Trail & Restoration Crew Lead

American Conservation Experience Staff
Ashville, Alabama, US
Jul 09, 2021
Sep 07, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
What will be your 2021 story? Imagine yourself sitting at home playing the same old games, eating the same old food, with the same old people? Now imagine yourself telling your friends and family that you traveled around the country leading a passionate team of young professionals to help save and protect America's most valuable resources?

If traveling the country making a positive impact sounds like you, then you need to join our team.

ACE is looking for leaders, like you, to serve as leaders in this conservation movement; leading crews that are protecting our public lands. ACE Crew Leaders make a positive impact in National Parks, Forests, Refuges and other public lands.

What you bring: Leadership, a passion for change, a love of the outdoors, willingness to make a difference, & good boots!

What we provide: Best in class projects and support. Opportunities for training and certification (professional training valued over $1,500). 3-6 off days to explore our National Parks, Forests & public lands. Competitive pay with a benefits package. Multiple locations to choose from. A great team of young adults and future life-long friendships.

Learn more:

Job Title: Crew Leader

Location: Opportunities are currently available across the US, from coastal California all the way into the High Sierras and up through Oregon, from the high desert and forests of the Mountain West and Southwest to the coastal environments of the Gulf Coast of Texas, or working throughout the Eastern US from the Smokies to the Atlantic Ocean from our base in North Carolina.

Status: Regular Full-Time (Exempt)

Schedule/Hours: Full-time, variable schedule depending on crew; 40 hours/week with additional hours as needed, usually 3-6 off days in a row.

Reports To: Project Manager

Travel: Yes, extensive regional travel required

Compensation: Full-Time, 40 hours/week within a flexible schedule. Competitive pay with a benefits package that includes health, dental, vision and supplemental insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, designated holidays, and 401k retirement for qualified employees.

Start Date: Flexible between July - September, 2021

Position Summary:

As the primary front-line staff of ACE, 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 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 safety 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.
  • 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 secure First aid/CPR certification within 14 days of employment and maintain certification (paid for by ACE).
  • Must maintain a positive, constructive work environment conducive to team dynamics including timely, effective communication with project partners, supervisors, and crew members.

Other Requirements:
  • 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.

Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions
  • Physical Demands: Requires frequent sitting, standing, walking, hiking, carrying, using hands to handle or feel, reaching with hands and arms, talks and hears. Manual dexterity required for use of hand and power tools, computer keyboard/mouse and other office equipment. Required to stoop, kneel, climb stairs, and/or crouch. Ability to hike over rough terrain, and camp overnight under field conditions.
  • Vision Requirements: Requires close, distance, peripheral and depth perception vision as well as the ability to focus.
  • Weight Lifted or Force Exerted: Frequently lifts up to 50 lbs., ability to lift up to 60 pounds.
  • Environmental: Outdoor and indoor conditions. Work environment conditions can change frequently; working under adverse weather conditions and in various climates.
  • Noise Environment: Moderate noise.
  • Travel: This position requires domestic travel.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on this page

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American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.