Northwest Youth Corps
  • Field Staff
  • Eugene, OR, USA
  • Other
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$1,678 AmeriCorps Education Award

Position: AmeriCorps Youth Community Crew Leader

Location: Based out of Eugene, OR. Leaders/members need to commute to the central meeting location each day where leaders will then drive the crew to various project sites such as community parks or nearby forests. There is also a ten-day leader training that involves camping.


Session 1 Required Leader Training: June 5, 2023 - June 15, 2023

Session 1 Program: June 20, 2023 - July 21, 2023

Session 2 Program: July 24, 2023 - August 25, 2023

QUESTIONS/CONTACT: Hannia Candelario, OR Program Manager:


Since 1984, Northwest Youth Corps (NYC), a non-profit organization, has given tens of thousands of youth and young adults opportunities to learn, grow, and experience success. Through partnerships with conservation agencies, youth and young adults gain the personal and professional skills needed to carry out a variety of stewardship projects, from which they can earn a stipend, high school credit, and/or an AmeriCorps educational award. More importantly, these young people gain skills needed to become economically and socially self-sufficient, benefit their communities as citizen stewards, and recognize that they can make a positive difference. NYC also operates an accredited charter school, internship program, and the Idaho Conservation Corps (ICC).

Position Details:

  • Impact the lives of youth by teaching job-skills and education lessons
  • Accomplish meaningful service projects in your local community
  • Excellent entry-point into the fields of natural resource management, youth development, and outdoor education.

Youth Community Crew Leaders co-lead, manage, and supervise conservation crews of up to ten youth, ages 15-18, over the course of the summer. The summer season is broken down into two 5-week sessions so leaders will oversee two separate groups over their term of service. Crews work Monday through Friday and meet each morning at a central location in their community. While on session, Field Leaders will be responsible for completing a variety of hands-on, conservation-oriented projects on public and private lands, and facilitating daily lessons using our accredited outdoor education curriculum. Field leaders are well-balanced individuals who work hard and embody compassion, patience, and an inspirational attitude.


Leadership and Mentorship - Leaders supervise all aspects of the crew and the work project. They delegate responsibilities to crew members, maintain crew discipline, resolve conflicts, and establish/maintain crew morale. Leaders provide formal and informal feedback to corps members with specific attention to work productivity and quality, teamwork, and leadership. Field Leaders receive feedback on their performance from NYC staff and are challenged to develop their own leadership skills within this program.

Safety and Risk Management - Leaders are directly responsible for the physical and emotional safety of program participants at all times. Safety is the number one priority in everything we do, including work, education, and recreation. This includes not only the physical safety of participants but their mental and emotional safety as well. Leaders will be responsible for transporting the crew and equipment to and from the worksite in NYC fleet vehicles.

Project Management & Implementation - Leaders are responsible for completing conservation projects to high standards by training, working with, and supervising crews teenage participants. In the field, leaders will provide direction to their crew with specific attention to safe work practices, proper tool use, work quality, and productivity. Leaders are mentors and role models and set the pace and tone of the project site.

Education - Leaders implement daily lessons based on NYC's education curriculum (SEED), which incorporates environmental education, life skills development, nutrition and health, and job readiness. Field Leaders track corps member participation and progress throughout the program. Field leaders are encouraged to bring their own skills and experiences to the education curriculum and use natural surroundings for teachable moments.

Hours: Crew Leads are expected to attend the entirety of both Community sessions. The crew will meet at a central location each morning M-F, drive out to the project site for 6.5-7 hours of work, and return to the meeting site at the end of the work day. Each day will also consist of a 30 minute lunch break, several rest/water breaks, and SEED lesson time.

Pay/Benefits: This Northwest Youth Corps position is operated in partnership with AmeriCorps, our country's national service program. AmeriCorps members complete paid terms of national community service to address our nation's most pressing issues. As an AmeriCorps member you will receive a living allowance of $6,354 prorated throughout your term of service, along with earning a $1,678 AmeriCorps Education Award. Pay rates are subject to increase in 2023. Learn more about additional benefits here

Required qualifications:

  • At least 21 years old
  • Current First Aid (or higher) and CPR certification needed before session start date
  • Recreational/ professional outdoor experience and experience working with youth
  • Experience/desire to work with diverse populations
  • Able to arrive on time to the pre-designated meeting point during all training and service
  • Positive mental attitude, flexibility and commitment to success.
  • Excellent judgment.
  • Ability to listen, give and take feedback.
  • Desire to go the extra mile to make a positive impact on oneself, others and the environment.
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 70 pounds
  • Current Driver's License and clean record for past two years
  • Ability to pass background check

Northwest Youth Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Our core purpose is to provide opportunities for youth and young adults to learn, grow, and experience success. We believe diversity is a key source of strength for our communities, and we strive to create a safe and empowering environment for participants from a wide range of backgrounds and abilities. We are deeply invested in the success of youth and young adults of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, religions, sexual orientations, economic statuses, or other socio-cultural identifiers.

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