Conservation Crew Leader
Develop your field leadership and conservation skills leading a group of motivated young adults on a wide range of natural resource management projects throughout public lands in the state of Utah and all of the Mountain West region. Based in Hurricane, Utah at the "gateway to Zion National Park," ACE Mountain West field projects include fuels reduction and thinning, invasive species treatment, native plant restoration, trail construction and maintenance, and range in location throughout southern Utah and all of Mountain West region of the U.S., from the red rock hoodoos of Bryce Canyon and Arches National Park to the mountain peaks of the Wasatch Range to the heart of the Great Basin desert and beyond!
As the primary front-line staff of the ACE Mountain West Field Operations Team, Crew Leaders lead diverse teams of young adults in completion of environmental conservation and restoration projects. As a Crew Leader, you will 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 Mountain West 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 professional development.
- Hike, backpack, camp and cook outdoors while at front country and wilderness spike camps.
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 guaranteeing successful project outcomes.
- Collaborate and communicate with ACE Project Managers and project partners to ensure that ACE crews safely complete the highest quality of work and achieve established project outcomes.
- Other duties as assigned.
Required Experience and Qualifications:
- 6 months - 1 year of experience working in field conservation positions, preferably within a Conservation Corps and with a record of advancement to assistant leadership or leadership positions.
- 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.
- 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 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 Corps members, 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 be willing and able to 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
- All ACE members and staff must verify that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by the time they start their term/position or request a medical or religious exemption.
Individuals who identify with groups typically under-represented in the conservation industry, including women, non-binary individuals, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color are encouraged to apply.