Title: All Abilities Crew Leader
Dates: 2022 Seasonal Position, Beginning in Spring 2022
Reports to: Crew Program Manager
Starting Salary : Starting at $685.00 paid Bi-Weekly
Location: Harrisonburg, VA _ _
Status: Seasonal _, Exempt ___
Benefit Eligible : Partial
Appalachian Conservation Corps:
Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) works to connect young people to critical conservation service work across Appalachia and neighboring communities in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, DC, and Pennsylvania. As a corps program, ACC partners with public land managers to identify, plan, and complete projects that improve public access, habitat quality, and economic development. ACC is a program of Conservation Legacy, a nationwide network of conservation service organizations. Our programs focus on service, place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility, and career development. ACC also provides an opportunity for members to learn about the local environment and issues affecting it and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers. ACC welcomes national applicants, but also emphasizes the engagement of local individuals who represent the communities in which they serve.
ACC’s first All-Abilities crew will be focused on engaging individuals in exploring adaptive techniques to trail building & other conservation projects. The program seeks to connect young adults who have a disability or a disability/accessibility studies background to outdoor recreation and natural resource management careers with the goal of increasing recreation opportunities for all ability levels. Crew training will focus on adaptive tool use and industry protocols such as ADA trail standards and Leave No Trace.
Appalachian Conservation Corps’ 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, situational flexibility, 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. The Crew Leader position requires, mentorship, patience, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors. Crew Leaders are ultimately responsible for successes and shortcomings of the crew. Crew leaders will not only be responsible for their daily tasks when leading crews, they will also be responsible for supporting ACC Staff in project logistics, recruitment, and administrative tasks when necessary.
This position may be joined by an AmeriCorps Crew Leader, an AmeriCorps leadership position focusing on the continued development of leadership skills. While this will be a collaborative relationship, the Crew Leader bears ultimate responsibility for member development, as well as high quality and high quantity project accomplishments for our partners. This Crew Leader will be focused specifically on our All-Abilities Crew. They will be responsible for community networking, project planning, and hiring of the crew.
Projects take place across the Appalachian Region, including work with the US Forest Service, the National Park Service, and other land managers. During their time in the field, Crew Leaders camp overnight and work outdoors in all types of weather conditions, performing manual labor related to environmental conservation and restoration projects. These projects include visitor access improvements, trail construction and maintenance, habitat restoration, invasive species treatments, historic restoration, disaster relief, and much more. Most projects require hiking out to remote work sites for the day with tools, equipment, and day pack.
Typically, Crew Leaders will meet at an ACC Office in (Harrisonburg, Beckley, etc), travel in a crew vehicle to their project site and remain in the field for 9 days at a time, followed by 5 days off. While in the field, crews work 8-10 hours a day. The day starts with a stretch circle and safety meeting and includes two fifteen-minute breaks and a half hour break for lunch.
Once Crew Leaders are selected and prior to their start date, they are required to complete an online enrollment process that includes completing e-forms, uploading IDs, and beginning their background check process. For those with limited access to online platforms, accommodations may be available and can be discussed during the interview process.
Essential Responsibilities and Functions:
Leadership & Mentorship
_Training Supervision*_ *
Periodic overnight travel and non-traditional work hours, inclusive of weekend and evening hours. To successfully perform essential functions this position is required to sit, stand, walk, and communicate. This position may be required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl on an infrequent basis. They must be able to operate office equipment, telephone, and computer. The ability to drive an organizational vehicle is also required. Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
$685 a week (paid bi-weekly)
Harrisonburg, VA, USA