Assistant Crew Leader - Forestry (Seasonal)

Organization:

Larimer County Conservation Corps

Location:

Fort Collins, CO

Deadline:

Contact:

Tayler DeBrosse

Position Title: Assistant Crew Leader - Forestry            Location: Fort Collins, Colorado (Greater Larimer County)Timeline of Service: May 24, 2021 – August 13, 2021 (tentative) temporary, full-time positionStipend Allotment: $6,959.56 total stipend (paid in biweekly increments of $1,159.93)AmeriCorps Benefits: $1,311.11 AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion for qualified individuals (this position may qualify for academic credit) Position Summary:The Assistant Forestry Crew Leader is a seasonal position mentoring a crew of six young adults who perform various conservation projects.  Projects focus on hazardous tree removal, fire mitigation, and invasive species removal using chainsaws on public and private lands throughout the community. Assistant crew leaders serve alongside the corpsmembers and to complete service projects in a variety of weather conditions and terrain. Assistant crew leaders are not responsible for directly supervising corpsmembers.  The Larimer County Conservation Corps (LCCC) promotes individual development through service for the benefit of our environment and community. Our programs empower corpsmembers to develop personal and professional skills, gain environmental awareness and actively engage in the community, while developing self-sufficiency to help them become productive members of our community. The LCCC is based in Fort Collins, Colorado and is an accredited corps through the Colorado Youth Corps Association and The Corps Network. Schedule:  The Assistant Sawyer Crew Leader is expected to serve Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. -5:30 p.m. and attend a staff meeting on Friday mornings.  Assistant Crew Leaders must be available to camp with the crew Monday through Thursday throughout the season due to project locations This schedule may be modified due to training, weather, logistics, or other unforeseen circumstances.   Duties and Responsibilities: Crew Mentorship: Help lead a crew up to six corpsmembers, ages 18 to 25  Motivate and encourage corpsmembers persevere in difficult and physically challenging settings Promote leadership while encouraging the development of teamwork, self-worth, conflict resolution, effective communication, goal setting, decision making, and the building of community Monitor physical and emotional safety of the crew Assist training corpsmembers in areas including, but not limited to, proper tool use, sawyer certification, and Leave No Trace principles Maintain a safe service environment and encourage the use of appropriate personal protective equipment Facilitate teambuilding activities, environmental education, and life skills curriculum on a regular basis, or as projects determine appropriate Adhere to the Larimer County Conservation Corps policies and procedures Safely drive a twelve-passenger van and trailer Project Implementation: Complete fire mitigation, hazardous tree removal, and invasive species management using chainsaws (other projects may include habitat restoration, fence construction, and trail projects) Perform duties expected of any corpsmember including conservation projects, meal preparation, camp cleanup/set up, and other day-to-day duties Demonstrate the safe operation and maintenance of chain saws and other outdoor equipment Use technology to accurately complete digital daily and weekly logs Coordinate logistics with the crew leader and program coordinator Report directly to program coordinator, Tayler DeBrosse, (970)498-6081/tdebrosse@larimer.org Required Qualifications: Must be 18-25 years old Leadership, organizational, and problem-solving skills Clear and effective communication skills, both verbal and written Background serving in a team environment, preferably with youth Proficient troubleshooting and conflict management skills Possession of High School Diploma or GED Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado driver's license  Desired Qualifications: Wildland Fire Chainsaw training, S-212; Class A Sawyer Knowledge of conservation techniques, construction, landscaping, and tool maintenance  Previous experience with youth in the outdoor education field  College coursework in natural resources, forestry, or education related field  Previous conservation corps experience Offer is Contingent upon the Following Stipulations: Must provide a current DMV report to be reviewed  Must pass a drug screening, dynamic lifting assessment, and state and national criminal history check  Successful completion of the following provided by the employer: Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification obtained before May 24, 2021. The LCCC will host a Wilderness First Aid course for new staff as an option prior to the start date. Physical Requirements: Must have: Acceptable eyesight, including clear near and far vision, good depth perception  Adequate hearing to perform essential duties Appropriate voice skills to be clearly understood on the telephone and in public contacts Fine and gross motor skills and use of arms, hands, and fingers to perform computer duties and operate equipment Must be able to: Hike up to eight miles carrying 50 lbs. in a 10-hour day Exert up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 lbs. of force frequently, and/or up to 10 lbs. of force constantly to move objects Climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and reach frequently or constantly    Environmental Conditions and Physical Surroundings: Exposure to variable weather conditions, noise, dust, airborne particles, and vibration First Aid course for new staff as an option.  S-212 chainsaw certification