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TCN 2019 Fact Sheet

Polk County Conservation Youth Corps

Position title : Crew Leader

Deadline to apply : 02/17/2019

Type of Position : Crew Leader

Town, City, Park, etc : Des Moines

State / Territory : Iowa

Organization/Program Description :

The Polk County Conservation Youth Corps gives teenagers opportunities to work in Iowa’s natural spaces while learning valuable professional and personal skills in a non-residential program setting. Crews practice teamwork while completing conservation service projects like trail maintenance and invasive species removal. Corpsmembers leave with enhanced job skills, confidence as leaders, and greater environmental awareness.

The Polk County Conservation Youth Corps mission is to engage and inspire diverse youth through hands-on environmental stewardship projects, outdoor recreation, and conservation education.

We are a young, small program and 2019 will be our 3rd year of operations. Learn what it’s like to work within Iowa’s incredible network of county conservation organizations.

Position Description :

Get paid to work outside and inspire young people through environmental stewardship projects. You will work alongside a fellow crew leader to supervise, mentor, and inspire a crew of 10 teens. You’ll gain experience managing a crew, maintaining trails, restoring habitat, creating dialogue around conservation, and leading outdoor recreation activities.

Workdays will typically be Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (including 30 minutes for lunch). The program will include at least one required overnight camping trip per month. Summer lodging may be available if needed.

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Job Duties :
  • Serves as a co-leader for a crew of up to 10 youth with a desire to make a difference in the lives of young adults
  • Supervises, motivates and encourages crew members, in a variety of scenarios and situations, to restore and protect habitat, appreciate the outdoors and learn life skills
  • Serves as a positive role model and mentor, fostering environmental awareness and a strong work ethic in crew members
  • Instructs crew members in safe operation of tools and equipment and enforces safe practices
  • Leads crew to complete projects that may include invasive species removal, trail maintenance, painting, small carpentry projects, campground maintenance, trash removal, seed harvest, tree planting, etc.
  • Lead educational and recreational activities that may involve following a lesson plan, facilitating group discussions, leading activities, or teaching recreation such as canoeing, fishing, camping, fire building, etc.
  • Manages daily activities and work projects by communicating expectations to crew members
  • Completes necessary paperwork including but not limited to incident reports, crew member check-in, pre-and post-program surveys, daily work logs, and tool and equipment inventory
Requirements :
Basic Qualifications
  • Enthusiasm for working outside
  • Experience working with youth as a positive role model and teacher
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Great work ethic
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to pass pre-employment background check
  • Wilderness First Aid or Basic First Aid certification (acquired prior to start date)
Desired Qualifications
  • Capable of motivating diverse youth
  • Adaptable to changing circumstances
  • Passion for outdoor recreation
  • Experience working on environmental stewardship projects
  • Able to make good decisions that account for the safety and well-being of the crew
Physical Expectations
  • Standing, walking, sitting, stooping or crouching, kneeling, reaching, talking, hearing
  • Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amounts of force frequently to lift, push, pull, or otherwise move objects and operate equipment
  • Willingness and ability to work outside in an environment subject to heat and humidity, sunburn, insect bites, poison ivy, or other natural elements
Benefits :

Stipend of $500/week paid every two weeks.

Summer lodging may be available if needed.

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