Conservation Youth Crew Leader
Southwest Conservation Corps

Conservation Youth Crew Leader

Southwest Conservation Corps
Los Valles Office - Salida, Colorado

Now Hiring Conservation Youth Crew Leaders! May start date in Colorado!

Start Date:

Title: Youth Crew Leader

Reports to: Program Director

Location: Based out of Salida, CO Office - location of day to day programming will vary by crew Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt

Wages: $460-600/week-DOE; $460/week during training period

Program Dates: 2-week paid training May 22- June 2; followed by two 4-week long sessions, June 5 - August 4 (unpaid intersession week off between the two sessions)

Southwest Conservation Corps: The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) empowers individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment. SCC is a local, non-profit, AmeriCorps affiliated organization with offices in Salida, CO; Durango, CO; and Ancestral Lands sites. SCC youth programs select young adults, ages 14-18, to complete conservation work projects on public and reservation lands through the Southwest. SCC programs encourage environmental stewardship, foster community partnerships, and emphasize experiential learning. SCC serves a diverse population that is representative of the Southwest; including youth, graduates, and a cross-section of ethnicities and socioeconomic levels.

Position Summary:

Southwest Conservation Corps’ Youth Crew Leaders safety lead and mentor youth 14-18 on projects in their local communities. Successful candidates will demonstrate high standards, compassion, excellent judgment, and the desire to devote themselves to youth and the environment. The Youth Crew Leader position requires mentorship and technical aptitude, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors.


* Manage, supervise, and lead the day-to-day details of project work, including managing quality and quantity of the work

* Implement skills training on work-site and facilitate intentional discussions via informal lessons to contribute to the crew’s personal growth and group dynamics

* Design and implement specific educational activities

* Train and motivate a crew of six to eight young adults to efficiently complete conservation projects on public lands

* Think critically to resolve issues and solve problems

* Communicate effectively & coordinate logistics with project partners, co-leader, & SCC staff

* Monitor, manage, and promote the crew’s physical and emotional safety on and off the work site

* Transport crew’s and equipment safely in SCC’s vans or large SUVs with trailers

* Complete professional documentation of time sheets, daily and weekly reports, corps member and peer evaluations, disciplinary action forms, incident reports, etc.

* Manage food budget and credit card for purchases

Minimum Qualifications:

* Leadership experience with youth

* Strong time-management skills and ability to work independently as well as with others

* Ability to effectively and efficiently manage all aspects of crew life and production within a 40-50-hour work week.

* Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment

* Physically fit and able to work long days in adverse conditions

* Experience with backpacking, wilderness living and travel, LNT principles

* High School diploma or GED certificate

* Must hold current/relevant medical certification – WFA or higher with CPR/AED

* Must be able to pass a criminal history background check

* Must be 21, have a clean driving record (insurable by SCC) and a current driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

* Experience with SCC or other conservation corps or youth corps

* Experience with experiential and/or environmental education

* Facilitation and team-building experience with diverse groups of people

* Strong conflict resolution skills

* Conservation, construction or landscaping experience

* Familiarity with basic conservation skills including tool maintenance

* Relevant Bachelor’s Degree

To Apply:

* Complete the Youth Crew Leader – Community Corps application at:

* Questions can be addressed to: Anna Hendricks; 719-580-3272;

How to Apply

Please go to our website and apply online!