Polk County Conservation

Senior Crew Leader

Senior Crew Leader - Seasonal (<6 month)

The Senior Crew Leader position is responsible for supporting all PCCYC program activities from early May through October 2019. This position will split time between administrative duties and direct co-leadership of a youth crew. In the spring, this person's duties may include processing hiring paperwork and finalizing work project details in advance of summer field-based work. After co-leading summer youth crews, the Senior Crew Leader will again provide administrative support to include recruitment for fall crews before acting as a leader for a fall crew.  

Get paid to work outside and inspire young people through environmental stewardship projects. You will work alongside a fellow crew leader to supervise, mentor, and inspire a crew of 10 teens. You’ll gain experience managing a crew, maintaining trails, restoring habitat, creating dialogue around conservation, and leading outdoor recreation activities.

Job Description

Under direct supervision, assists with coordinating daily operations of Polk County Conservation's Youth Corps crews. The majority of the work is performed in an outdoor environment and requires a flexible work schedule that may include evenings and weekends.

Illustrative Examples of Work

  • Serves as a co-leader for a crew of up to 10 youth with a desire to make a difference in the lives of young adults
  • Supervises, motivates and encourages crew members, in a variety of scenarios and situations, to restore and protect habitat, appreciate the outdoors and learn life skills
  • Serves as a positive role model and mentor, fostering environmental awareness and a strong work ethic in crew members
  • Instructs crew members in safe operation of tools and equipment and enforces safe practices
  • Leads crew to complete projects that may include invasive species removal, trail maintenance, painting, small carpentry projects, campground maintenance, trash removal, seed harvest, tree planting, etc.
  • Lead educational and recreational activities that may involve following a lesson plan, facilitating group discussions, leading activities, or teaching recreation such as canoeing, fishing, camping, fire building, etc.
  • Manages daily activities and work projects by communicating expectations to crew members
  • Completes necessary paperwork including but not limited to incident reports, crew member check-in, pre-and post-program surveys, daily work logs, and tool and equipment inventory
  • Assists with administrative tasks as needed to support seasonal crews
  • Communicates effectively while taking a leadership initiative
  • Upholds and demonstrates the Polk County Conservation Youth Corps Code of Conduct at all times

 Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to lead, direct, and  creatively motivate socio-economically and ethnically diverse teenage work crews ages 15-18
  • Ability to work outdoors for long periods in adverse weather conditions (heat, humidity, rain, etc.)
  • Ability to complete heavy physical labor tasks (extensive lifting, bending, digging) and requires the use of various equipment, trailers, and vehicles including tool maintenance
  • Ability to lift and carry loads up to 50 pounds in all terrains and hike up to 5 miles
  • Ability to motivate and educate under challenging conditions
  • Ability to create a positive and inclusive environment welcoming to diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Knowledge of basic conservation practices, outdoor recreation skills, and current environmental issues
  • Ability to use basic forestry and construction equipment (shovels, rakes, pruners, loppers, etc.)
  • Prior leadership experience with peers
  • Ability to coordinate project tasks and logistics
  • Adaptable and active problem solver when faced with changing conditions
  • Ability to obtain/maintain a valid driver's license and a chauffer's license issued by the State of Iowa
  • CPR/First Aid certified and current preferred but not required
  • Previous work experience involving teenage youth preferred
  • A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire

Training and Experience

  • Graduation from an accredited college or institute with an Associate's Degree in Environmental Science, Forestry, Education, Social Work or similar degree or experience working with youth
  • Any equivalent combination of training and experience which will have provided the required knowledge, skills, and abilities as listed above
  • Must attend the Youth Corps Crew Leader Orientation to include Conservation and Equipment Skills training and Youth Diversity training

Special Requirements

  • Must be at least 19 years of age
  • A criminal background check is required
  • Pre-employment physical including drug screening is required
  • Candidate must pass a post-employment offer physical examination and Physical Capacity testing to ensure candidate meets the essential physical requirements of the position


The Senior Crew Leader is ideally available from May 1 to October 31.

Must be able to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, and irregular hours, especially beginning in September. *May 27, July 4, July 5, and September 2 will be unpaid days off.

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12130 NW 128th St
Granger, IA 50109

P: (515) 323-5300
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