2019 ESCC Crew Leader Application
Thank you for your interest in working with Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps.

ESCC will partner with various National Park Service and US Forest Service locations along with other potential partners for multiple crews and leadership positions this summer season. You will lead a tight-knit and diverse community while facilitating the development of a safe, inclusive, hard working, and well-functioning crew.

You will be the role model on and off the grade, setting the pace in performing physically demanding manual labor including hiking 3-20 miles per day over rugged and steep terrain while carrying tools and gear, lifting in excess of 50 pounds, and swinging tools for hours of the work day (while loving it!) We are looking for candidates who hold themselves to a high level of integrity in their work and their interactions with their crew. The majority of the work will be trail building and trail maintenance focused but could include a variety of outdoor resource work including habitat restoration, tree work, fence repair, and invasive species removal among other types of project work.

Crew leaders will lead a crew of 5-10 members, ages 18-25. Our WILDlands Technical crews are made up of conservation corps alumni, ages 18-30, and work on expressly technical trail work projects. There are additional questions and experience requirements if you are interested in leading this type of crew. Members recruited for these crews have specific goals of promoting to leadership positions within the field and you would help them in that journey.

There are also potential positions as technical trail leaders in partnership with the US Forest Service and providing guidance for other conservation corps crews (CCC BCTP Sponsor positions).

You will work with ESCC staff to implement operating policies as outlined in the crew member handbook and all other necessary operational policies and procedures starting with crew orientation and training.

Other job duties will include:
- Complete and submit daily, weekly, and montly paperwork, conduct corps member evaluations, and submit other forms as needed.
- Coordinate crew members on the grade and in camp, and manage meal planning and cooking, weekend recreation, environmental education, and group learning activities.
- Occasional purchasing and maintenance of food and equipment as required.
- Implement service projects according to technical specifications given by the sponsoring agency and ESCC staff.
- Maintain high standards for project quality, safety, and camp life.
- Maintain high work ethic for self and crew.

Program dates: TBD
Daily work hours will generally be 8 hours per day, 5 days a week and you will be required to perform tasks and chores outside of normal project work hours as well as facilitate the curriculum program, crew activities, and events after and before project work hours. Crews may camp and work remotely for the duration of the season and additional training and volunteer time may occur over the weekends. Weekend backpacking trips are highly encouraged. Work is based at remote wilderness locations and ‘housing’ will consist of a personal backpacking tent.

You will be exposed to adverse environmental conditions while living and working including rain, snow, extreme heat and cold, dry weather, lightning, high amounts of dust, camp and forest fire smoke, and high elevations. You may live and work around stock animals (horses and mules) and can be exposed to environmental hazards such as wildfires, avalanches, falling trees, etc. and wildlife hazards such as deer, poisonous insects and snakes, bears, mountain lions, etc. All hazards will be addressed during safety meetings and trainings.

Compensation and Benefits:
Living allowance: Leaders will receive a minimum taxable wage of $800-$1000 per week. Direct deposit is available and deposits will be made every two weeks. Food for the duration of the season is provided.

Crew Leader orientation and training will include a wide variety of soft and hard skills training including curriculum planning, food menu and ordering, environmental awareness, cooperative living skills, conflict resolution, communication, facilitation, as well as chain saw/cross cut training, trail work, tool use and maintenance, backcountry travel, and much more.

- Previous conservation corps experience and experience working for a state or federal agency is a plus. (12-months minimum leader experience required, 24-months minimum for WILDlands Crew Leaders applicants).
- Experience in outdoor work project required, previous trail building and maintenance skills required.
- Previous backcountry camping experience required.
- Experience with supervising young adults in service related and/or development programs.
- Experience teaching outdoor and/or environmental education.
- Wilderness First Aid/CPR or higher certification such as Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT.
- High level of maturity and professionalism.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Strong time-management skills and ability to work independently as well as with others.
- Ability and willingness to work a flexible and varying schedule.
- Valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record are required.
- Must be able to pass a criminal history background check.
- Sense of humor.

Please be prepared to upload your resume including detailed employment history, technical trail work experience, and information for two supervisor references, at least one former corps member reference, along with the questions below.

If you have any questions, please email us at info@easternsierracc.org. We are happy to discuss our seasonal opportunities with you.

Thank you for your interest in ESCC!

Email address *
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Dates available to start and end work. *
Season dates are TBD but could be as early as May 1st and season end dates around September/October. Please give your availability for during this time frame. Discuss any challenges and/or time commitments you may have.
Any dietary restrictions/preferences?
In detail, discuss any experiences that have prepared you for leading a crew both on the grade and for facilitating camp life. Include any certifications, work, education, training's, outdoor recreation, sports, etc. *
Are you interested in a sponsor position working with CCC Backcountry Trail Crews? *
List any relevant experience in teaching various types of curriculum for personal and group development. What are some activities and classes that you are prepared to teach to your crew? *
Please describe your detailed experience with technical trail work and your goals within this field. Line out past trail projects you have completed and/or supervised. *
Please upload your current resume. *
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