Position Announcement: Crew Leader – Summer Youth Conservation Corps.

Published February 14th, 2017 in Blog, What's Happening? | Comments Off on Position Announcement: Crew Leader – Summer Youth Conservation Corps.

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Do you love to work outdoors where fantastic mountain scenery can be a part of your daily routine?  Do you love watching teens have new experiences and learn new skills in nature?  The North Fork John Day Watershed Council (NFJDWC) is looking for motivated people 21 years of age and older who would like to make a difference for the people and the natural resources in the Upper John Day River Basin.  NFJDWC seeks crew leaders to guide and encourage 4-5 Summer Youth Conservation Crew employees (ages 14 and up) in performing diverse natural resource tasks. This position may require leading projects that involve the use of chainsaws, cross cut saws and hand tools (training provided).


Anticipated term: June 5, 2017 through September 8, 2017

(This time frame is flexible)


Job Description: Crew leaders will be responsible for guiding young adult employees, helping them to build an outdoor ethic and accomplish natural resource stewardship projects to improve ecologic health. Crew leaders will work with Council staff and also with resource professionals from the private and public sectors to manage daily projects. Primary responsibilities include: implementation of safety policies, engagement and mentoring of teens and young adults, transporting crew members to and from work sites (valid driver’s license and clean record required), project implementation, record keeping and training.



  • Arrive ½ hour before crew for daily planning
  • Lead youth in daily activities (including morning preparation such as: gathering appropriate tools, stretching, vehicle inspection)
  • Maintain safety controls at all times
  • Drive youth safely to worksite
  • Ability to focus first on youth training and also balance participating in project tasks
  • Assure youth take appropriate breaks as per State labor standards
  • Teach youth to perform tasks (communication, navigation, safe tool use)
  • Provide education on natural resource topics
  • Maintaining records and fill out daily paperwork
  • Maintain communication with Council staff multiple times daily
  • Returning safely at the end of the day, assuring tools and vehicle are prepared for the next day
  • Remain with the crew until the last employee has left for home
  • Some crews will be required to camp overnight on/near job sites


Location: Positions are available in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon, in communities including: John Day, Prairie City, Long Creek, Ukiah.


Projects: Projects may include trail maintenance, removal of brush and small trees along trails, invasive plant species inventory and treatment, campground cleanup, fence removal and repair, fish salvage, and other diverse tasks. Expect all weather conditions and lots of hiking!



  • Possess a desire to work outdoors
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Possess a valid state driver’s license with a clean driving record
  • Successfully complete a criminal background check
  • Complete First Aid and CPR Training (available during staff training)
  • Knowledge or experience in natural resources and/or youth development
  • Ability to perform physical labor manually for up to 10 hours in inclement weather
  • Legally able to work in the United States


Contact NFJDWC for wage information


To apply: Please email or mail a cover letter, resume and 3 references to amye@nfjdwc.org



Amy Early

PO Box 444

Long Creek, OR  97856


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