Montana Conservation Corps

Wildland Restoration Team Leader - Kalispell

3 weeks ago(1/2/2018 5:58 PM)
# of Openings
Wage Type
Living Allowance
USD $631.50/Bw.


Wildland Restoration Team (WRT) Leader gains valuable professional and practical experience in the burgeoning field of ecological restoration. 


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

The primary focus of the WRT is the identification, treatment, and inventory of invasive plant species throughout our most iconic and endangered landscapes in the Northern Rockies and Plains ecosystems utilizing chemical, mechanical and biological treatment techniques. Upon successful completion of an eight week training period the Team Leader (TL) will be responsible for leading 3 WRT Members through a 3- or 6-month term of service. Primary duties of the TL include serving as primary infield liaison between Regional Staff and Project Partners, ensuring that MCC policies and procedures are followed by all Team Members, and establishing and maintaining positive relationships with Project Partners, Team Members, MCC Staff, youth and volunteers. This position is supervised by the Wildland Restoration Field Coordinator. The TL is an AmeriCorps participant and is entitled to the benefit package offered all AmeriCorps participants.  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 adverse environmental and weather conditions, are to be expected. This position will not have recurring 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
  • Potential for relevant technical certifications


Programmatic Duties

  • Guide, support and assist Team 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
  • Make recommendations to regional staff for fair and appropriate discipline of Team Members as needed
  • Oversee implementation of all elements of the Team Member Development Program, including education components, ensure successful performance of team roles, and provide opportunities for Team Members to take on leadership roles
  • Assist Regional staff with recruitment of Team Members, where possible
  • Promote a positive public image for MCC by wearing the MCC uniform and acting in a professional and respectful manner at all times while representing MCC
  • Teach Team 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 Team Members
  • Attend and assist in MCC service days and other MCC events
  • Attend at least one public meeting and volunteer at least once with a local non-profit group or agency


Administrative Duties

  • Maintain accurate crew, payroll, personnel, Crew Member development, safety and work project records
  • Maintain accurate gear inventory
  • Maintain all necessary records, including MT Dept. of Ag. Application records
  • Complete and submit required reports and other paperwork in a timely manner, before end of term of service
  • Provide information for evaluation of Team Members; include both positive feedback and areas of potential improvement               


Qualifications – Must Have


  • 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 pass the State of Montana Professional Applicator Right of Way and National Core exams
  • Ability to hike 3-12 miles per day in rugged terrain, often wearing a 45lb backpack and carrying tools and sometimes backpacking with full packs of 60 – 70lbs.
  • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds repeatedly and use hand and power tools
  • Ability to pass a National Service Criminal History Check
  • Commitment to completing entire term of service
  • 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 14 days at a time

Qualifications – Desired

  • Leadership and/or teaching experience, skills, or training
  • At least two years of college or military experience, or equivalent work experience
  • Technical and outdoor skills, including camp craft, trail work, and knowledge of power and hand tools
  • Current First aid & CPR certification 
  • Effective written and oral communication skills  
  • Background, course-work, or interest in any of the natural sciences
  • Ability to use taxonomic or dichotomous keys to identify native and non-native plant species
  • Proficiency in data collection, management, record-keeping and other administrative tasks
  • Prior experience in camping, backcountry travel, or related field work.


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