Field Leader- CLC- Sand Ridge Nature Center Summer 2024 Youth Crew

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Conservation Begins Here.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America's #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire high school students for the Chicago Conservation Leadership Corps summer program within the Forest Preserves District of Cook County.

ProgramDates:Monday July 1st-August 2th (no work July 4th)
Training Dates: SCA June 10th-22nd Local Training Dates: June 24th- June 28th 8am-3:30PM
Primary Responsibilities:
Co-lead, supervise, transport, and mentor a team of 10 high school youth, ages 14-19 for five weeks (Mon-Fri, 35 hours/week). Complete an assortment of hands-on conservation and restoration projects within different areas in the Forest Preserves of Cook County and plan and lead weekly educational field days. Communicating with Forest Preserve staff to complete and track projects. Administrative and reporting duties are required as they relate to data management, photo documentation, and youth assessments. Crew leaders will also be expected to facilitate a provided environmental education curriculum, as well as complete a summer final report on the program.
Specifically, the Crew Leader will:
  • Act as a CrewSupervisor, by facilitating teamwork, managing field-based tasks, and guiding crew dynamics
  • Serve as an Advisor, by training members in technical conservation work skills, mentoring personal and professional development, and teaching environmental stewardship
  • Act as a Project Manager, by communicating with agency park partners, ensuring successful and timely completion of work projects, and upholding a positive representation of SCA
  • Perform tasks as a Program Administrator, by organizing logistics, completing documentation, managing a budget, and communicating with SCA staff
  • Experience working with youth or young adults, teaching or environmental education a plus
  • Experience with conservation work skills or related skills preferred – i.e. trail maintenance, trail construction, habitat restoration, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening
  • Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day, exposed to the elements and most occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification required by the start of training
  • Must be able to attend both SCA and Local Crew Leader training:
  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • Must have ability to legally work in the US
  • Must have a valid driver's license for 3+ years and MVR that meets SCA standards
  • Must be able to meet SCA's criminal background check standards
  • Must be able to obtain a State of Illinois herbicide license or are willing to obtain one before program start date;
  • Knowledge of mid-western ecology, or knowledge of the forest preserves is a big plus
Crew Leader Benefits
  • Compensation: $23.00 an hour -35 hours/week
  • Work Vehicle, Gas and Program Budget Card
  • Obtaining WFA certification
  • Alternative Herbicide License
  • Building a great network of Environmental contacts
  • Paid training, we offer no housing for this position.

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