Montana Conservation Corps

  • Senior Youth Crew Leader

    Job Locations US
    Posted Date 3 months ago(10/18/2018 12:37 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

    Primary duties of the Senior Youth Crew Leader (SYCL) include training of Expedition, Youth and Field Crew Leaders, field visitation and logistical support to help insure the successful completion of MCC youth projects and programming, and logistical support to ensure regional operations run smoothly.  The SYCL, under the supervision of the Youth Program Manager, works with all regional staff and must maintain communication between the office and the field.   The SYCL 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, parents/guardians, and community organizations. The SYCL will be called upon to lead or join an existing crew when necessary.  The SYCL is an AmeriCorps member and is entitled to the benefit package offered 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.  SYCLs 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. 


    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

    • Actively participate in MCC’s Leadership Development Program, gaining knowledge of, and demonstrating investment in, MCC’s approach to fulfilling its mission
    • 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 as the top priority during all MCC activities and projects; promote a ‘culture of safety’ with emphasis on adherence to MCC policies and procedures
    • Assist regional staff with recruitment of crew members
    • 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
    • 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
    • Provide in-field support for leaders and crews, both through episodic, overnight trips to check-in on crews and by filling in for longer periods as a leader due to unforeseen circumstances
    • Support Crew Leaders with leadership or crew dynamic challenges and help facilitate debriefs
    • Demonstrate an ability to work across differences to promote inclusion of all participants

    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 Youth Crew Leaders and Youth Crew Members; including both positive feedback and areas of potential improvement



    • Leadership and/or teaching experience, skills, or training with youth
    • 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
    • Available for duration of entire term of service; commitment to completing term
    • Current Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification, or higher, OR ability to obtain through MCC-provided training
    • Effective written and oral communication skills
    • Strong service ethic and desire to serve the community and the environment
    • 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
    • Willingness to work long, hard hours in all weather conditions; ability to be away on overnight trips for up to two weeks at a time, often camping in a tent

    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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