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POSITION:  Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Crew Leader

WORK SCHEDULE:  Seasonal temporary, ~35 hours per week

LOCATION:  San Juan Island, Lopez Island, and Orcas Island

TIME PERIOD:  June 20th - August 19th, 2022

WAGE:  $18.00 - 21.00 hourly, based on experience



Crew leaders are expected to: lead Youth Conservation Corps work crews (grades 7 – 12) for an 8-week summer season (June-August). Two crew leaders are assigned to work with 8-16 youth crew members on each of the three islands where this program is offered. Crew Leaders perform a variety of skilled tasks while supporting the development and growth of the YCC program and providing training, leadership and supervision to YCC crews.

Please note: If you are a WWU student, we are happy to work with the College of the Environment to qualify this position as a paid internship.




1. Collaboratively lead daily youth activities for the YCC program:

  • Implement prescheduled daily work plans and projects, including environmental education, in coordination with the co-crew leader and other program staff.

  • Lead and motivate crew members to perform work safely in various field projects including but not limited to: trail building/maintenance, wildlife habitat monitoring/restoration, noxious weed removal, forestry monitoring, farm and food systems education, and related projects.

  • Plan and teach environmental education daily using provided YCC curriculum and weekly educational themes.

  • 10-15% of job duty includes paid administrative work, including: completing daily and weekly reporting, emails, photo documentation, incident logs, and coordinating with co- crew leader and program coordinator.


2. Professionally represent YCC program in the community:

  • Maintain transparent, effective, and professional communication with co-crew leads, program coordinator and program partners. Follow direction and detailed instructions from supervisors and seek clarification when needed.

  • Maintain a high level of professionalism and integrity, inspire confidence and respect, find solutions to challenges, and use feedback from others to grow and develop.

  • Use patience and clear communication to help youth grow, gain skills, and develop a stronger connection to the natural world and the local community.


3. Maintain responsibility for the safety of self, others, materials and equipment:

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

  • Report all incidents regarding the health and safety of crews and partners to supervisor(s) in a timely manner.



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

  • Previous experience with youth care, education, mentorship, or general supervision.

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

  • Wilderness EMT or similar training and/or certification.

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

  • Experience leading groups in outdoor environments, particularly youth.



  • Background in environmental education or related field.

  • First aid and CPR certified by program start date.

  • Familiarity with, or interest to learn about, the San Juan Islands’ natural environment.

  • Team player that can succeed in a dynamic, collaborative environment.

  • Access to cell phone, personal transportation, and housing in San Juan Islands for duration of program.

  • Fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by program start date and able to provide proof of vaccination.


All applicants must be 18 years or older, able to pass a background check, possess a valid driver’s license, and have ability to use all safety equipment. Must possess a willingness to perform physical activity and work in adverse weather/field conditions. Must demonstrate ability to rely on experience, training and independent judgment in determining how to plan and execute responsibilities in a resourceful and effective manner.  


Please send resume, cover letter, and any questions to Kelsey Kittleson, YCC Program Coordinator, at You can also reach Kelsey by calling 360-378-6621 ext. 5.



The Youth Conservation Corps, operated under the San Juan Islands Conservation District, provides conservation and stewardship summer programs for youth ages 12-18. The summer program runs for 8 weeks June-August and provides outdoor learning opportunities for 30-40 youth split into three crews, one per island, on Orcas, Lopez, and San Juan Island. Youth work closely with program staff, conservation professionals, and partner education programs on stewardship/restoration projects, inquiry-based experiential outdoor education, technical field skill building, and professional development.


Learn more about the YCC on our website at:

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