Staff Crew Leader - Wildland Restoration Team @ Montana Conservation Corps

Staff Crew Leader - Wildland Restoration Team


Wildland Restoration Teams participate in a variety of innovative wetlands and habitat restoration projects, including managing invasive plants through herbicide application. Projects are often rigorous, requiring participants to carry a heavy backpack sprayer and working in hot weather across rugged terrain while wearing protective gear. Learn more about the project work here!

These crews work with a diverse range of stakeholders (private, government, and non-profit) in order to achieve large scale land conservation efforts with rural communities throughout the state of Montana. This is a great opportunity for current students, recent college graduates, or anyone who has an interest in restoration to gain practical field experience in a rapidly growing area of conservation, with and a strong potential for future career paths. Wildland Restoration Teams mitigate invasive plants in the remote Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, Glacier National Park, and on the breathtaking plains of eastern Montana. Crew Leaders also earn Herbicide Applicator Licenses.

Staff Leaders will complete natural resource and community service projects and are responsible for on-site management of a crew. They will need to ensure a high level of motivation and functioning on their crews. They also deliver the full range of MCC program components. The CL will need to communicate between MCC staff and project partners. The CL ensures that MCC policies and procedures are followed by everyone on the crew. Staff Crew Leaders maintain a good working relationship with participants, project partners, and MCC staff.

Crew Leaders understand the importance of commitment, flexibility and self- motivation. They use their training and experience to help their crews develop. They are creative in their approach to problem solving and motivating others. They are invested in their personal growth as a leader. They value service to their communities and the environment.

Location: Missoula MT

Hourly Wage: $18

Status: non exempt (eligible for overtime pay)

Classification: Full Time, Seasonal

Season Dates: 04/17/2023 - 08/11/2023 (OPEN TO A START DATE AS LATE AS 5/15/23 FOR THE RIGHT CANDIDATE)!!

Food Per Diem while on Projects

Access to Pro Deals!

Housing provided from May - August @ Krassel Work Station (McCall, Idaho).

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Primary Duties:

  • Guide, support, and assist Crew Members. Insure quality work performance, safety, and well-being

  • Organize service work with the project partner

  • Assure project completion to the satisfaction of partner expectations

  • Ensure safety as the top priority during all activities and projects and promote a culture of safety

  • Ensure crews are following MCC policies and procedures

  • Implement fair and appropriate discipline and behavior management of Crew Members as needed

  • Oversee all elements of the Crew Member Development program. This includes delivery of MCC’s education curriculum.

  • Ensure successful Crew Member performance of crew roles. Provide opportunities for Crew Members to take on leadership roles.

  • Instruct Crew Members in all technical skills. Technical skills include things like: situational awareness, proper tool use, and body mechanics.

  • Work long hours in challenging conditions, often with little direct supervision

  • Teach Crew Members camp-life skills. These include: leave-no-trace ethics, group kitchen setup and use, hygiene methods and waste management.

  • Assist staff with recruitment of Crew Members where possible

  • Provide technical, logistical and leadership support to crews and individual members

  • Promote a positive public image for MCC by acting in a professional and respectful manner at all times

  • Attend and help with MCC service days and events along with members of the community

  • Fulfill program-specific requirements such as those focused on civic engagement

  • Promote inclusion of all participants

  • Maintain accurate records. Types of records include: timesheets, personnel, Crew Member development, inventory, safety and work projects

  • Complete and submit required paperwork in a timely manner

  • Write and deliver Crew Member evaluations include positive feedback and areas of improvement

  • Cultivate an inclusive environment for all members and staff with particular attention to those under-represented in conservation and national service.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Age 21+

  • Previous leadership experience, skills and training

  • Relevant technical skills including: trail maintenance and construction, crosscut and chainsaw use, fencing, stream bank restoration, backcountry travel and other natural resource work. Also has experience with a wide range of power and hand tools

  • Sawyer skills necessary to obtain operator certification at, or above, B-Sawyer Felling and Bucking level

  • Current Wilderness Advanced First-Aid/CPR certification required. Advanced levels of First-Aid preferred

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills

  • A valid driver’s license. Ability to pass a Motor Vehicle Records check and be insurable per MCC parameters

  • US Citizenship or ability to work in the US

  • Ability to pass a Criminal History Check

  • Ability to hike 3-20 miles per day, often wearing a 45lb backpack and carrying tools. Terrain can be steep, rocky or uneven.

  • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds repeatedly and use hand and power tools

  • Willing to work long hard hours in all weather conditions

  • Ability to be away on overnight trips for up to two weeks at a time, often camping in a tent

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous leadership position with a conservation corps program, preference given to leaders who have completed MCC’s Leadership Development Program

MCC is committed to being diverse, welcoming, and inclusive. We are working to reduce barriers to participating in our programs. This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, genetic information, and military service. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. Learn more about Identity and Equity @ MCC!


Nonprofit- NGO

$18 p/hour


Missoula, MT, USA




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