Montana Conservation Corps

Crew Leader, based in Blackfeet Nation

Job Locations US-MT-Kalispell
Posted Date 5 months ago(10/24/2017 12:56 PM)
# of Openings
Wage Type
Living Allowance
USD $631.50/Bw.


The Crew Leader position is a great opportunity for someone interested in developing their leadership skills, enhancing relationships within the local community, and positively impacting young adults with projects on nearby ancestral lands. 
Leadership Training! You will participate in MCC's Leadership Development Program (LDP), which offers technical and fundamental skill training such as chainsaw use, trail construction, risk management, and leadership skills.
Community Building! You will work with local community organizations, agencies, and educational institutions to build relationships within the Blackfeet community and to help select members for the summer crew operating in Blackfeet nation.  
Field Work! Once the summer session starts, you will be based mainly in Browning, MT, to co-lead 9 weeks of field based projects with your crew. As a crew, you’ll work with a variety of tribal, federal and non-profit partners to complete important natural resource management, cultural, and community service projects. Project partners include the Blackfeet Tribal lands department, Tribal Historic Preservation Dept, Glacier National Park, the US Forest Service and more.


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

This position will be instrumental in the implementation of a corps program on the Blackfeet Reservation. Primary duties of the Blackfeet Crew Leader (CL) include assuring the successful completion of MCC natural resource and community service projects, on-site management of a crew, monitoring of crew dynamics to ensure a high level of crew functioning and the delivery of the full range of MCC program components.  The CL and co-CL are part of a leadership team working under the supervision of the Regional Director and Program Manager.  The CL is the primary in-field liaison between Regional staff and the project partner or technical advisor. The CL ensures that MCC policies and procedures are followed by all Crew Members on the crew.  The CL also will establish and maintain a good working relationship with the project technical advisor, Crew Members, youth and volunteers working alongside the crew and MCC staff. The CL is an AmeriCorps participant and is entitled to the benefit package offered all AmeriCorps participants.  This position may have access to vulnerable populations.


  • $631.50 bi-weekly living allowance
  • AmeriCorps Education Award
  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid Certification
  • Technical Skills Training
  • Fundamental Skills Training
  • Health Insurance


Programmatic Duties:

  • Guide, support and assist Crew Members to ensure quality work performance, safety, and crew well being
  • Communicate and organize work in conjunction with the sponsor/technical advisor; assure project completion to the satisfaction of sponsor expectations
  • Ensure safety as the top priority during all MCC activities and projects; promote a ‘culture of safety’
  • Follow all MCC policies and procedures; assure crew compliance to promote safe, well-functioning crews
  • Makes recommendation to regional staff for fair and appropriate discipline of Corps Members as needed
  • Ensure high quality implementation of education, crew roles, and all other program elements.
  • Assist Regional staff with recruitment of Crew Members, where possible
  • Promote a positive public image for the MCC by wearing the MCC uniform and acting in a professional and respectful manner at all times while representing MCC
  • Teach Crew Members all relevant technical project and camp-life skills necessary to ensure safety and high quality project completion
  • Provide technical, logistical and leadership support to crews and individual Crew Members
  • Attend and assist in MCC service days and other MCC events
  • Attend at least one public meeting and volunteer at least twice with local non-profit groups or agencies


Administrative Duties:

  • Maintain accurate crew, payroll, personnel, participant development, safety and work project records
  • Maintain accurate inventory and vehicle records
  • Complete and submit required reports and other paperwork in a timely manner
  • Provide information for evaluation of Crew 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
  • At least two years of college or military experience, or equivalent work experience
  • Ability to hike 3-12 miles per day in rugged terrain, often wearing a 45lb backpack and carrying tools
  • 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
  • Ability to work long hours in challenging conditions, often with very little direct supervision.


Helpful 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                       


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