Youth Program Leader

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Sunday, March 31, 2019, 11:45pm



United States

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Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization which operates from offices in Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell and Missoula, Montana.  Our work takes place in a variety of prairie and forested locations in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, North Dakota and South Dakota.  MCC strives to give its participants the experience of a lifetime through challenging conservation work and the rigors of life outdoors, coupled with education developed specifically to create engaged citizens and lifelong environmental stewards.  A term with MCC provides the ideal opportunity to discover personal growth, greater self-awareness, increased confidence, communication and leadership skills, as well as the ability to meaningfully engage with those of diverse backgrounds.

Position Summary

The Leader will assist in the successful completion of MCC natural resource and community service projects, on-site management of a crew, monitoring of crew dynamics to ensure a high level of crew motivation and functioning, as well as the delivery of the full range of MCC programs.  This is not a 9-5 job, rather it is an experience where long hours and camping for an extended time away from home, often in remote locations on difficult terrain and in all weather conditions, are to be expected.

High School and Middle School Expedition Leaders and their crews will camp for the full duration of their youth members’ terms, often times in remote locations on varied terrain and in all weather conditions.  All Nation and Youth Conservation Corps Leaders will be locally-based programs with the potential for episodic overnights with their crews throughout the season.

  • All Nations Leader (Leads ages 14-18): Lead American Indian middle school and high school aged teens from the greater Great Falls and Billings areas in daily outdoor service projects in multiple locations near the population center which they serve.  Leaders will work side-by-side with teachers and public land representatives.  Leaders will be based in the Central Divide region.
  • Middle School Expedition Leader (Leads ages 12-14): Lead middle school aged crews on week-long outdoor expedition service projects, camping each night and using conservation-based projects to facilitate experiential education opportunities. 
  • High School Expedition Leader (Leads ages 15-17): Lead high school aged crews on month-long expeditions, camping each night and providing each crew with successive one- to two-week projects managing natural resources for the duration of each month.  These leaders will have opportunity to creatively engage and mentor youth in an immersive setting which may see projects ranging all over Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, or the Dakotas.
  • Youth Conservation Corps Leader (Leads ages 15-18): Lead high school aged crews for 8-10 weeks, working intensively in one community to fully explore a variety of hands-on natural resource projects.  YCC crews are based in remote, rural communities around Montana.

Other duties include establishing and maintaining good working relationships with regional staff, members, project technical advisors, youth, and volunteers to ensure the successful on-site management of crews and monitoring of crew dynamics to ensure a high level of crew functioning and ensures that policies and procedures are followed by all members of their crew. Work may include building or maintaining trails, building fences, and habitat restoration, among many other types of projects.  Not all Leaders will work on all types of projects.  The Leader will assist with the recruitment of youth program participants. The Leader is an AmeriCorps participant and is entitled to the benefit package offered all AmeriCorps participant. The Leader and co-Leader are part of a leadership team working under the supervision of the Youth Program Coordinator. This position will have recurring access to vulnerable populations.  

Leaders understand that commitment, flexibility and self-motivation are integral to maintaining the high expectations placed upon them.  They use their training, experience and commitment to facilitate their crew’s development.  They are creative in their approach to problem solving and motivating others, and are invested in the idea that their personal development and growth as a leader are most fully realized when used in service to their crews, their communities and the environment.

Programmatic Duties

  • Recruit youth program participants through in-school visits, reaching out to other youth serving organizations, etc.
  • Conduct youth member interviews and make participation recommendations to staff
  • Design and deliver orientation for participants and parents, and on-going training for youth members
  • Oversee implementation of all elements of the youth program, including formal education curriculum and other education components, successful performance of crew and camp roles, and technical and camp-life skills
  • Provide guidance and support to youth members during day work projects and overnight camping experiences to ensure quality work performance and crew well-being
  • Communicate and organize work in conjunction with the partner/technical advisor and assure project completion to the satisfaction of partner expectations
  • Ensure safety as the top priority during all MCC activities and projects and promote a culture of safety
  • Follow all MCC policies and procedures and assure youth crew compliance to promote well-functioning crews
  • Make recommendations to regional staff for fair and appropriate discipline of youth members as needed
  • Promote a positive public image for the MCC by wearing the MCC uniform and acting in a professional and respectful manner at all times while representing MCC
  • Attend at least one public meeting and volunteer at least twice with local non-profit groups or agencies

Administrative Duties

  • Maintain accurate crew, payroll, personnel, Youth Crew Member development, safety, inventory, and work project records
  • Complete and submit required reports and other paperwork in a timely manner before end of term of service
  • Provide information for evaluation of Youth Crew members; include both positive feedback and areas of potential improvement


  • High school degree, GED, or willingness to work towards obtaining a GED
  • Minimum age of 21
  • US Citizenship or lawful permanent US Resident
  • Valid driver’s license, ability to pass a Motor Vehicle Records check
  • At least two years of college or military experience, or equivalent work experience
  • Ability to hike 3-12 miles per day in rugged terrain, often wearing a 45lb backpack and carrying tools
  • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds repeatedly and use hand and power tools
  • Ability to pass a National Service Criminal History Check and background check for working with vulnerable populations
  • Available for duration of entire term of service; commitment to completing term
  • Current Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification, or higher
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Strong service ethic and desire to serve the community and the environment
  • Willingness to work long, hard hours in all weather conditions; ability to be away on overnight trips for up to 14 days at a time

Helpful Experience

  • Leadership and/or teaching experience, skills, or training
  • Technical and outdoor skills, including camp craft, trail work, and knowledge of power and hand tools.
  • Experience with youth, ages 13 – 18

MCC seeks to provide access and opportunity to a diverse group of staff and participants, while continuing to identify and reduce barriers to being involved in our organization and programs.  We encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply.

Position Start Date:

Monday, April 22, 2019

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Compensation Information:

  • $2,215 AmeriCorps Education Award
  • $686.60 biweekly living allowance
  • Health Insurance

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Nate Hess

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