Montana Conservation Corps

  • Senior Crew Leader

    Job Locations US
    Posted Date 2 months ago(10/3/2018 3:30 PM)
    # of Openings
    Wage Type
    Living Allowance
    USD $710.00/Bw.
  • Overview

    Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization which operates from offices in Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell and Missoula, Montana.  Our work takes place in a variety of prairie and forested locations in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, North Dakota and South Dakota.  MCC strives to give its participants the experience of a lifetime through challenging conservation work and the rigors of life outdoors, coupled with education developed specifically to create engaged citizens and lifelong environmental stewards.  A term with MCC provides the ideal opportunity to discover personal growth, greater self-awareness, increased confidence, communication and leadership skills, as well as the ability to meaningfully engage with those of diverse backgrounds.


    Position Summary

    The Senior Crew Leader’s (SCL) responsibilities will include training of Field and Youth Crew Leaders, field visitation and logistical support to help ensure 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.


    Crew Leaders understand that commitment, flexibility and self-motivation are integral to maintaining the high expectations placed upon them.  They use their training, experience and commitment to facilitate their crew’s development.  They are creative in their approach to problem solving and motivating others, and are invested in the idea that their personal development and growth as a leader are most fully realized when used in service to their crews, their communities and the environment.


    • $5,920 AmeriCorps Education Award
    • $710 biweekly living allowance
    • Health Insurance


    Programmatic Duties

    • Assist staff in planning and implementing trainings for members and leaders
    • Facilitate and deliver MCC education components to leaders and crews in the field
    • 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 ensure crew compliance
    • Assist regional staff with recruitment of crew members
    • Assist in planning, coordinating and leading volunteer service opportunities
    • Assist in project logistics, including coordinating the regional tool cache, assisting with regional inventory, field visits to crews, and communicating with project partners from the office
    • Provide technical training, 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
    • Current Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification or higher, OR ability to obtain through MCC-provided training
    • Previous leadership experience, skills or training
    • Ability to hike 3-12 miles per day in terrain that can be steep, rocky or uneven, 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 be away on overnight trips for up to two weeks at a time, often camping in a tent
    • Possess some relevant technical skills including trail maintenance and construction, crosscut and chainsaw use and maintenance, fencing, stream bank restoration, back country travel, or other natural resource work
    • 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

    MCC seeks to provide access and opportunity to a diverse group of staff and participants, while continuing to identify and reduce barriers to being involved in our organization and programs.  We encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply.


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