American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a dynamic non-profit organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities that harness the idealism and energy of a volunteer labor force to help restore America's public lands. ACE has a national reputation for providing exceptional training and support to enable crews to safely and economically implement technically complex and physically demanding conservation projects for the US Forest Service, BLM, National Park Service, USFWS and numerous state and local land management partners.
Job Title: Crew Leader
Location: Based in Corpus Christi, Texas (Field project locations will take place on public lands throughout Texas, Oklahoma and southern Gulf region)
Department/Division: CREW, Southeast Gulf
Status: Regular Full-Time (Exempt)
Schedule/Hours: Full-time. Flexible Schedule with varying shifts; 40 hours/week with additional hours as needed (field projects typically run on a 4-day (10 hour/day) hitch, 3 days off schedule or on an 8-day (10 hour/day) hitch, 6 day off schedule)
Reports To: Associate Director
Travel: Yes, extensive regional travel required
Compensation: Full-Time, $684.00/week, $35,568.00 annualized salary.
Competitive benefits package that includes health, dental, vision and supplemental insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, designated holidays, and 401k retirement for qualified employees.
Food and provisions are provided during field projects.
Start Date: March 2021
As the primary front-line staff of the ACE Southeast Gulf Operations Team, Crew Leaders (CLs) lead diverse teams of young adults in completion of environmental conservation and restoration projects. CLs train and lead crew members in conservation work skills, basic environmental education, and outdoor living skills, and engage their crews in environmental work projects that address critical environmental needs. Work is almost exclusively outdoors, involves strenuous physical labor in all weather conditions and climates, and typically involves "spike" camping for several days at a time in remote wilderness locations. The position requires extensive travel to public lands across the Southeast Gulf Region and may involve working for other ACE offices/locations for temporary periods.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
-Lead, manage, and hold Corpsmembers accountable while serving on conservation projects.
-Lead, train, and supervise a conservation corps team during conservation work
projects, which may include: constructing and maintaining trails, constructing and
maintaining fences and outdoor facilities, restoring wildlife habitat, maintaining
public parks, campgrounds, and recreation areas, planting trees, conducting native
plant revegetation, eradicating exotic/invasive plant species, surveying, conducting
ecological testing and monitoring, mapping and monitoring using GPS technology,
wildfire restoration, and restoring forest health and reducing wildfire risk through tree
thinning using powered equipment.
-Arrange environmental education activities and opportunities and help inspire the next
generation of conservation and public lands stewards.
-Support, coach, mentor and supervise members in both technical and interpersonal
-Hike, backpack, camp and cook outdoors while at front country and wilderness spike
-Collect, record, and submit accurate, detailed project data.
-Accurately complete project field paperwork including weekly reports, safety sheets,
incident reports, end-of-week checklists, feedback forms and others as necessary.
-Ensure personal and Corpsmembers safety while in the field, especially as it relates to running chainsaws and other dangerous power tools.
-Arrange details of transportation, tools, equipment, camp/field living arrangements,
field communication, and work project completion. Responsible for leading rig-up and
de-rig before and after a project. Serves as primary transport for crew to worksites and
camp during projects.
-Maintain and repair hand and power tools and other equipment as necessary.
-Responsible for enforcing the use of appropriate safety procedures in all tasks.
-Manage and replace items as needed in the cook set, first aid kit, and personal protective
equipment (PPE) set.
-Safely transport crew and equipment in ACE vehicles with trailers.
-Responsible for producing high quality work and guarantee successful project outcomes.
-Collaborate and communicate with ACE Project Managers and project partners to
ensure that ACE crews safety complete the highest quality of work and achieve
established project outcomes.
-Other duties as assigned.
Required Experience and Qualifications:
-At least 3-6 months of experience working in field conservation positions, preferably within a Conservation Corps and with a record of advancement to assistant leadership or leadership positions.
-At least 3-6 months of experience performing habitat restoration or invasive species removal activities.
-At least 3-6 months experience applying herbicides in a professional setting and must be able and willing to pass Texas State Pesticide Applicators License Test.
-At least 3-6 months of experience safely operating chainsaws in a professional setting; S-212 Chainsaw Certified or equivalent
-Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate. BA/BS degree from an accredited college/university preferred.
-Experience in field work performing environmental restoration, trail construction and maintenance, and other conservation tasks; basic skills in the maintenance and repair of chainsaws, brush cutters, herbicide sprayers and other field tools as well as mapping and monitoring data collection experience preferred.
-Experience leading, training, and supervising teams of diverse individuals.
-Ability to drive vehicles/trucks and trailers in a variety of road conditions.
-Knowledge of environmental conservation skills, basic environmental education, and outdoor living/camping skills.
-Experience performing a wide variety of heavy manual labor for extended periods of time, often under adverse conditions and in various climates.
-Ability to lead, train and supervise a team.
-Ability and willingness to travel frequently and up to a month at a time.
-Ability to camp on a project for two to four weeks at a time.
-Working knowledge of young adult development, team-building and motivational techniques.
-Experience serving as a positive role model and mentor for team members.
-Ability to perform a wide variety of heavy manual labor for extended periods of time, and often under adverse weather conditions and in various climates.
-Ability to adapt to the surrounding work environment and conditions that can change frequently.
-Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with corpsmembers, partner agency staff, and the general public.
-Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
-Ability to understand and follow ACE systems and processes including supervisor key responsibilities.
-Must secure First aid/CPR certification within 14 days of employment and maintain certification.
-Must maintain a positive, constructive work environment conducive to team dynamics including timely, effective communication with project partners, supervisors, and crew members.
-Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
-Valid driver's license and an insurable driving record
Proficient in English
-Ability to pass a federal criminal background check
-Willing to abide by ACE Policy and Federal Drug Free workplace policies and laws. ACE reserves the right to drug test at any time.