Wolf Trap Crew Leader
Conservation Begins Here
The Student Conservation Association (SCA), Americas #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire students for the programs.
Training Dates: 5/8/23 5/12/23 (paid mandatory training)
Program Dates: 5/8/23 8/4/23 (13 weeks)
Schedule: Monday Friday 8:00 am 4:00 pm (40 hours/week)
Location (City and State): Vienna, VA
Transportation and Site Location: The crew leader must provide their own transportation to and from the worksite at 1551 Trap Rd, Vienna, VA 22182. The specific parking lot the crew will meet every morning is located at the maintenance yard at Wolf Trap. See this Google Maps pin for exact location.
As Crew Leader, you will guide and inspire a team of 3 young adults to complete field conservation projects at Wolf Trap National Park for Performing Arts. This young adult crew will work alongside National Park Service staff on a variety of projects. Members will work for 10 full weeks. The leader will be onboard for 13 full work weeks, which includes leader training and post-program wrap up tasks.
All four crew members will go through training by National Parks staff to complete different field projects throughout the park including:
- Erosion control in picnic areas
- Pruning, planting, and seeding native gardens
- Prep and paint light pole bases, curbing, and crosswalks within the interior of the park
The crew leader will work collaboratively and efficiently with their team to complete these projects by deadline. Tool usage, safety, risk, and job hazard assessments will be part of training and daily briefings. Crew leaders will learn to work safely in outdoor environments while learning new skills alongside their crew members. Being open to new experiences is a huge advantage for crew leaders.
In addition to field work, crew leaders should expect to complete ~3-5 hours/weekly outside of work hours to complete crew leader administration tasks. These tasks may include coding expense receipts, uploading photos from the field, writing incident reports, or reviewing members time logs, among other things.
Specifically, the Crew Leader will:
- Act as a Crew Supervisor, 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 (18 years old+) 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 must occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more
- Must be able to attend Crew Leader training: 5/8/23 5/12/23
- Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
- Must have the ability to legally work in the US
- Must have a valid drivers license for 3+ years and MVR that meets SCA standards
- Must be able to meet SCAs criminal background check standards
Leader Benefits and Compensation:
- $750 weekly stipend
- $250 travel stipend
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