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Conservation Corps Crew Leader

Reports to:

Conservation Corps Coordinator








CLIMB CDC is seeking an organized, professional, hardworking, and enthusiastic individual to support and lead a crew of conservation members on trails or habitat restoration projects.  This position will mentor a team of four young adult corps members while accomplishing meaningful resource conservation projects alongside land management agencies including the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and US Fish & Wildlife Service. This position has the potential for progress.

The Crew Leader (CL) will be responsible for the overall safety and success of the project, including enforcing the appropriate safety procedures and professional protocol at CLIMB CDC and project sites.  CL’s will be responsible for successfully organizing and executing field projects, safely transporting crews, professionally communicating with project sponsors, staff members and corps members as well as completing all project documentation under established deadlines. CL’s are supported by CLIMB CDC’s Conservation Corps Coordinator.

Candidates should expect to perform challenging physical labor through adverse external weather conditions. CLIMB CDC also expects CL’s to serve as positive role models, educators and mentors for all crew members.  CL’s must possess the ability to adapt to challenging and changing work conditions with a willingness to develop professionally within their careers.  Candidates should enjoy travel, working outdoors, and often working with new people in new places.

Crews will consist of youth interested in environmental work skills.  They will need motivation, direction and coaching daily.  The CL will serve as their leader to ensure they are participating and in compliance with project scopes.

CLIMB CDC maintains a strict no-alcohol possession or consumption policy on CLIMB CDC property and on project sites for members and staff alike.  Any violation of this policy is considered gross misconduct and results in immediate dismissal from the program.  Drug users should not consider applying, as CLIMB CDC reserves the right to require drug testing and does not tolerate drug users in the program.  Harassment of any kind is not tolerated.



Position Qualifications:

• Experience leading, training and motivating young adults in a safe, organized and professional manner

• Ability to prevent, analyze and resolve safety issues; possess knowledge of safety procedures as applied to field operations

• Strong organizational and communication skills necessary to lead culturally and economically diverse crews, ensuring a positive culture and a high-quality, efficient service

• Able to perform a wide variety of heavy manual labor for extended periods of time, often under adverse weather conditions

• Maintains professional communications and relations with agency project partners, staff, crew members, and the general public

• Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate

• Over 21 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license, clean driving record and have own transportation


Preferred but not required Qualifications:


• Past working experience with conservation corps/organizations

• S-212 Chainsaw Certified or equivalent.

• 6 months of chainsaw operation experience

• Possess Wilderness First Aid (WFR preferred), CPR and BBP certification

• Maintain a Pesticide Applicator License

• Basic skills in the maintenance and repair of chainsaws, and any other equipment relevant to saw work projects

• Working knowledge of young adult development, team-building and motivational techniques. Experience serving as a positive role model and mentor for team members

• Teaching and training experience regarding habitat restoration, environmental conservation and outdoor living/camping skills

• Mapping and monitoring using GPS technology

• 20 hours of biology or environmental college courses

• Commitment to CLIMB CDC’s mission and to public service through youth development and volunteerism

Climb CDC AmeriCorps    

Member Duties :

Climb Community Development Corporation will permit its AmeriCorps members to remove invasive species of plants and reintroduce native species of plants, gardening, conduct six service learning projects(MLK Day, 911, AmeriCorps week, Veterans Day, Family Enrichment Day, Goodwill Week) and work with other community volunteers to make a positive change in the community. Members will receive basic tool training, whether safety and instruction in the use of proper personal protective equipment. Members will be expected to be at assigned service site location on time and with the correct and appropriate service gear on. Member will be required to treated to treat peers, site sponsors and programs staff polite.


Prohibited Activities - While charging time to the AmeriCorps program, accumulating service or training hours, or otherwise performing activities supported by the AmeriCorps program or CNCS, staff and members may not engage in the Activities listed in the AmeriCorps program hand book.


Program Benefits : Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Stipend ,  Training . 


Terms : Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Uniforms provided and required ,  Car recommended . 


Service Areas : Community and Economic Development ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Health ,  Hunger ,  Children/Youth ,  Community Outreach ,  Disaster Relief ,  Environment ,  Education . 


Skills : Conflict Resolution ,  Public Speaking ,  Environment ,  General Skills ,  Team Work ,  Leadership ,  Communications . 


Service Description : This AmeriCorps program works to rehabilitate 20 acres of public and private land, clean storm debris and restore the natural environment within our community. This program provides guidance and training in the environmental work field. We promote environmental stewardship by providing individuals access to opportunities that inspire self-reliance.




Program Type:

AmeriCorps State / National



Climb CDC AmeriCorps


Program Start/End Date

09/01/2018  -   08/31/2019


Work Schedule

Part Time


Education level

High school diploma/GED


Age Requirement

Minimum:  17 Maximum:  24


Program Locations






Accepting Applications

From  08/15/2018  To  11/15/2018 


To apply :

Phone  2288646677




Donna Bell

1316 30th Ave

Gulfport   MS   39501


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1526 Mills Avenue
Gulfport, Mississippi 39501
(228) 864-6677

CLIMB CDC offers equal education opportunities, services, and/or employment to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran or marital status, sexual preference, or any other non-merit factor in the application to, admission to, or participation in any of its courses, programs, or activities. Auxiliary aids and services will be provided to those with disabilities upon request. This program is funded in part by TDWDA/SMPDD. TTY#: (800) 582-2233