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Position Overview: The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment is seeking four dynamic individuals with excellent leadership skills to lead diverse groups of high school students in a variety of restoration and resource management projects as part of its youth corps program: Plumas Conservation Restoration & Education in Watersheds (P-CREW). Crew Leaders are responsible for managing twelve, 10th-12th grade teens for two, month-long sessions while supporting restoration efforts on the Plumas and Lassen National Forests and adjacent lands in the Northern Sierra.

Participants do not go home during the month-long program, so Crew Leaders are responsible for the youth full time. This includes facilitating fun, safe, and sustainable recreation with the crews on weekends. Under the guidance of Sierra Institute’s P-CREW Program Manager, Field Coordinator, and Program Assistant, the Crew Leaders will work with professional partners to complete projects with students such as: fuel reduction, trail maintenance, fencing and invasive species removal. Crew Leaders will be experienced outdoor professionals with the skills and interests to serve as excellent role models with an exemplary work ethic and the desire to devote themselves to a crew experience where the needs of others are placed above oneself. This is a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of youth and be part of a growing, innovative program.

One of the twelve crew members will be an Alumni “All-Star” Assistant – Leader in Training, a youth who has successfully completed a P-CREW session and is returning to gain leadership experience. Crew Leaders will manage and mentor the Alumni All- Star Assistant, helping them advance in a leadership role. As Crew Leader, you will be part of a team of three field staff, which includes a second Crew Leader (your co-lead) and an Alumni All-Star Assistant.

The Sierra Institute is located in rural Taylorsville, CA surrounded by millions of acres of national forest. Crew Leaders will be camping in the field with program participants. The salary for the Crew Leader is $837 per week (potential flexibility DOE) for just over the eight-week summer season, and $702 for training and closeout weeks. Meals are provided when in the field (approximately 9 of the 12 weeks).

Program Background: P-CREW provides opportunities for urban and rural teens to restore the environment, learn about natural resource management, gain job skills, and disconnect from technology while they camp for four consecutive weeks working 40 hours a week on projects that benefit the environment. P-CREW runs two crews simultaneously for a total of four throughout the summer.

Start and end dates: June 1, 2021- August 27, 2021

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references as one document. Submit application materials to with “P-CREW Crew Leader” in the subject line. Positions are open until filled. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Sierra Institute for Community and Environment is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: High School

About Sierra Institute for Community and Environment

Our Mission
Promoting healthy and sustainable forests and watersheds by investing in the well-being of rural communities and strengthening their participation in natural resource decision-making and programs.