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Montana Conservation Corps

Position title : Field Crew Leader

Deadline to apply : 01/20/2020

Type of Position : Crew Leader

Town, City, Park, etc : Bozeman, Helena, Missoula, Kalispell

State / Territory : Montana

Organization/Program Description :

Ready for an opportunity to get out of your backyard and explore places that many people never get the opportunity to experience and enjoy.  We are gearing up to build our amazing field crews and we need positive and encouraging leaders. This opportunity allows you to serve alongside others from across the country who shares in your passion for hard work and conservation of wild lands. Your time with MCC will have impact you as well as the landscapes and communities you serve.

Throughout your time in the field, you’ll work hard while exploring wild lands and developing communication and a variety of skills, including leadership and technical field skills.  Crew interactions are designed to enhance personal growth. This includes labor-intensive fieldwork, the rigors of camp life, and public lands education focused on connecting your day-to-day work to MCC’s mission.

Position Description :

Position Summary: The Crew Leader (CL) will assist in the successful completion of MCC natural resource and community service projects, on-site management of a crew, monitoring of crew dynamics to ensure a high level of crew motivation and functioning, as well as the delivery of the full range of MCC program components. This is not a 9-5 job, rather a commitment to service and an experience where long hours and extended time away from your home base are to be expected. Serving as a CL at MCC means having passion for service to others, for wild lands and wild places, for personal growth, or for any number of MCC’s values.  Leaders and their crews will camp for most of their term, often times in remote locations in varied terrain and in all weather conditions. Work may include building or maintaining trails, treating or removing invasive species, building fences, operating chainsaws to reduce wildfire risks by thinning trees, among many other types of projects.  Not all CLs will work on all types of projects.  Crews may be deployed for natural disaster relief.  The CL is the primary in-field liaison between regional staff and the on-site project partner or technical advisor, generally an employee of the land management agency or group working with the crew. The CL will also establish and maintain a good working relationship with other partner personnel, Crew Members, MCC staff and volunteers who come into contact with the crew. The CL prioritizes Crew Member development through program delivery, project work, and adherence to MCC policies and procedures.  The CL is entitled to the benefit package offered all AmeriCorps participants.

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.

Programmatic Duties:

  • Actively participate in MCC’s Leadership Development Program, gaining knowledge of, and demonstrating investment in, MCC’s approach to fulfilling its mission
  • Guide, support and assist Crew Members to ensure quality work performance, safety, and crew well being
  • Communicate and organize service work in conjunction with the partner/land management agency’s technical advisor; ensure project completion to the satisfaction of partner expectations
  • 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
  • Make recommendations to regional staff for fair and appropriate behavior management of Crew Members as needed
  • Oversee implementation of all elements of the Crew Member Development program, including delivery of MCC’s formal education curriculum, ensuring successful Crew Member performance of crew roles and by providing opportunities for Crew Members feel empowered to take on leadership roles
  • Instruct Crew Members in all relevant technical project skills necessary to promote safety and high quality project completion. Skills include, but are not limited to:  situational awareness, proper tool use, ergonomics/body mechanics and appropriate methods for project implementation which meet partner agency standards
  • Teach Crew Members all relevant camp-life skills, including, but not limited to: leave-no-trace ethics, group kitchen setup/use, hygiene methods and waste management
  • Provide technical, logistical and leadership support to crews and individual 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
  • Attend and assist in MCC-hosted service days with members of the community and other MCC events
  • Fulfill other program-specific requirements such as those focused on civic engagement
  • Demonstrate an ability to work across differences to promote inclusion of all participants

Administrative Duties:

  • Provide information for development and evaluation of Crew Members; including both positive feedback and areas of potential improvement
  • Maintain accurate records, including timesheets, personnel, Crew Member development, inventory, safety and  work project records
  • Complete and submit required reports and other paperwork in a timely manner before end of term of service

 

Job Duties :

Encouraged Aptitude:

  • Demonstrates strong service ethic and desire to serve the community and the environment
  • Embraces 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
  • Commitment to completing term; available for duration of entire term of service

Desired Additional Qualifications:

  • Valid driver’s license, ability to pass a Motor Vehicle Records check
Requirements :
  • High school degree, GED, or willingness to work towards obtaining a GED
  • Minimum age of 21 years old on the start date of the program
  • US Citizenship or lawful permanent US Resident
  • Ability to pass a National Service Criminal History Check
  • Ability to hike 3-20 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 – 70lbs
  • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds repeatedly and use hand and power tools
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
Benefits :

The MCC is a host site for AmeriCorps National Service participants. As a crew leader, you will join a national service movement that is positively impacting communities and the environment nationwide. You will receive applicable certifications and licenses, including Wilderness First Aid.  You will also receive a living stipend ($700 bi-weekly), health insurance, and an education award upon completion of your term of service. You can use this education award to pay for existing student loans or future education.

Contact Information :

Selina Irby

[email protected]

406-587-4475 ext. 122