The UCC Crew Leader is an AmeriCorps position where the member participates in leadership skills development during the spring field season (as a Crew Leader Candidate) and then provides direct leadership, mentorship, and teaching for a UCC field crew during the summer and fall field seasons.
During the spring season, the Crew Leader Candidate participates in essential hard skills and people skills trainings and completes conservation projects as part of a team of crew leader-trainees. Field staff and Field Bosses provide extra attention to debriefing crew leadership scenarios, helping leaders refine tool and project techniques, attending to areas of individual growth, and teaching the full responsibilities of the Crew Leader position. Crew Leader Candidates will be evaluated throughout the spring season and will only be promoted into the full leadership role upon demonstrating essential competencies.
During summer and fall seasons, Crew Leaders are responsible for preparing and leading a 5-10 person crew on various conservation-related projects. Crew Leaders are also responsible for upholding UCC values, ensuring that UCC policies and procedures are followed, communicating with project sponsors, and recording and reporting important weekly project outcome data and other documentation. See “Responsibilities” section.
Field crews are assigned to a variety of conservation-related projects located across the state of Utah. Projects can be rural, remote, backcountry or urban and may or may not include habitat restoration, invasive plant removal, fence building, trail improvement, forest fire fuels reduction, surveying, mapping, and more!
Each crew has unique project and travel schedules. Crew Leader Candidates will be trained in how to conduct assigned project work. Field crews generally camp near project sites and return to their field office location for off time between project weeks. Crew Leaders are expected to have a place of residence near their field office location.
The Crew Leader position is an AmeriCorps term requiring a full-time, nine-month commitment.
1. Conservation Project Management
Ensure that UCC policies and procedures are being followed at the project site, camp site, and during travel
Ensure a safe working environment
Ensure that the crew is adequately equipped and prepared for project work and working/living conditions, including working through inclement weather and working and living in backcountry settings
Provide primary in-field leadership to accomplish daily/weekly project outcomes
Proactively communicate with UCC field staff and project partner (agency) staff about project goals, progress, techniques, problems, etc.
Ensure that the crew has essential information, tools and supplies to complete assigned project work, travel to project site, and camp near project site.
2. Crew Member Mentorship
Provide in-field guidance, training, and direction to crew members
Facilitate positive crew dynamics and crew member development
Facilitate conflict management and resolution within the crew
Document crew member incidents and behaviors related to policy violations and disciplinary action; report to field staff in an appropriate and timely manner
Proactively communicate with field staff about crew dynamics
Lead and/or facilitate weekly environmental education hours
3. Documentation & Reporting
Timely completion of documentation and reporting as assigned by UCC field staff including, but not limited to:
Weekly Progress Reporting
Daily Safety logs
Crew Member check-ins and evaluations
Tool and equipment logs
4. UCC Program Leadership
Work with co-leaders, field bosses, and field staff to plan, organize, and implement UCC program components, including but not limited to:
summer and fall crew member trainings
Act professionally and with a high level of maturity in the front line of uncertainty and discomfort, employing skills of motivation, problem-solving, creativity, and adaptability
Collaborate and communicate with field staff to conduct risk assessment and management at UCC project and campsites
Give and receive constructive feedback with field staff in a timely manner
5. Other duties, as assigned
AmeriCorps Living Allowance of $725.00 paid twice per month for spring; Increased to $825.00 paid twice per month for summer and fall.
AmeriCorps Education Award, $6,195.00 (available upon successful completion of term)
Health Insurance benefit of up to $100.00 a month on new plans through the Marketplace on Healthcare.gov
Forbearance on qualifying student loans while in service
Conservation Leadership Training and Experience
First Aid Certification (upon successful completion of term of service)
Advanced chainsaw training
Utah Herbicide Applicator License
Networking with Land Management Agency professionals
Leadership experience and demonstrated leadership skills
Teaching, training, and mentoring
Conflict management & resolution
Effective communication & interpersonal Skills
High degree of maturity & professionalism
Previous conservation corps, public lands management, or similar experience (required)
Chainsaw experience (preferred)
Trail maintenance and construction experience (preferred)
Demonstrated outdoor skills (required)
Camping experience, including backpacking (required)
Alignment to UCC mission and values of safety, service, community, inclusivity, positivity, and commitment
Support of UCC Mission & Values and a positive attitude
Commitment to personal and professional growth
Flexibility - ability and desire to work in a dynamic environment and embrace change
Ability and willingness to think creatively, adapt, adjust, and problem solve in order to manage a crew and project assignments
Ability and willingness to work an irregular schedule
Ability, willingness, and desire to live out of a tent and work in all weather conditions
Willingness and physical ability to work on a variety of conservation projects, which may include 12 hour days using chainsaws, hand tools, applying herbicide, etc.
Employ proactive, active, and effective communication
Exceptional work ethic and diligence in completing assigned projects and tasks
At least 21 years of age
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
Eligible to enroll in AmeriCorps
Undergo a National Criminal History Check