Employment Opportunities


Position: Youth Conservation Corps Crew Leader

Salary: $16.00 - $18.00/hr DOE

# of Positions: 1


Work Schedule: Seasonal (Temporary), 32-40 hours per week


Location: Orcas Island


Time Period: June 14th - August 20th, 2021


Overall Job Description:

Under general supervision of the Youth Conservation Corps Program Coordinator, lead and direct summer seasonal youth work crews (grades 7 – 12) and to perform a variety of skilled tasks, including: lead youth in hands-on field work through environmental stewardship projects (~80%); create and implement environmental education lesson plans and learning objectives; support the development and growth of the YCC program and provide training, mentoring, leadership and supervision to island YCC crews.


Duties & Responsibilities:

1. Leads seasonal youth field work activities for the YCC program (75%):

  • Implements daily work plans and projects, including environmental education, in coordination with the Program Coordinator and YCC management.

  • Leads and motivates crew members to perform work in both front country and back-country settings.

  • Ensures effective communication with crews to safely perform projects for: trail maintenance, wildlife habitat monitoring/restoration, stewardship projects, GPS data acquisition and related projects.

  • Conducts daily safety briefings and morning circle with the crew as well as afternoon closing circle.

  • Manages any emergency response situations according to YCC protocols and first aid training, and acts in the prevention of potential for emergency situations.

  • Adhere to, manages, and implements COVID-19 safety protocols: including mask wearing, social distancing, and other procedures following program protocols.​

2. Plan and teach daily environmental education activities (15%): 

  • Coordinates with co-crew leader and program staff to plan/teach applicable education using YCC Curriculum Binder and staff as resources.

  • Plans and implements a “training day” for youth crews during week 1, including the following topics: organization, maintenance and safe operation of equipment and tools, leadership skills workshop, team- building exercises, and ‘how to’ of basic trail maintenance.

3. Complete necessary administrative work (10%):

  • Prepares and submit daily reports, weekly report forms, photo documentation, and incident logs at the end of every week to Program Coordinator.

  • Communicates professionally and equally with staff and project partners. Seeks management support and guidance when needed.

  • Works with co-crew leader to arrange weekly check-ins (about 1 hour each week) to discuss challenges or future plans, discuss crew dynamics, curriculum planning, etc.

  • Attends 1-3 summer check-ins with Program Coordinator throughout the summer to gain additional support or troubleshooting.

  • Attends weekly group virtual check-in with other crew members and YCC Management.

  • Effectively communicates with crew members, parents, program partners via phone, email and in- person. Communicates any last-minute changes to the season schedule, or any other important news to parents.

  • Reports all incidents regarding the health and safety of crews and partners to YCC Management in a timely manner.


4. Works in a collaborative manner to help implement the YCC program, which includes the following:

  • Co-leads and maintains effective and efficient communication with crew leads, Program Coordinator, Field Supervisor, District Manager, and agency partners. Follows direction and detailed instructions from supervisors. Seeks clarification from supervisors when needed.

  • Acts as a positive mentor to island youth, using patience and clear communication to help youth grow, gain skills, and experience positive personal change while developing a stronger connection to the natural world and the local community.

  • Maintains a high level of professionalism and integrity, inspires confidence and respect, finds solutions to challenges, and uses feedback from others to grow and develop.

  • Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials and equipment. Uses all safety equipment and follows all safety regulations, policies and procedures.

  • Works as part of a team to coordinate staff response to issues related to program disciplines.

Required Qualifications:

  • Attend all-staff training during the week of June ~14th-18th, 2021.

  • Obtain Adult First-Aid/CPR/AED Certification with pediatrics endorsement.

  • Has reliable personal transportation to/from sites.

  • Has consistent housing through program duration.

  • Has access to to internet/email through program duration.

  • Has personal cell phone and can be reached by co-crew lead, other staff, and parents easily during all working hours.

  • Values clear, direct, and open communication in work environments.



  • Previous experience as a crew member or leader in a conservation, trails or other similar program.

  • Previous experience with technical aspects of trail building, restoration or natural resource related projects.

  • Wilderness First Aid, EMT, or other advanced first aid certification.

  • Familiarity of the San Juan Islands, marine ecosystems and ecology of the Pacific Northwest.

  • Experience leading youth groups in outdoor environments.

  • Experience as a naturalist or outdoor/environmental education teacher/leader.

  • Is patient, enjoys being part of a team, working with youth and acting as a mentor.


All applicants must be able to pass a background check and possess a valid driver’s license. Must possess a willingness to perform physical activity, work in adverse weather and field conditions. Must have the ability to use all safety equipment. Demonstrated ability to rely on experience, training and independent judgement in determining how to plan and execute responsibilities in a resourceful and effective manner.



Please send cover letter and resume to YCC Program Coordinator Kelsey Kittleson at kelsey@sjicd.org. Position open until filled.

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