Environmental Conservation Corps: AmeriCorps Crew Leader (12-Month Term) @ The Sustainability Institute

Environmental Conservation Corps: AmeriCorps Crew Leader (12-Month Term)


Position Title: Crew Leader
Dates: January 2024 - January 2025 (12 months / 1700 hours)
Schedule: Monday-Thursday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Friday: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Total Living Allowance: $21,000 (paid bi-weekly)
Segal Education Award: $6,895.00 upon successful completion of AmeriCorps service term

The Sustainability Institute’s Environmental Conservation Corps (ECC) program is an
AmeriCorps-accredited workforce development and service-learning program for young adults. These opportunities offer desirable field skills and training for people pursuing careers in conservation and environmental fields.

Opportunity Youth Service Initiative (OYSI) positions are available to young adults, aged 17-24, who are currently neither in school nor working full time (part-time/weekend jobs are permitted). OYSI positions offer:
● Trainings: Build knowledge and skills in a diversity of conservation and sustainability jobs
● Certifications: Receive free professional certifications relevant to the field
● Compensation: Earn a living stipend paid bi-weekly and an end-of-service Segal Education Award
● Connections: Meet and work with a wide variety of governmental agencies and nonprofit
● Teamwork: Experience working in a team of peers and within a nonprofit organization
● Leadership: Help lead critically important conservation projects to combat climate change

AmeriCorps Qualifications:

Program Hours:
All Crew Members will be expected to participate during the program hours of 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am - 3 pm Friday. A 30-minute lunch break every day does not
count towards service hours required. Some weekend dates might be required; advanced notice
will be given.

Background Check:
Program enrollment requires every member to successfully provide information to program staff
for the completion of the CNCS (Corporation for National and Community Service) three-part
criminal history check (NSOPW check, state of residence and/or state of service check, and FBI
fingerprint check). Members must sign the CNCS - National Criminal History Service Check (NCHSC) at the time of interview. CNCS has established requirements that may not allow a
member to serve due to the member’s previous criminal history.

Crew Members must be at least 17 years of age at time of enrollment and between the ages 17 -
24 to qualify. Any member under age 18 at time of enrollment must receive legal parent/guardian consent, including signed forms provided by staff. A Determination of Economic status form will be required for OYSI applicants and will be provided during the interview process.

A high school diploma or GED is required to serve with AmeriCorps. If a recruit has not earned
his/her/their high school diploma, GED, or accredited equivalent prior to starting the ECC Program, they are required to obtain it within two years following their service term. In these instances, we require members to either attend or enroll in future GED training while in our program. SI staff will assist the member in arranging class and testing needs through local educational institutions.

Minimum Qualifications:
● All Crew Members and SI Staff must be fully vaccinated per SI’s COVID‐19 policy
● Valid Driver’s License, and willingness to provide driving record document and to drive fellow
crew members in a 12-passenger van and/or pickup truck

Preferred Qualifications:
● Prior crew member experience in an AmeriCorps program
● Prior experience leading a team or in a leadership role
● Prior experience working in habitat conservation

Physical Requirements: Due to the conditions and scope of work performed by the Environmental
Conservation Corps, members must be physically able to perform all program work, fully and equally, as other Corps Members. This includes, but is not limited to, climbing, heavy lifting, bending, working from one’s knees or back, working in excessive hot, cold, or rainy conditions and/or other work components deemed necessary by SI staff.

Position Description:
Crew Members will engage in habitat restoration activities in public parks, forests and waterways,
including, but not limited to: activities such as restoring salt marshes and oyster reefs, constructing rain gardens, planting native plants and trees, performing water quality testing and monitoring, and
constructing and repairing trails, bridges, and boardwalks. Crew Members will also engage in weatherization activities, including presenting energy efficiency workshops throughout the community and developing work scopes.

Environmental Stewardship Work (95%):

  • Freshwater and tidal saltwater quality monitoring

    • Work includes monthly monitoring of four designated sites and performing water
      sampling, testing, data collection, and reporting. Training is provided

    • Main program partner: SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC
      DHEC)’s and Clemson University’s Adopt-A-Stream program

  • Salt marsh and oyster restoration along the coast of South Carolina

    • In collaboration with the SC Department of Natural Resources SCORE (South Carolina
      Oyster Recycling and Enhancement) program, we will be performing:

    • Oyster shell pick up, recycling, and trash sorting

    • Oyster shell bagging and manufactured wire reef building
    • Building oyster reefs and oyster castles in the marsh
    • Marsh grass seed collection
    • Marsh grass seed planting and cultivating
    • Planting marsh grass in the marsh
    • Other program partners may include but are not limited to: Coastal Conservation
      League, The Nature Conservancy South Carolina, Charleston Waterkeeper, ACE Basin
      National Estuarine Research Reserve, South Carolina Aquarium.
  • Recreational trail building and maintenance projects, including vegetation work on trail
    corridor and building footbridges, walkways, and fencing

    • Partners may include but are not limited to: U.S. Forest Service-Francis Marion
      District and Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission. Training is
  • Constructing and maintaining native rain gardens, pollinator gardens and urban vegetable

  • Partners may include but are not limited to: Clemson Extension Service, Charleston
    Parks Conservancy, Fields to Families, and Green Heart Project. Training is provided.

