Expedition Leader

Company: Montana Conservation Corps

Job Type: Full Time, Seasonal

Job Description



The Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) is currently looking for Expedition Crew Leaders!   We focus on the growth of our participants, transferable job skills, and making a positive impact on the climate and environment.  Expedition Leaders support Montana high school youth in the successful completion of natural resource and community service projects, provide on-site management of a youth crew, implement curriculum and actively facilitate crew dynamics to ensure a high level of crew community and safety.   Expedition Leaders will work with a co-leader to oversee 4-6 youth participants on two-week overnight service projects.  Youth participants are Montana residents ages 14-18 years old and come from a variety of backgrounds. Each expedition will be with a different roster of youth participants.  Expedition Leaders and their crews will camp for the full duration of the two week session, oftentimes in remote locations on varied terrain and in all weather conditions. Camping accommodations vary, but tend to be car-camping in backcountry settings. Work may include building or maintaining trails, building fences, and habitat restoration, among many other types of conservation projects.

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 (Depending on the time of season, this position will easily average over 50 hours per week). Leaders must be self-motivated and flexible in order to meet the changing needs of the position. Additionally, strong communication skills and solution-oriented mindset is valuable. This position will have recurring access to vulnerable populations and will be working with Montana Youth of a variety of backgrounds.

This is an amazing opportunity to mentor the next generation of land stewards!  Are you passionate about youth development? Want to address climate change issues?  Want to make a positive impact on the environment? Then this is the perfect opportunity for you!


Learn more about Youth Crews at MCC here!



  • 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

  • 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 use hand and power tools

  • Effective written and oral communication skills 

  • 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 14-30 days at a time

  • Commitment to completing term; available for duration of entire term of service

  • Passion for working with youth and the outdoors

  • Experience working with youth ages 14-18

MCC is committed to being diverse, welcoming, and inclusive. We are working to reduce barriers to participating in our programs. This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, genetic information, and military service. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.  Learn more about Identity and Equity @ MCC!

How to Apply

Apply on website: https://www.mtcorps.org/joinmcc/open-positions/ 
Posted on: February 2, 2023
Job Type: Full Time, Seasonal
Job Starting Date:
May 15, 2023
Application Closing Date:
July 14, 2024
Job Salary Range:
2400.00 to 2400.00
Preferred/Required Degree Level: High School/GED
Job Activity(ies): Backpacking, Community Service
Population(s) Served: Youth - General, Youth - Teen