Northwest Youth Corps
  • Field Staff
  • OR, USA
  • Other
  • Other

LOCATION:Starting from Eugene, OR and then traveling/camping within Oregon.

COMPENSATION: $107 (or $110 for returning Crew Supervisors)/work day (M-F) for 12 weeks, three meals/day and camping access. New Crew Supervisors receive 10 training days at $50 per day.

PROGRAM DATES:

-Session #1 2023: 2/13/23 (for new Crew Supervisors) or 2/24/23 (for returning CWPC Crew Supervisors) through 5/12/23.

-Session #2 2023: 9/11/23 (for new Crew Supervisors) or 9/22/23 (for returning CWPC Crew Supervisors) through 12/8/23 (11/24+25 unpaid non-work days).

BENEFITS OVERVIEW:

Paid Crew Supervisor Training may cover the following topics and more:

  • NYC Leadership Philosophy
  • OHSA Courses
  • USDA Chainsaw Operation and Maintenance
  • Brush Cutter Operation
  • Power Pole Saw Operation
  • Wood Chipper Operation
  • Driver and Trailer Use
  • Tool Use and Maintenance
  • Defensible Space Inspection Training
  • Work Site Analysis
  • Crew Management and Motivation
  • Conservation Education
  • Risk Management and Safety Procedures
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Behavior Management
  • Time Management
  • Anaphylaxis training
  • IS-100, IS-700, S-130, S-190, L-180. By taking and completing the above courses, this will result in you having taken all course requirements needed for Entry Level Wildland Firefighter (NWCG Firefighter 2) certification (i.e. Red Card). Having your "Red Card" will allow you to be employed as a Wildland Firefighter.
  • Gear and Safety Equipment provided: 2 field work shirts, eye protection, ear protection, hard hat and more.

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND:

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 SUMMARY:

CWPC Crew Supervisors (CSs) manage and supervise crews of up to 5 young adults, ages 19-26, during the session. Schedules will typically be Monday through Friday; however, schedules may vary for certain training, etc days. While in session, CSs will be responsible for completing a variety of conservation-oriented projects on public and/or private lands and implementing a safe and highly efficient crew experience, including facilitation of work to be performed, crew meal and break times, our outdoor education curriculum, and more. CSs are well-balanced individuals who work hard and embody compassion, patience, and inspirational attitude. In many ways, CSs teach our crew members how to navigate the crew work and social environment with grace and positivity. CSs deliver an impactful, educational experience to young people in their communities. This position can also provide an entry-point into the fields of natural resource management, youth development, outdoor education and more. CSs assist in creating resilient communities in the face of Wildfire.


POSITION DETAILS:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Support

  • Promote continued organization support of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives.
  • Seek to remove barriers to participation in NYC programs for underrepresented populations.
  • Represent and promote Northwest Youth Corps commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in planning and decision making.

Department Supervision and collaborations

  • This position is directly supervised by a CWPC Field Supervisor.
  • This position directly supervises CWPC Crew Members.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Leadership and Mentorship:

  • CSs manage, supervise, and participate in all aspects of crew work from hauling rocks to stacking brush and much more. CSs maintains crew discipline, resolves conflicts, and establishes/maintains crew morale.
  • CSs provide formal and informal feedback to crew members with specific attention to safety, work productivity and quality, efficiency, teamwork, and leadership.
  • CSs work to empower crew members to build the skills necessary to lead the crews themselves.
  • CSs receive feedback on their performance and are challenged to develop their leadership skills within this program.

Safety and Risk Management:

  • Provide support, assessments and training to ensure everything is being completed in a safe, professional, and productive manner.
  • Ensure that all staff and members are actively following NYC safety and risk management protocols; respond to field incidents and emergencies as necessary.
  • Oversee the physical and emotional safety of crew members. 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.
  • CSs may be responsible for transporting the crew and equipment to and from the worksite daily, safely in a Northwest Youth Corps fleet vehicle.

Project Management and Implementation:

  • CSs are responsible for safely completing conservation projects to high standards by training, working with and supervising crews. Developing skills in effectively delegating responsibilities to make your crew as efficient as possible is a major key to successful leadership in our programs.
  • CSs serve as the principal liaison with project partners and members of the local community. In the field, they will provide direction to their crew with specific attention to safe work practices, proper tool use, work quality, and productivity.
  • CSs are mentors and role models and set the pace and tone of the project site. This position can be physically, emotionally, and mentally demanding.
  • CSs will lift heavy loads, walk long distances, and should expect to find each project physically challenging.

Education Curriculum:

  • CSs implement daily lessons based on Northwest Youth Corps's education curriculum (SEED), which incorporates environmental education, life skills development, nutrition and health, and job readiness credentials.
  • CSs track participant's progress throughout the program.
  • CSs are encouraged to bring their own positive skills and experiences to the education curriculum and use natural surroundings for teachable moments.

Position Qualifications and Certifications

  • At least 21 years old.

Education:

  • Education in a related field and/or experience in outdoor recreation, environmental education, youth development or educational fields preferred.
  • Experience in conservation work and/or youth programming will be considered in place of education.

Experience:

  • Recreational/ professional outdoor experience.
  • Excellent organization and time management skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and promote teamwork.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Good judgment and decision making skills.
  • Sense of humor, spirit of adventure, and desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others and the environment.
  • Experience/desire in working with diverse populations.

Certification(s)/License(s):

  • Current Driver's License and acceptable driving record for the past three years (Driver's License Background Check required).
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification required before session start date. Current Wilderness First Aid/CPR or Wilderness First Responder (or WEMT) strongly preferred.
  • Preferred "B Sawyer - Felling and Bucking" on the USDA National Certification program or the ability to gain certification through NYC.

Physical Demands/Work Environment

  • Applicants must be in good physical condition; capable of working on strenuous, labor-intensive projects as training and work projects often require heavy lifting, constant bending, digging, and long hikes to and from the worksite, be on foot for 8-10 hours per day. The applicant must frequently lift and/or move up to 75 pounds (with or without reasonable accommodation).
  • The noise level in the environment is quiet to loud. PPE is provided and use is required.
  • Applicants must be comfortable working in austere outdoor environments which include but are not limited to working year-round in weather conditions that include rain, wind, snow, wet, cold, dry, and hot conditions in temperatures that range from as low as 15F to over 100F.
  • Applicants must be able and willing to frequently drive a Northwest Youth Corps vehicle to certain work locations that can be remote and may not have access to the internet, phone, or immediate emergency services.
  • Applicants must be comfortable from switching to field and office responsibilities multiple times a week and sometimes within the day.
  • While performing the duties of this job, with or without reasonable accommodation, the applicant is required to stand; walk; use hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or vehicle; reach with hands and arms; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk, hear; and smell repeatedly.

**This Position Description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the applicant. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice**


TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • This is a full time, session based position.
  • Typical work hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00AM to 4:30 PM, but can vary due to weather, IFPL levels, training needs, etc. There will be other required camp chores, etc before and after these work hours (including on Saturdays+Sundays).
  • This is an immersive position camping with your crew and time away from the crew is not usually possible for Crew Members (if it was, it would require advance coordination).
  • A Strike Force Crew Supervisor may receive a day off every 2-3 weeks.
  • Crew receives a 30 minute lunch and at least two breaks each day. This 30 minute lunch break does not count toward work hours.
  • This job offer is contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory background check.

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