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Crew Leader


Posted by Utah Conservation Corps on 04/01/2024

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Outdoor

Job Categories: Trail Management

Company Type: Conservation

State: UT

City: Moab

Country: United States

Required Experience: 0 - 1 year

Job Type: Seasonal Full Time

Salary: See details below

Required to Relocate: Yes

Required to Travel: Yes

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within:

Job Description & Requirements

Position Overview

  • Field Office Locations: Logan, Cedar City, or Moab
  • Term of Service Dates (900-hr term): June 1– November 23
  • Schedule: Full-time commitment, hours & schedules vary from week to week with extended travel up to 10 days.
  • Application: – This link will take you to an external website, please read the full position description before completing the application.
    •  Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Crew Leaders (CLs) will lead 5–10 person crews on various conservation-related projects. CLs are responsible for facilitating a positive crew member experience by setting an example of enthusiasm throughout work and camp life. They provide leadership, mentorship, support, and training for their crew. They are expected to uphold and follow UCC’s values, ensure policies and procedures are followed, communicate with project partners, and record and report weekly project outcome data and other documentation. Note: CLs may be assigned to co-leadership duties, depending on project needs.

We seek team members who:

  • ·       Are creative problem solvers
  • ·       Speak and act professionally, with a high level of maturity when faced with uncertainty and discomfort
  • ·       Have the ability to lead and to motivate self and others
  • ·       Communicate effectively
  • ·       Can adapt to changing circumstances
  • ·       Are passionate about conservation work
  • ·       Desire to provide mentorship for emerging conservation leaders

The CL term of service is approximately 6 months, spanning 2 field seasons (Summer and Fall). This position involves frequent travel, camping, irregular hours, and a varying weekly schedule. 


Projects & Schedule

Crews serve on projects in a variety of locations. Field projects may be in the backcountry (hiking into the project site, camping away from a vehicle) or frontcountry (such as driving to the project site daily, camping at the vehicle, or non-camping lodging). Projects may also be urban (located in a city or town) or rural (located in national parks, forests, etc. with limited access to facilities and resources). 

Project work may include (but is not limited to):

  • Trail construction and maintenance 
  • Invasive species management, including herbicide application 
  • Habitat restoration 
  • Fence installation and repair
  • Land management inventory and mapping
  • National disaster response efforts
  • Community service
  • Recreation and facilities maintenance and construction
  • Recreation signage repair

The schedules for crews in the field will change from project to project. Crews generally serve 10 hours a day (some days may be up to 12 hours including travel) on a 4-9 day “hitch” while camping in front and backcountry settings. Typically, crews will have 3-5 days off between hitches. Daily schedules will include two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute lunch. (The 30-minute lunch break does not count toward term of service hours.)



Conservation Project Management

  • Ensure that UCC policies and procedures are followed at the project site, campsite, and during travel
  • Conduct risk assessment and management at project and campsites
  • Prepare crew members for project work and outdoor living, including working, camping, and traveling through inclement weather
  • Lead crew to accomplish daily and weekly project outcomes
  • Proactively communicate with field staff and project partners about project goals, progress, techniques, problems, etc.
  • Equip the crew with essential information, tools, first aid kits, and supplies for assigned project work, travel, and camping
  • Track, maintain, and repair tools and equipment
  • Monitor rig and de-rig processes and procedures


Crew Member Mentorship 

  •   Cultivate a safe and productive environment at work and camps
  •   Assist FLTs and field staff with Fall crew member training
  •   Provide in-field guidance, training, and direction to crew members
  •   Establish positive crew dynamics and a communicative atmosphere
  •   Foster a supportive learning environment
  •   Facilitate conflict management and resolution within the crew 
  •   Document and report incidents and policy violations to field staff in an appropriate and timely manner 


3.  Documentation & Reporting

·       Complete documentation and reporting on time and as assigned by field staff including, but not limited to:

o   Weekly Progress Reporting

o   Vehicle Inspection

o   Daily Safety Logs

o   Incident Reports

o   Debrief Notes

o   Tool and Equipment Logs

o   Rig-up/De-rig Scheduling



Who Are You?

