Position Dates:September 18, 2017-March 24, 2018
Application Deadline: Open until filled. Applications/Candidate will be reviewed in order received.
We are seeking one qualified candidate for Crew Leader positions for the Fall 2017 Conservation Corps New Mexico Field Season. This is an exciting opportunity for experienced crew leaders looking to get in on the ground floor of a brand new conservation corps program. Building on the partnerships and work which Arizona Conservation Corps has completed in southern New Mexico over the years, Conservation Legacy is launching Conservation Corps New Mexico. CCNM crews will be based in Las Cruces, NM and all project work will take place on public lands in southern New Mexico and western Texas. Successful crew leaders are technically apt, self-motivated, energetic and tenacious – they understand the value of hard work in the outdoors and are driven to excellence in conservation.
CCNM Field Crews perform conservation work primarily involving trail construction and maintenance utilizing chainsaws and hand tools. A typical field season involves 2 weeks of crew leader training, 2 weeks of member orientation and technical skill training, and a 16 – 19 week season. In season (post-training) crews typically work a 9 day on/5 day off schedule (Tuesday – Wednesday). During the 9-day “hitch” or “Spike” crews work together during the day, eat and camp together in the evening and learn together throughout. Crews work in remote settings in all weather conditions. Depending on the project and location, crews may spend some of their season deep in the backcountry with little or no support.
Fall 2017 offers many exciting projects in a variety of locations. Projects will take place on the Gila and Lincoln National Forests, Guadalupe Mountain National Park, and potentially Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Organ Mountains National Monument.
Crew Leaders are responsible for oversight of all field-aspects of their crew including project work, camp life and crew dynamics. In addition to the Crew Leader, each crew will have 7 members including an Assistant Crew Leader. Together they will work as a conservation crew for the duration of the season.
This position is based in Las Cruces, NM and crews will return there after every hitch.
Crew Leaders earn $460 – $600 per week depending on experience. During each hitch, food for cooking and campsites for lodging will be provided. All members and leaders are responsible for finding their own accommodations on their 5 days off – CCNM does not provided off-time residences.
Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Conservation, Crew, Trail Supervisor, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders
Previous conservation corps leadership experience or experience on a professional trail or fire-fuels crew
Demonstrated outdoor leadership experience
High degree of physical fitness and ability to work long days in adverse conditions
High School diploma or GED certificate
Professional conservation, construction or landscaping experience
Familiarity with basic conservation skills including: chainsaw operation, crosscut operation, full bench trail construction, trail and corridor maintenance, and hand tool maintenance
Relevant Bachelor’s Degree (Environmental Science, Conservation, Biology, Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation, etc…)
Good driving record (insurable by current carrier) and current driver’s license
Experience teaching outdoor experience
ABOUT CONSERVATION CORPS NEW MEXICO
Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC) operates programs across Arizona engaging individuals and strengthening communities through service and conservation. AZCC has program offices in Flagstaff and Tucson.
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