Crew Leader – Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps

Bishop, California

Crew leaders will guide, support, and assist a crew of 5-12 members, ages 18-30 on either our Range Crews including SEKI-CC or our technical trail crews, WILDlands. There may be leadership of affinity based crews.  Leaders are responsible for modeling and ensuring work performance, safety, and crew well-being.  You will work with ESCC staff to implement operating policies as outlined in the crew member handbook and all other necessary operational policies and procedures.

These positions are seasonal and full-time, however, the exact seasonal position duration is TBD, projected to be mid-April through September. Daily work hours will generally be 8 hours per day, 5 days a week however, you may be required to perform tasks outside of normal project work hours including after normal business hours and on weekends. Required overnight travel for the duration of the season.

The entirety of your time would be spent out in the field with crews who will be working throughout California sometimes in remote backcountry locations up to 25 miles from the nearest roads.  Crew locations this season may include the Klamath NF, Shasta-Trinity NF, Inyo NF, El Dorado NF, Los Padres NF, Devils Postpile National Monument, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, and more.

You will be exposed to adverse environmental conditions while living and working including rain, snow, extreme heat and cold, dry weather, lightning, high amounts of dust, camp, and forest fire smoke, and high elevations. You may live and work around stock animals (horses and mules) and can be exposed to environmental hazards such as wildfires, avalanches, falling trees, etc., and wildlife hazards such as deer, poisonous insects, snakes, bears, mountain lions, etc.  All hazards will be addressed during safety meetings and training.

As the role models on and off the grade, you’ll set the pace for quality and quantity of physically demanding manual labor including all aspects of trail maintenance, design, and construction while maintaining a high work ethic for self and crew.  This includes but is not limited to hiking 3-20 miles per day over rugged and steep terrain while carrying tools and gear, lifting in excess of 50 pounds unassisted, and swinging tools for all hours of the work day (while loving it!) We are looking for candidates who hold themselves to a high level of integrity in their work and their interactions with their crew. The majority of the work will be trail building and trail maintenance but could include a variety of outdoor resource work including habitat restoration, tree work, fence repair, and invasive species removal among other types of project work.  You will need to maintain high standards for project quality, safety, and camp life.

To successfully perform the essential functions of this position it is required to sit, stand, walk, speak, and hear. You may be required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl on an infrequent basis. You must be able to operate office equipment, telephones, and computers. The ability to drive an organizational vehicle is required. Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

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