The UCC is for people who are passionate about the outdoors, conservation, service, and education. Our members have the opportunity to go new places, meet new people, learn new skills, explore careers, and connect with potential employers.



  • Experience with group communication, conflict management & resolution
  • Maturity & professionalism in an environment with irregular and changing schedule
  • Self-motivated with a commitment to personal and professional growth
  • Alignment to UCC’s mission and values of safety, service, community, inclusivity, positivity, and commitment
  • 3 months leadership or supervisory experience in a team or crew-based setting
  • Ability to communicate professionally and effectively with administrators, supervisors, and peers
  • Demonstrated outdoor/camping skills 
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Eligible to enroll in an AmeriCorps term of service
  • Pass a National Service Criminal History Check



·       Trail maintenance and construction experience

·       Chainsaw training and experience

·       Previous experience in conservation corps, public lands management, or work in similar fields

·       Ability to communicate professionally and effectively with administrators, supervisors, and peers

·       Experience working with and demonstrating leadership in diverse communities

·       6 months leadership or supervisory experience in a team or crew-based setting

·       Current Wilderness First Responder


Note: Participants must supply their own personal outdoor gear and equipment such as a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, day pack, multi-day pack, work pants, work boots, etc. Members are eligible for a uniform reimbursement up to $100. A recommended gear-list will be provided prior to starting the term of service. UCC will provide project tools, personal protective gear, crew kitchen kit (stove, fuel, cooking and serving supplies) and transportation to and from projects. UCC participants are eligible for pro-deals.



Why Join Us?

Through this experience, you will find a new level of hard work and determination by working long hours, oftentimes in challenging conditions. You’ll learn what it really means to be part of a team. You will create friendships and connections that will last a lifetime. In the end, you will gain the confidence and knowledge that you can and will conquer the hardest obstacles life throws at you.


Professional Development

All crew members will be trained in safe and proper tool use and maintenance, project techniques and management, backcountry, and outdoor living. Training topics and certifications may include chainsaw and hand tool use, project techniques, and first aid. Members will also have the opportunity to network with project partners, thereby developing possible future employment opportunities.


Compensation & Benefits 

·       Living allowance of $1,444.74 paid 2x per month; total $17,336.88. Note: this is taxable income.

·       Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, $3,447.50 (available upon successful completion of term)

o   Learn more about how you can use your Education Award

  •  Professional Development Training Fund: $250.00 available for use during term of service for approved conservation skills and leadership trainings

·       Forbearance on qualifying student loans while in service

·       Conservation leadership experience

·       Wilderness First Aid Certification (~$250 value)

·       Chainsaw training with the option to qualify through UCC National USFS Chainsaw Program as an A Faller (apprentice sawyer)

·       Utah Non-Commercial Pesticide Applicator License

·       Member Assistance Program (a mental wellness program)

·       $100 reimbursement uniform reimbursement (boots/pants) for a 900hr term


To Apply

Click link below to complete UCC Crew Leader Application:

You are required to attach a resume and cover letter to your online application. 

**Cover letters should describe the following:

·       Why you want to serve with Utah Conservation Corps

·       Your experience working within a group, including leadership roles (leadership does not need to be a paid position)

·       Other qualifications relating to the Crew Leader position

Research shows that candidates from underrepresented populations often don’t apply for positions if they don’t meet all of the position qualifications and skillsets. UCC strongly encourages you to apply if you are interested!

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

About Utah Conservation Corps

UCC is an AmeriCorps program made up of members, staff, and partners dedicated to service to our community and environment.  We engage in projects throughout the state of Utah that address goals relating to environmental conservation, leadership, education, and sustainability.

UCC AmeriCorps members have committed to a term of service for their country that may range from 3 months to a year. Our members are individuals seeking opportunities to give back, to improve the environment and explore the beauty of Utah's public lands. Many of our members are current students or recent graduates looking to gain experience in the fields of natural resource conservation, education, or social services. 

Utah Conservation Corps is a program of Utah State University's Center for Civic Engagement & Service Learning.