Youth Crew Leader Development Program AmeriCorps Member (CLDP)

Job Description

Title:  Youth Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP) AmeriCorps Member  

Start/end date: April 1st – August 9th, 2019; Alternative start date of April 22nd available on a case-by-case basis at the Durango, CO office

Wages: AmeriCorps Living stipend of $400 a week + an AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,255.24 upon successful completion of the program. 

Benefits:  3 days’ discretionary time, 2 days PTO built in. Food provided while in the field, uniforms, personal protective equipment. Mental Health First Aid training, Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED training minimum*, S-212 Chainsaw training for members who start April 2nd.   

*Wilderness Medicine: CLDP members who can commit to the full period from April 1st – August 9th will be provided with Wilderness First Responder/CPR/AED training. There will be a WFR course available in Durango from March 22nd - 29th, through Desert Mountain Medicine. Other acceptable WFR Courses and Re-certification Courses can be reimbursed up to $650, but must be taken prior to the start of the season. CLDP Members that start April 22nd will receive a Wilderness First Aid/CPR/AED Training.  

Reports to: Youth Programs Manager  

Location: Durango, CO  + Salida, CO

Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Non-exempt   

Multiple positions opened until filled.  

Position Summary: The AmeriCorps (A*C) Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP) is a two phase program.  The first phase focuses on orientation, training and development, the second phase focuses on implementation and continued leadership development. The AmeriCorps CLDP provides young adults the opportunity to develop outdoor conservation and leadership skills; participants will be exposed to a variety of conservation projects, leadership experiences, and service opportunities on public lands and in local communities throughout the Southwest region of Colorado.  

SCC’s Youth CLDP will spend the first half of their season in a crew leader training period, which will include a Leadership skills week, an S-212 Chainsaw training, technical trails training, a youth crew leader training, and prep weeks in addition to project work.  In June, leaders will transition to co-leading two 4-week sessions with high school students ages 14-18. Each session will be Monday-Friday, and may be a camping crew or a day crew. Crews will complete local conservation and community agricultural based projects that may include: trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement and invasive species removal, re-vegetation, fencing carpentry, gardening and local environmental service projects.   

Crew leaders are responsible for the physical safety and emotional well-being of their crew, project management and implementation, creating developmental and educational opportunities, completing program paperwork each week. Camping crews prepare all their own meals and work together as a group to complete all the necessary chores. Day Crew Leaders will have a camping location and food provided during the work week. 


General Qualifications:  

  • AmeriCorps members must be able to pass a criminal background check.  
  • Past conservation experience preferred but not required.  
  • Professionalism: Members must be willing to follow and enforce all SCC policies, maintain professional boundaries, communicate effectively with partners, members, peers and SCC staff, and appropriately represent Southwest Conservation Corps and AmeriCorps. (This includes creating a substance free work environment, refraining from the use of tobacco products, alcohol and drugs while on "hitch").  
  • Adaptability: Projects have a degree of uncertainty and will include variable living conditions and last-minute changes. Members must be adaptive, patient and able to maintain a positive perspective throughout.  
  • Leadership: Experience or a strong desire to lead and mentor a diverse group of young individuals (ages range from 18– 25 years old). Ability to manage and participate in day-to-day details of crew life at work. Ability to listen, willingness to receive feedback, and a desire to grow continually.   
  • Community Building: Strong interest in helping others to grow as individuals while building cohesiveness in a group setting. Members must be willing to work hard, listen to and respect others' viewpoints, be tolerant of diversity, participate as a team, and be dedicated to the SCC mission.  
  • Environmental Stewardship: Members must have a genuine enjoyment and desire for caring for the land while living and working in the outdoors in a variety of conditions.  
  • Fitness: SCC projects are physically demanding!!! Projects involve hiking, backpacking, heavy lifting and repetitive motions while using a variety of hand tools. Projects can sometimes take place at very high elevations, above 8,500', and in variable weather conditions (i.e. low desert to high alpine). Members should be ready to confront these conditions while being able to help and encourage others that they are leading.   
  • Conservation: Experience or a strong desire to learn the technical skills needed to effectively maintain public lands, and having a flexible definition of what 'conservation' means.  
  • Corpsmember Development: Experience or strong desire to learn and participate as an outdoor educator and/or mentor.   
  • Driving: Members are responsible for driving 8-12-passenger vehicles while pulling a trailer. In order to drive, members must be 21, have a clean driving record (insurable) and a current driver's license.  
  • Education: At a minimum, members must be high school graduates, GED recipients, working toward attaining a high school diploma or GED during their term of service. Members must agree to obtain either a diploma or GED before using an education award.   
  • Citizenship: Member's must provide primary documentation of status as a U.S citizen or National, OR primary documentation of status as a lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.   
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