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P-CREW Youth Corps: Crew Leaders
Dive into a rewarding summer full of adventure and restoration work all while mentoring the next generation of landscape stewards!

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment seeks crew leaders for the 2022 Plumas Conservation, Restoration, and Education the Watershed (P-CREW) youth corps season. P-CREW youth corps is an immersive, six-week, experiential work opportunity designed to offer employment on Northern California’s public lands to youth from rural and urban areas around the state. For nearly a decade, the program has worked to develop the next generation of natural resource stewards through paid work experience, field-based learning, personal growth, and professional engagement.

P-CREW members will spend the majority of their time outside, working, learning, playing, and exploring. Students will perform a variety of tasks related to ecological restoration and outdoor recreation requiring challenging physical labor and open communication with their crew members. Project work improves the health of landscape while simultaneously improving sustainable public access through many activities including but not limited to: trail maintenance and building, invasive species removal, aspen and meadow restoration, and hazardous fuels reduction.

Crew Leaders for P-CREW youth corps are integral to the success of this program. P-CREW leaders will have the unique opportunity to develop leadership and stewardship skills while supervising and mentoring a youth crew. Crew leaders will be provided 5 weeks of in-field training to prepare for the P-CREW summer session. Once P-CREW begins, crew leaders will train, supervise, and mentor their youth crew 24/7 for a six-week session.  Crew Leaders are responsible for managing eleven, 10th-12th grade teenagers while supporting restoration efforts on the Plumas and Lassen National Forests and adjacent lands in the Northern Sierra.

Additionally, leaders may be offered an option to continue employment following the P-CREW season on Sierra Institute’s trail crew. This unique position was designed to empower P-CREW leaders to deepen their connection to nature,  build trusting relationships with support staff, and feel confident developing the next generation of natural resource stewards.

Job Duties:

Participate in pre-season 5-week training (if the training time interferes with college finals please reach out to discuss implications and possible accommodations)
Mentor and Co-lead a crew of 11 crew members (ages 16-18) and one Alumni All-star Assistant for 6 weeks including day to day activities at the project site, at camp, and recreational activities on the weekends. This includes providing physical, social, and emotional support to the crew.
Provide guidance, leadership opportunities, and camp operations responsibilities to the Alumni All-Star Assistant to foster personal and professional growth.
Educate and train youth crew members in camp set up, camp and personal hygiene, Leave No Trace principles, and camp safety.
Successfully complete conservation projects for 40 hours per week throughout the six-week session in a variety of outdoor settings.
Lead recreational trips on the weekends (backpacking, swimming, hiking, etc.)
Navigate and transport crews to and from work, camp, and recreational sites safely while pulling a trailer on both paved and dirt roads. (Driving with a trailer can be learned and practiced during training weeks).
Submit written, digital, and oral reports on project status, supplies, personnel, incidents, vehicles, and expenses to support staff on a weekly basis. This includes capturing before and after photos of projects and photos of crew members working and camping.
Provide guidance for healthy meal planning to crew members. Food for all meals will be provided by support staff.
Plan, organize, and facilitate team bonding activities and educational lessons with the aid of a pre-developed curriculum.
Practice routine safety meetings with crew members including evening debriefs, vehicle checks and tool assessments.
Conduct personal check-ins and evaluations of crew members to foster personal and professional development of youth.
Administer first aid and keeping detailed records.
** Additional details regarding the trail crew to be provided upon interview.


Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: High School
Driver's License Required: Yes
Hiring Requirements for this Job:
  • Background Checks
  • Reference Check
  • Motor Vehicle Record Check
  • Minimum Hourly Wage: 16.50

    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.
    Our Approach
    Recognizing the direct relationship rural communities have with forest landscapes, Sierra Institute has advanced integrative programs that support rural environmental, economic, and community health at local, regional, and national levels for the past twenty-five years.