What is The Corps Network?

Our Impact FY19

Montana Conservation Corps

Actively Recruiting:

Position title :
Women's Fire Crew Leader

Deadline to apply :

Type of Position :
Crew Leader

Town, City, Park, etc :

State / Territory :

Benefits :

Project/Program Focus :
Forestry, Other, Young Adult Programs (18+)

Organization/Program Description :

In a Harvard Business Review, Women Leaders described themselves in ways that characterize “transformational” leadership—getting others to transform their own self-interest into the interest of the group through concern for a broader goal. Moreover, they ascribe their power to personal characteristics like charisma, interpersonal skills, hard work, or personal contacts rather than to organizational stature. This is ideal for someone who’s interested in being one of our Women’s Fire Crew Leaders.

Your primary work includes working with a crew of women on habitat restoration and fuels mitigation with the potential for fire response and prescribed burning with a heavy emphasis in chainsaw use.  You will earn your S212 (Wildland Fire Chainsaws), S130 (Firefighter Training), S190 (Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior), and your red card after passing a pack test and physical. Basic First Aid and CPR training will also be provided. This experience will give you on the job training for a career in wildland firefighting and an opportunity to be a part of a groundbreaking group of diverse women.

Each crew will consist of 5 members and 1 leader. Crews will work and camp for up to 14 days at a time in frontcountry and backcountry locations in all types of weather conditions. Among other various projects, project work will include habitat restoration and fuels reduction. If conditions permit the crew will have the opportunity to go on one fire roll and complete prescribed burn work in the fall.

Position Description :

Position Summary: This position will be based out of our Bozeman office but may spend extended periods of time in other states. 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, oftentimes in remote locations in varied terrain and in all weather conditions.  Primary work will include habitat restoration and fuels mitigation with the potential for fire response upon the season’s end – with a heavy emphasis in chainsaw use during the season. 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 to 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 efficient and effective chainsaw use 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  project records
  • Complete and submit required reports and other paperwork in a timely manner



  • High school degree, GED, or willingness to work towards obtaining a GED
  • 21 years old on the start date of the program
  • Valid driver’s license, ability to pass a Motor Vehicle Records check
  • Ability to pass National Standards for Wildland Firefighting; including Pack Test and relevant Medical Screenings
  • US Citizenship or lawful permanent US Resident
  • Ability to pass a National Service Criminal History Check
  • 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 – 70lbs
  • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds repeatedly and operate a chainsaw on a regular basis
  • Effective written and oral communication skills

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
  • Prior experience with chainsaw use and operation

Desired Additional Qualifications:

  • Trained on Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification

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.

Additional Benefits :

Living Allowance: $700 biweekly before taxes
AmeriCorps Education Award: $3097.50 upon completion of the program

Contact Information :

Selina Irby


selina @mtcorps.org