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Southwest Conservation Corps

Position title : Dolores River Restoration Partnership (DRRP) Strike Team Crew Lead

Deadline to apply : 03/23/2020

Type of Position : Crew Leader

Town, City, Park, etc : Durango

State / Territory : Colorado

Organization/Program Description :

Southwest Conservation Corps:

The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization, whose mission is to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment. SCC supports youth, adult camping crews (ages 18-30), and Veteran fire crews (ages 18-35) with crew-based programming to complete challenging and impactful conservation projects throughout the Four Corners and Los Valles Regions. Projects include, trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, invasive species removal, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation, habitat/vegetation surveying, and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief. SCC crews work in national parks, forests, and other public lands throughout central and southwestern Colorado.

Position Description :

This Strike Team will work as part of the Dolores River Restoration Partnership (DRRP), which is a public-private collaborative of conservation corps, BLM managers, private landowners, and other community members surrounding the Dolores River watershed. The DRRP is in year 10 of an ambitious effort to treat invasive plant species along 175 miles of the Dolores River corridor. The primary responsibilities of this crew are to treat noxious weeds, maintain and participate in revegetation activities such as seeding and planting, collect vegetation monitoring and survey data, and perform general restoration activities as needed by the partnership. This crew is designed to be flexible to meet the evolving needs of the partnership and changing conditions of restoration sites. Flexibility and adaptability are essential for this Strike Team leader position.

This crew leader will be responsible for leading a 2 to 3-person crew (1 leader, 1-2 members). While working (i.e. on-hitch), the crew will camp together, prepare all meals together, and work together as a group to complete all projects and chores. Hitch schedules may vary between 4 days on, 3 days off to 8 days on, 6 days off. SCC does not provide accommodations off-hitch and Crew Leaders will be responsible for their own accommodations during that time.

Crew Leaders will lead crews in completing technical conservation projects while instilling interpersonal skills and leadership skills. Crew leaders will also be responsible for leading crews in environmental stewardship, i.e. Leave No Trace, and risk management. A variety of soft skills and technical competencies are required to be successful in this role.

Job Duties :

Leadership & Mentorship

  • Integrate values pertaining to DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) within the corps
  • Implement skills training on worksite and facilitate intentional discussions via informal lessons to contribute to the crew’s personal growth and group dynamics.
  • Foster 21st century work skills in corps members, i.e.: collaboration & teamwork, creativity & imagination, critical thinking, problem-solving, flexibility & adaptability
  • Must be willing to follow and enforce all SCC policies, maintain professional boundaries, and appropriately represent SCC. This includes creating a substance free work environment, refraining from the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and drugs while involved in the program

Project Management & Implementation

  • Implement a 10-hour workday and ensure professionalism is always maintained
  • Delegation of project work & investment among co-leader and crew
  • Manage the on-the-ground quality and quantity of project work
  • Think critically to resolve issues and solve problems
  • Effectively coordinate logistics with project partners, co-leader, & SCC staff

Risk Management

  • Analyze, manage, and inform on hazardous conditions and crew health
  • Exhibit strong situational awareness & promote a culture of safety
  • Transport crew and equipment safely in SCC’s vans or large SUVs with trailers

Administration

  • Meet all deadlines for documentation, i.e., timesheets, evaluations, incident reports
  • Record all project related outcomes and deliverables.
  • Manage food budget and credit card for purchases.
Requirements :

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Willingness to commit fully to the program and its mission
  • Ability to effectively and 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
  • Willingness to learn and be a part of a dynamic community of peer leaders
  • Must be adaptive, patient and able to maintain a positive perspective throughout
  • Physically capable of standing and walking (at a minimum 6 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in upwards of 100 degree (F) heat
  • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads. Willingness to constantly teach and demonstrate best driving practices.
  • Must be able to speak, understand and write English
  • High School diploma or GED certificate
  • Must hold current/relevant medical certification (WFR, WEMT, or OEC) with CPR/AED
  • Must be 21, have a clean driving record (insurable by SCC) and a current driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Leadership experience with youth or young adults
  • Experience with SCC or other conservation corps or youth corps
  • Experience with experiential and/or environmental education
  • Experience with backpacking, wilderness living and travel, and LNT principles.
  • Facilitation and team-building experience with diverse groups of people
  • Strong time-management skills and ability to work independently as well as with others
  • Strong conflict resolution skills
  • ArcGIS certification or experience, including use of ArcMap, ArcGIS Online and Arc Collector
  • Botanical identification training/experience
  • Chainsaw experience
  • Experience with application and handling of pesticides/herbicides. Current pesticide licensure in the state of Colorado is a plus
  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree
  • Sense of humor, spirit of adventure, and desire to make a positive difference and promote leadership in others
Benefits :

Wages:$685 / week

Benefits: Includes health benefits. Food provided while in the field, uniforms, personal protective equipment, U.S. Forest Service recognized S-212 Chainsaw training (Certificate awarded upon completion of program), Colorado pesticide applicator examination and licensure, and other development opportunities.

Contact Information :

Any questions can be addressed to:

Emily Kasyon, Watershed Programs Coordinator: [email protected]