Assistant Crew Leader - Youth Conservation Corps - AmeriCorps
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Arizona Serve
Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS
Assistant Crew Leader
7 Weeks at 40 hours/week
5 weeks at 4 hours/week
Service Location: Prescott, AZ
Service Dates: May 21, 2018 – August 10, 2018
I. ORGANIZATIONAL PURPOSE AND BACKGROUND
The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) offers Yavapai County teenagers a six-week summer opportunity to work and learn alongside federal employees in a wide range of natural and environmental projects on the Prescott National Forest as part of the national 21st Century Conservation Services Corps mission. YCC facilitates the cultivation of a life-long ethic of environmental stewardship and civic responsibility through team-based work projects and individual placements. Tangible and meaningful projects allow the crew to instill young adult awareness and appreciation of the public lands legacy and of the nation’s natural, cultural, and historic resources. Youth are engaged in fun, exciting work projects such as building and repairing trails; preserving and repairing historic building; removing invasive species; helping with wildlife and land research; and learning environmental education. After a week-long leader orientation training, the crew leaders guide the YCC participants through a week-long orientation. Part of the experience includes a “wilderness spike camp” where crews learn requisite skills while camping overnight, the following five weeks of the program are made up of 10-12 hour days, four days a week.
II. PROJECT FOCUS AREAS AND ACTIVITIES
A. Facilitation: The member will work directly with 16-18 year old participants who are seeking this position as an opportunity to make money, gain technical and professional work experience. Recruited participants are often from low-income, disadvantaged situations. Assistant Crew Leaders have the unique opportunity to mentor through modeling of positive attributes/attitudes, teach technical skills, provide encouragement and empowerment to individuals.
B. Outdoor Education: Working on a crew outdoors in the heat of summer offers challenging working conditions. The member will teach safety, proper tool usage, and support participants to meet project goals under difficult working conditions. There is a remote backcountry camp that requires ACL members to facilitate safe backcountry outdoor practices.
C. Environmental Education: Participants will learn about the impact the projects have on the environment. The member will deliver topical presentations and will teach topics related to environmental education which may include: weather, geography, astronomy, environmental factors, and land use, etc.
III. Requirements and Benefits
A. Education, Skills and Abilities
o Age 17 or older
o Ability to work as a part of a dynamic team
o Responsible and punctual, with strong organizational skills
o Flexible, with creative problem-solving skills
o Positive attitude, self-directed, curious, and professional
o Experience working with youth
o Experience leading groups and facilitating activities
o Experience working in the outdoors
o Coursework in Environmental Studies or Adventure Education preferred
o First Aid training preferred
o Reliable transportation required (car not required)
AmeriCorps State Member Benefits (Summer Associate)
● AmeriCorps State Summer members receive a $2,000 living allowance during their term of service
● Upon completion of service, part-time (300 hour) AmeriCorps members receive a $1230.69 education award that can be applied to educational costs or student loans
● Education award is matched by Prescott College resulting in $2,461.38 total award towards tuition
● Members are eligible to participate in 10 (2-hour) trainings that qualify them for a Certificate in Civic Leadership and 4 college credits from Prescott College at no cost
● Team support and coaching
Arizona Serve is committed to diversity in the workplace. Females, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Prescott College is a proud participant in the Employers of National Service initiative. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.
- Stipend Provided
- Training Provided