Position Type: Field-based, seasonal, full-time
Location: Colorado Springs
Camping and Chainsaw crew – seven counties along southern Front Range.
Day Crew – Colorado Springs area
Compensation: $340 - $360 weekly stipend. Food while camping, uniforms, training, and some travel opportunities.
AmeriCorps Benefits: AmeriCorps education awards are available to qualified individuals.
300-450 Service Hours/$1,000-$1,415 Education Award
Season Dates: Mid-May – Mid August
Reports To: Crew Leader
Mile High Youth Corps-Colorado Springs (MHYC-CS) is a regional, non-profit, AmeriCorps (www.americorps.gov) affiliated organization operating in Colorado Springs that provides employment, education and leadership opportunities for young adults ages 18-24. The goal of MHYC-CS is to improve life-skills, work readiness, employment prospects, and economic independence for youth, while also teaching them respect for natural resources and the outdoors. Our Corp Members work on conservation and environmental stewardship projects, such as fencing, weed mitigation, park development, rehabilitation of sensitive riparian areas, and trail building and maintenance, on public lands in both urban and rural areas.
The position requires an individual who loves being outdoors, is service oriented, a positive role model, and wants to develop leadership skills and experience. An interest in outdoor education, experiential education, environmental education or other educational background is an important component of this job. The Crew Mentor, collaborating with the Crew Leader, will be responsible for facilitating the work and educational components of the youth corps program. A Crew Mentor must possess a strong work ethic, promote high quality work performance in their crew, and have a desire to devote themselves to field-based work and their own leadership development for an entire season. Types of crews for Crew Mentors to choose positions from: Day Crew, Camping Crew and Sawyer Crew (see specific crew descriptions for details).
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Serve as a Corpsmember to complete conservation work at project sites using basic hand tools, chainsaws and other equipment.
• Lead and implement environmental education, leadership development, civic engagement, healthy lifestyles, career development, and service learning opportunities at work sites and in the evening.
• Train and motivate young adults to efficiently complete conservation projects on public lands.
• Help Crew Leader conduct Corpsmember member evaluations, report incidents and corrective actions formally and in a timely manner.
• Manage and participate in day-to-day details of crew life in camp and at work.
• Promote crew's physical and emotional safety on and off the work site.
• Promote individual Corpsmember development and a healthy crew community.
• Adhere to all safety rules and regulations.
• Adhere to the rules and regulations specified in the MHYC Employee and Corpsmember Handbooks.
• Implement Leave No Trace techniques on camp and project sites.
• High School diploma or GED required. Some college preferred.
• Must be between 18 – 24 years old and eligible for AmeriCorps.
• Familiarity with the safe use of basic hand tools. Conservation, construction or landscaping experience preferred, but not required. MHYC-CS will train exceptional applicants.
• Ability to adhere to the MHYC-CS policy which prohibits smoking and other tobacco use in MHYC-CS facilities, vehicles or project sites.
• Experience instructing and teaching others.
• Good record keeping skills.
• Experience with youth development, environmental education, and facilitation of life skills activities.
• Familiarity with the Youth Corps model preferred.
• Excellent organizational skills.
• Physically fit, able to work long days in adverse conditions.
• Current First Aid and CPR certification preferred but not required
• Wilderness First Aid and S-212 strongly preferred but not required.
• Knowledge of Leave No Trace camping techniques.
• Ability to follow policies and procedures.
• Desire to make a difference in the lives of Corpsmembers and the communities.
• Desire to pursue a career in education, natural resource management, forestry, or other outdoor occupation.
• Must have reliable transportation and good driving record.
• Pre-employment background check and drug screen will be required. May implement drug testing throughout employment.
This is a physically demanding job! While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit and talk or listen. The employee is required to use hands to operate tools or controls, and to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to focus. The employee must be able to speak, understand, read and write English. The employee will be required to camp for up to two weeks at a time.
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