called upon to lead or join an existing crew when necessary.  The SCL is an AmeriCorps member and is entitled to the benefit package offered to all AmeriCorps members. This position should be viewed not as a 9-5 job but as an experience where long hours and extended time away from home, often in remote locations on difficult terrain and in all weather condition, are to be expected.  SCLs must be self-motivated and flexible in order to meet the changing needs of the position. This position will have recurring access to vulnerable populations. 


  • $650 bi-weekly living allowance
  • AmeriCorps Education Award
  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid Certification
  • Opportunity for National Sawyer Certification on Chainsaw & Crosscut
  • Technical Skills Training
  • Fundamental Skills Training
  • Health Insurance


Programmatic Duties

  • Ensure safety is the top priority during all MCC activities and projects; promote a ‘culture of safety’
  • Follow and model all MCC policies and procedures and assure crew compliance
  • Assist staff in planning and implementing trainings for members and leaders
  • Facilitate and deliver MCC education components to leaders and crews in the field
  • Assist regional staff with recruitment of corpsmembers
  • Assist in planning, coordinating and leading volunteer service opportunities
  • Assist in project logistics, including coordinating the regional tool cache, assisting with regional inventory, and communicating with project partners from the office
  • Provide technical assistance and guidance to crews and leaders as needed
  • Support Crew Leaders with leadership or crew dynamic challenges and help facilitate debriefs


Administrative Duties


  • Maintain accurate crew, project, program, and safety records
  • Maintain accurate inventory and records
  • Complete and submit required reports and other paperwork in a timely manner before end of term of service
  • Provide information for evaluation of Crew Leaders and Members; include both positive feedback and areas of potential improvement



  • High school degree, GED, or willingness to work towards obtaining a GED
  • Minimum age of 21
  • US Citizenship or lawful permanent US Resident
  • Valid driver’s license, ability to pass a Motor Vehicle Records check
  • Ability to hike 3-12 miles per day in rugged terrain, often wearing a 45lb backpack while carrying tools and sometimes backpacking with full packs of 60-70 pounds
  • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds repeatedly and use hand and power tools
  • Ability to pass a National Service Criminal History Check
  • Available for duration of entire term of service; commitment to completing term
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Strong service ethic and desire to serve the community and the environment
  • Willingness to work long, hard hours in all weather conditions; ability to be away on overnight trips for up to 10 days at a time


Qualifications – Desired


  • At least two years of college or military experience, or equivalent work experience
  • Previous Corps Experience
  • Leadership and/or teaching experience, skills, or training
  • Technical and outdoor skills, including camp craft, trail work, and knowledge of power and hand tools
  • Current First aid & CPR certification  
  • Focused Senior positions
    • Veteran Senior Leader – previous military experience
    • Youth Senior Leader – enthusiasm for working with youth


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