Want to impact the future? There is no better way than to be an Expedition Leader and guiding local Montana youth in conservation service-based outdoor projects on our public lands. Everyday is a little different. Some days you'll need to be creative and others supportive, but you have a chance to be significant in a youth's life and to be remembered. Your classroom... well it is some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Mountain West. If you're committed and impassioned by making an impact on both the lives of youth and our public lands, then serving as a leader of a youth crew is the right position for you!
Lead crews with a co-leader for month long projects, working intensively in one community to fully explore a variety of hands-on natural resource projects. Expedition crews are based in remote, rural communities around Montana, with crew sizes of 5-8 participants. The youth participants typically camp much of the time.
Position Summary: The Leader will support high school youth in the successful completion of MCC natural resource and community service projects, provide on-site management of a youth crew, and actively facilitate crew dynamics to ensure a high level of crew motivation and functioning. Leaders will do overnight service expeditions in two week “hitches”, with some four week sessions possible. Leaders engage crews of approximately 6 youth members on natural resource projects in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota. High School Expedition Leaders and their crews will camp for the full duration of the session, oftentimes in remote locations on varied terrain and in all weather conditions.
Work may include building or maintaining trails, building fences, and habitat restoration, among many other types of conservation projects. The Leader is an AmeriCorps participant and is entitled to the benefit package offered all AmeriCorps participants. The Leader and co-Leader are part of a leadership team working under the supervision of the Youth Program Coordinator. This position will have recurring access to vulnerable populations.
Expedition leaders will have the opportunity to earn certifications such as Wilderness Advanced First Aid, and participation in workshops such as Facilitative Leadership, Youth Mental Health First Aid, and managing Behavior Using Restorative Justice. The EL will apply acquired skills and knowledge in the mentoring and support of youth expedition participants.
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MCC seeks to provide access and opportunity to a diverse group of staff and participants, while continuing to identify and reduce barriers to being involved in our organization and programs. We encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply.
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