Conservation Corps Youth Conservation Crew Leader - Local Crew - Summer 2018 in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Job Description

*Title: *Crew Leader/ Assistant Crew Leader

*Reports to: *Program Coordinator

*Locations: *Chattanooga, TN

*Status: *Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt

Wages: $375-600 weekly DOE/DOQ in season

Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible

Other Benefits: Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, protective equipment. Other development opportunities as available.

*Start/end date: * 6/4/18 - 7/16/18

Two positions opened until filled

Southeast Conservation Corps: SECC empowering young adults to cultivate compassion, responsibility, and grit through community service, hard work, and environmental stewardship.

The Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization. The SECC selects young adults, ages 16-35, to complete conservation work projects on public lands throughout the Southeast. SECC programs encourage environmental stewardship, foster community partnerships, and emphasize experiential learning. The majority of SECC’s programs are camping model programs, with crews camping in either front-country or back-country settings for 4 day -10 day periods; schedules may vary by program and region. SECC serves a diverse population that is representative of the Southeast; including youth, graduates, veterans, and a cross-section of ethnicities and income levels. SECC has also taken on a role as a part of the larger AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team, and as such, some crews may get deployed on Disaster response projects for up to 30 days.

Position Summary:

Southeast Conservation Corps’ Crew Leaders and Assistant Crew Leaders perform many roles and are the key to our program’s success. The position is multi-faceted and demanding, but with opportunity for enormous rewards. Successful candidates will demonstrate resourcefulness, effective communication skills, excellent judgement, maturity, initiative, professionalism, and the desire to devote themselves to a crew experience where the needs of others are placed above oneself. A leadership position with SECC requires, mentorship, self-reliance, critical thinking, problem solving, patience, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors. Crew Leaders and Assistant Crew Leaders are ultimately responsible for successes and short-comings of the crew.

Applicants for this position may be considered for either Crew Leader or Assistant Crew Leader, depending on experience and qualifications.

This SECC youth conservation crew (YCC) is a non-residential program based in front country, urban setting. All project work will be completed within the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park properties. The YCC crew typically works Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 4:00pm, with weekends off. During each week the crew works together during the day to complete a variety of physically demanding conservation service projects through out the park. This crew will primarily complete project work Monday - Thursday, and participate in recreational and educational activities on Friday.

Throughout the duration of the program crew leaders will be expected to manage not only technical project work, but educational opportunities throughout the week in partnership with the Park. Educational opportunities for youth members span a wide range of topics, including but not limited to, watersheds, L-N-T principles, forest ecology, writing a resume, etc. Generally, the bulk of Fridays are set aside for more in-depth educational opportunities such as first aid & CPR certification, snorkeling the Conasauga River with a local biologist, tree identification, etc. Standard projects involve trail construction and maintenance, habitat restoration, facility maintenance, landscaping, invasive species removal, fuel thinning and more. SECC serves a diverse population that is representative of the Southeast; including youth, young adults, and cross-sections of ethnicities and income levels.

Required Skills:

* Leadership & Mentorship*

  • Manage, supervise, and lead the day-to-day details of project work.
  • Implement skills training on work-site and facilitate intentional discussions via informal lessons to contribute to the crew’s personal growth and group dynamics
  • Promote individual corps member development and a healthy community
  • Mentor Assistant Crew Leader while delegating project responsibilities, overseeing crew life, and member development to them.
  • Must be willing to follow and enforce all SECC policies, maintain professional boundaries, and appropriately represent Southeast Conservation Corps. 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

  • Train and motivate a crew of six to eight young adults to efficiently complete conservation projects on public lands
  • Delegation of project work & investment among assistant crew leader and crew
  • Manage the on-the-ground quality and quantity of project work
  • Think critically to resolve issues and solve problems
  • Communicate effectively & coordinate logistics with project partners, assistant crew leader, & SECC staff

Safety & Risk Management

  • Monitor, manage, and promote the crew’s physical and emotional safety on and off the work site
  • Exhibit strong situational awareness & promote a culture of safety
  • Transport crew and equipment safely in SECC’s vans or large vehicles with trailers


  • Complete professional documentation of time sheets, daily and weekly reports, corps member and peer evaluations, disciplinary action forms, incident reports, etc.
  • Responsible for all project related outcomes and deliverables.
  • Manage food budget and credit card for purchases

* Minimum Qualifications:*

  • Willingness to commit fully to the program and its mission.
  • Leadership experience with youth or young adults.
  • Excellent organizational & communication skills
  • Strong time-management skills and ability to work independently as well as with others
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently 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.
  • Technical trail construction and maintenance experience
  • Physically fit and able to work long days in adverse conditions
  • Experience with backpacking, wilderness living and travel, LNT principles
  • High School diploma or GED certificate
  • Must hold current/relevant medical certification (WFA, WFR, WEMT) with CPR/AED
  • Must be 21, have a clean driving record (insurable by SECC) and a current driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with SECC or other conservation corps or youth corps
  • Experience with experiential and/or environmental education
  • Facilitation and team-building experience with diverse groups of people
  • Desire to work on a variety of conservation based projects.
  • Strong conflict resolution skills
  • Willingness and/or experience in Disaster Response
  • Chainsaw experience
  • Crosscut Saw experience
  • Relevant Bachelor’s Degree
  • Sense of humor, spirit of adventure, and desire to make a positive difference and promote leadership in others

Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements:Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization. These requirements are written the same for all positions and therefore may not apply directly to your particular position.**

Participation and Expedition Behavior

  • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences

  • Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of others for any reason.

  • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training and national service. Members must commit to participating in all crew/team activities, including service days in local communities where applicable.

  • Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues and organization staff.

  • Have the cognitive ability to learn necessary skills and apply them to effectively carry out the service work requirements

  • Appropriately represent the Program and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all times.

Safety and Judgment**

  • Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance. You must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds.

  • Effectively perceive, understand and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques to manage hazards. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be given during exposure to the hazard.

  • Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions

  • Perceive and comprehend significant and apparent hazards, including those hazards previously identified by others.**

  • Respond appropriately to stress or crises.**

  • If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.

Environmental Ethics**

  • Learn and practice ‘Leave no Trace’ techniques**

Outdoor Skills and Fitness (where appropriate)**

  • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project. Additionally, remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed so as to remain generally healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries.

  • Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks. Conditions of this environment may vary significantly and may include severe and/or trying weather. The remoteness is such that it may require at a minimum one hour, but perhaps in excess of 12 hours, to reach the nearest advanced medical care. Substance Free

  • In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property.

Essential Functions:

  • Frequently required to walk, hike, sit and talk or listen
  • Required to use hands to operate objects, tools or controls, and to reach with hands and arms
  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and the ability to focus
  • Required to drive an SECC vehicle
  • Must be able to speak, understand, read and write English
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

To Apply:

  • Complete the Application, upload cover letter and resume if available (Link at the bottom of the Page)
  • Any questions can be addressed to:

Aaron Deininger

Program Coordinator


Chattanooga, TN

Job Location

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

Position Type


Tracking Code: 1087-984

Job Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

Salary: 375.00 - 600.00 USD