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Polk County Conservation Youth Corps
Position title : Senior Crew Leader
Deadline to apply : 01/27/2019
Start Date : 05/01/2019
End Date : 10/31/2019
Type of Position : Staff (Seasonal)
Town, City, Park, etc : Des Moines
State / Territory : Iowa
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.
The Senior Crew Leader position is responsible for supporting all Polk County Conservation Youth Corps program activities from early May through October 2019. This position will split time between administrative duties and direct co-leadership of a youth crew. In the spring, this person’s duties may include processing hiring paperwork and finalizing work project details in advance of summer field-based work. After co-leading summer youth crews, the Senior Crew Leader will again provide administrative support to include recruitment for fall crews before acting as a leader for a fall crew.
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- 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
- Assists with administrative tasks as needed to support seasonal crews
- Communicates effectively while taking a leadership initiative
- Upholds and demonstrates the Polk County Conservation Youth Corps Code of Conduct at all times
- Graduation from an accredited college or institute with an Associate’s Degree in Environmental Science, Forestry, Education, Social Work or similar degree or experience working with youth
- Any equivalent combination of training and experience which will have provided the required knowledge, skills, and abilities as listed above
- Must be at least 19 years of age
- A criminal background check is required
- Pre-employment physical including drug screening is required
- Candidate must pass a post-employment offer physical examination and Physical Capacity testing to ensure candidate meets the essential physical requirements of the position
New Hire: $13.50/hr
Housing may be available if needed