Montana Conservation Corps

  • Youth Crew Leader - Indian Education for All Partnership

    Job Locations US-MT-Helena
    Posted Date 3 months ago(2/5/2018 3:14 PM)
    # of Openings
    Wage Type
    Living Allowance
    USD $700.00/Bw.
  • Overview

    A Youth Crew Leader is the perfect fit for someone searching for a meaningful position that positively impacts middle and high school age youth, local communities, and nearby public lands.


    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 piloting corps opportunities with Montana school districts Indian Education for All (IEFA) summer programs.  Primary duties of the IEFA Youth Crew Leader (YCL) include working alongside a co-leader and certified teacher for daily on-site management of a crew consisting of 8-10 American Indian youth members (both middle school and high school ages).  Youth Crew Leaders are responsible for maintenance of crew dynamics to ensure a high level of crew function and safety, and the delivery of the appropriate program components, including ancestral lands lessons utilizing community members.  In addition, the YCL will work with school staff to determine curriculum for students to obtain credit.  The YCL works under the supervision of the Regional staff and is the primary in-field liaison between regional staff, project partners and IEFA staff.   The YCL ensures that policies and procedures are followed by all Youth members on the crew.  The YCL also will establish and maintain a good working relationship with project partners/technical advisors, youth members, youth’s parents and staff.  This position should be viewed not as a 9-5 job but as an experience where long hours, often in remote locations on difficult terrain and in all weather conditions, are to be expected.  This position will have recurring access to vulnerable populations.  The YCL is an AmeriCorps member and is entitled to the benefit package offered all AmeriCorps members.  


    • $700 biweekly living allowance
    • AmeriCorps Education Award
    • Technical Skills Training
    • Leadership and Interpersonal Skills Training
    • Health Insurance


    Programmatic Duties

    • Ensure safety as the top priority during all MCC activities and projects and promote a culture of safety
    • Design and deliver orientation for participants and parents, and on-going training for youth members
    • Provide guidance and support to youth members during day projects, educational and cultural components and any overnight camping experiences to ensure quality performance and crew well-being
    • Communicate and organize projects in conjunction with regional and state staff and the partner/technical advisor to assure project completion
    • Follow all MCC policies and procedures and assure youth crew compliance to promote well-functioning crews
    • Make recommendations to IEFA staff for fair and appropriate discipline of youth members as needed
    • 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
    • Attend at least one public meeting and volunteer at least twice with local non-profit groups or agencies

    Administrative Duties

    • Maintain accurate crew, personnel, Youth Crew Member development, safety, inventory, and work accomplishments
    • Complete and submit required reports and other paperwork in a timely manner before end of term of service
    • Provide information for evaluation of Youth Crew members at the end of their session



    • 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 pass a National Service Criminal History Check and background check for working with vulnerable populations
    • Available for duration of entire term of service; commitment to completing term
    • Current First Aid/CPR certification
    • Effective written and oral communication skills
    • Strong service ethic and desire to serve the community and the environment
    • Willingness to work in all weather conditions; and ability to be away from regional office for up to 2 weeks at a time

    Helpful Experience

    • Previous leadership experience, skills and training, preferably in a corps program, or similar setting
    • Teaching experience, skills or training, preferably with youth ages 13-18 in an outdoor setting
    • Ability to work with school district and IEFA staff to create and implement programs in Billings and Great Falls


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