Energy and Water Efficiency Work (5%):

  • Facilitate energy efficiency community outreach and workshops throughout local

General Responsibilities:

  • Adhere to rules of conduct and service expectations as detailed in Member Handbook
  • Maintain familiarity with AmeriCorps operations and procedures (the Corps Network/ CNCS)
  • Follow and obey prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement
  • Participate in all required trainings, days of service, and responsibilities toward projects and
    functions as directed by SI Staff

  • Report daily (on service days) to the Program Coordinator

  • Be prepared to accept delegated tasks from SI staff
  • Maintain the ECC van, service trailer, and inventory of project equipment to ensure they
    remain “work-ready” and in good operation

  • Assist with upkeep of office interior and equipment storage and supply areas

  • Maintain a positive and encouraging work environment for fellow Crew Members
  • Represent self and program well in front of partners, community members, etc.
  • Participate in community outreach events
  • Uphold self-accountability by coming into the office prepared for the day

Additional Responsibilities as a Crew Leader:

  • Actively participate in weekly Crew Leader meetings with SI Staff
  • Serve as a secondary point of contact behind SI Staff, and present as “front and center” on
    behalf of the crew during service site activities. This means that Crew Leaders will interface
    directly with project partners and will have important communication responsibilities

  • Manage service project readiness. This includes preparing equipment, tools, and material
    needs and coordinating the readiness of these items and their deployment to our service
    project sites

  • Manage crew readiness for service site work. This includes ensuring that crews are properly
    briefed about service projects in advance, know what to expect, and are prepared for the

  • Facilitate risk assessment at service site locations and lead group safety meetings before
    each project, ensuring that standardized safety protocols and procedures are being followed

  • Lead and monitor service project work to ensure quality delivery and outcomes

  • Take photographs of service work activities and upload to appropriate storage folders within
    1 business day

  • Record project outcome measurements within 1 business day. Keep track of this document
    for Mid-Year/Final reviews

  • Provide communication to SI Staff on behalf of crew about all start and stop times of work at
    service sites, including arrival and departure times

  • Oversee and perform daily monitoring of the maintenance of the ECC van, trailer, and tools/
    equipment. This includes keeping track of ECC monthly van/ trailer inspection forms

  • Led and perform daily monitoring of the cleanliness and organization of SI’s offices and
    training room; schedule weekly tasks for upkeep of the office interior, kitchen, and storage
    units and monitor execution

  • Maintain the Program’s inventory of equipment, supplies, and materials as up-to-date

  • Participate and lead community outreach activities, including educational workshops, tabling
    events and presentations

  • Drive the Environmental Conservation Corps van and/ or truck and pull trailer as needed

Training Provided:

The Sustainability Institute is committed to strong member development and includes in its plan a
comprehensive set of resources offered to Crew Members that are designed to ensure member
retention, personal growth, and success. These include, but are not limited to, in-depth assessment of skills and interests upon arrival, a strong orientation, financial literacy training, cover letter/ resume training, team- building activities, and exposure to outside employment opportunities upon completion of service with the Program.

The ECC Program is dedicated to providing members with field-based certifications and
conservation-based trainings during their time of service:

  1. Habitat Restoration
    1. Adopt-A-Stream Freshwater and Tidal Saltwater monitoring
    2. Living Shorelines
    3. Wilderness First Aid
    4. Clemson Extension Master Rain Gardener Certification Track
    5. Recreation Trail Training
    6. Chainsaw and chainsaw safety
  2. Worksite Safety
    1. CPR/First Aid
    2. Jobsite and Tool
  3. Professional Development/Soft Skills
    1. Financial Literacy Workshop
    2. Resume/Cover Letter Workshop
    3. DEI
    4. Leadership Development
    5. Van/Trailer Safety

The Sustainability Institute is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to our employees and applicants. Hiring and promotional decisions are made without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, or marital status. The Sustainability Institute does not tolerate discrimination against anyone protected under federal or state law.


Nonprofit- NGO

Total Living Allowance: $21,000 (paid bi-weekly)


North Charleston, SC, USA




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