Lead Coordinator - Conservation Leadership Corps

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Thursday, December 15, 2016, 5:00pm


Gatlinburg, TN
United States

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Conservation Leadership Corps provides training for young people (ages 18-25) interested in careers in conservation and looking to build the skills necessary to begin working in the field. As such, to expose corps members to a variety of professional opportunities in conservation, the work of the CLC includes a variety of projects outside of the scope of traditional Trail crews. While the corps will spend 2-3 weeks doing trail rehabilitation and maintenance, CLC members will also perform natural resource management work, learn the basics of field ecology through citizen-science projects, become Leave No Trace Master Educators, shadow ATC Ridgerunners, and more. CLC members are recruited through a partnership with Groundwork USA.

The CLC Lead Coordinator (LC) is the primary in-field coordinator and liaison while the CLC is in season, and will also work for several weeks before and after the mid-May to late-July dates required of the corps members. This means that the LC will have a wide variety of responsibilities during their term of service. Beginning in mid-March, the LC will assist in recruiting, interviewing, and hiring the corps members, as well as confirming program logistics. Once corps members are hired, the LC will be the main liaison between corps members and the ATC, helping them prepare for their term of service. The LC will be responsible for coordinating meals and travel logistics (including driving the six-person crew to and from work sites) as well as supervising the crew during their days off. The LC will be the main liaison connecting with staff, partners, and instructors for each component of programming. The LC will foster positive group dynamics to ensure a high level of corps functioning, and will coordinate regular professional development opportunities for corps members. The LC will work with program instructors to collect all data and work projects, and evaluate each program component. Finally, after the crew season, the LC will work for several weeks compiling program evaluations and writing a full report of the corps’ achievements and recommendations for the program.  

Required Skills:

  • A high-school diploma and an excellent driving record
  • Excellent organizational, administrative, and education skills
  • Proven ability to work without direct supervision, individually and as part of a team, with a varying schedule
  • Experience working as part of a close-knit group and managing group dynamics
  • Excellent leadership and risk management skills
  • Food preparation and menu-planning experience (or willingness to learn)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, experience and proficiency in working with diverse groups of people (especially youth ages 18-25), and a strong desire to motivate and empower corps members
  • Positive attitude and a desire to work hard and model a strong work ethic
  • Ability to participate in outdoor activities and to travel on foot over rough terrain

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of the Appalachian Trail, ATC, and/or Groundwork USA
  • Knowledge of and experience with trail maintenance
  • Hospitality experience
  • Current CPR and first-aid or Wilderness First Aid certification
  • Ability to travel on foot over rough terrain and for long distances while carrying equipment
  • Experience with facility, equipment, and tool maintenance
  • Experience working or recreating in the outdoors, particularly in the backcountry

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit a resume, completed application, and list of three references to jjudkins@appalachiantrail.org. The application and more detailed information about the position can be accessed on our website at http://appalachiantrail.org/home/about-us/careers/position-description/conservation-leadership-corp-(clc)-lead-coordinator.