Connections Summer Crew Leader

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Deadline to Apply:

Thursday, January 31, 2019, 5:00pm


Danbury, CT
United States

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Position Description:

The Crew Leader will be responsible for program delivery throughout the summer of 2019. Specific restoration projects may include, but are not be limited to: invasive plant management; riparian buffer plantings; water quality sampling; macroinvertebrate sampling; trail work; boat launch installation; rain garden construction and GPS mapping. In addition the Crew Leader will be a mentor and guide to student’s career development through educational programming. This program has three goals that the Crew Leader will be responsible for: 1) Implementation of the Still River watershed plan through restoration projects; 2) Environmental Education and Career building for the youth in the program; and 3) Public outreach about the program and Still River watershed planning efforts. At the end of the season the Crew Leader will help the crew design and execute a poster presentation to the community about the work they’ve accomplished.

Program Structure:

This is an 8-week paid position (35 hours/week) from late-June to mid-August. During the first and last week, the Crew Leader will work with HVA staff at our office in Cornwall Bridge, CT on program preparation and wrap-up. The Crew Leader will work directly with the crew for the remaining 6 weeks (20 hours/week with the crew, with the remaining 15 hours/week designated for preparation and follow-up). The Crew Leader works with HVA’s Conservation Projects Manager throughout the season.


  Ensure the personal safety of crew members

  Coordinate with program partners to schedule and implement projects

  Plan and execute daily activities

  Reinforce positive work etiquette and approve crew members’ time sheets

  Ensure group cohesion and harmony

  Assist crew members in sharing their knowledge with the public

  Public outreach through social media management, infield engagement with the public and engagement with reporters.

  Track program impact through data collection and management

  Design and deliver environmental education lesson plans both in-field and in classroom

  Provide guidance to students as they design and deliver a poster session style presentation at the end of the program

Required Experience/Qualifications:

  Experience working outdoors with groups of young people (ages 14-19). Examples may include, but are not limited to: outdoor leadership programs, science education, camp experience, etc.

  Experience planning environmental education activities on a daily and/or weekly basis

  Strong scientific background in environmental science, wildlife biology, hydrology, natural resource management, or similar field

  Enthusiasm for teaching and learning

  Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills

  Familiarity using Facebook and Instagram

  First Aid/CPR training (HVA can help qualified applicants obtain this training)

  Daily access to a reliable personal vehicle is a requirement of the position (HVA does not have a field vehicle. All travel will be done in a personal car with mileage reimbursements.) Valid driver’s license,

clean driving record, willingness to drive truck/rental van when necessary

  Physically able to perform strenuous field work (i.e., physically active work outside for several hours at a time during the heat of the summer).

Desired Qualifications:

  Familiarity with the Still River towns which include Danbury, Bethel, Brookfield, New Milford, Newtown, and Ridgefield, CT

  Spanish and/or Portuguese fluency is a plus

How to Apply:

To apply send the following to Courteny Morehouse at




Courteny Morehouse, Conservation Projects Manager

(860) 672-6678 ext. 108