Youth Program Leaders

Are you an experienced leader who loves the outdoors and working with kids? Then you've come to the right place! As a leader of an MCC youth crew, you will guide local Montana youth in conservation service based outdoor projects on our public lands. You'll have the chance to positively impact the lives of middle- and high-schoolers, local communities, and some of the most treasured wild lands in the West. If you're committed to 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!

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Location:  Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula
Program Dates: February 4 through November 6, 2019
Living Allowance: $710.00 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $5,920 upon completion of the program

A Senior Youth Crew Leader has the opportunity to not only impact and interact with youth, but also  to mentor and train other Youth Crew Leaders. Throughout the Leadership Development Program, the SYCL will provide vital support to the  Youth Program Manager and the rest of the staff team,  assisting in technical and fundamental trainings required for the summer field season. The SYCL can also expect to assist with administrative tasks and the recruitment and hiring of the youth members. Throughout the summer the Senior Youth Crew Leader will continue supporting and mentoring the Youth Crew Leaders and Youth Crew Members with field visits and technical assistance on projects. This is a unique and dynamic position where one can grow individually and professionally while working on independent tasks and supporting staff, leaders, and members.

The design of this position is to remain flexible in the changing atmosphere of work. Whether it’s coordinating with other groups for volunteer opportunities, building a new trail in the deep wilderness, assisting with regional inventory, teaching a group of youth during an afterschool program or restoring sage grouse habitat on the eastern plains; this leader completes projects of all sorts. Joining MCC is not a job – it’s a serious commitment to service and an opportunity to immerse oneself in a diverse experience.

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Location: Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula
Program Dates: April 22 through August 16, 2019
Living Allowance: $686.60 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $2,215.24 upon completion of the program

Here are the different programs that we are seeking leaders for: 

  1. All Nations Leader (Leads ages 14-18): Lead American Indian middle school and high school aged teens from the greater Great Falls and Billings areas in daily outdoor service projects in multiple locations near the population center which they serve. Leaders will work side-by-side with teachers and public land representatives.  Leaders will be based in the Central Divide region.

  2. Middle School Expedition Leader (Leads ages 12-14): Lead middle school aged crews on week-long outdoor expedition service projects, camping each night and using conservation-based projects to facilitate experiential education opportunities. 

  3. High School Expedition Leader (Leads ages 14-17): Lead high school aged crews on month-long expeditions, camping each night and providing each crew with successive one- to two-week projects managing natural resources for the duration of each month. These leaders will have opportunity to creatively engage and mentor youth in an immersive setting which may see projects ranging all over Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, or the Dakotas.

  4. Youth Conservation Corps Leader (Leads ages 15-18): Lead high school aged crews for 8-10 weeks, working intensively in one community to fully explore a variety of hands-on natural resource projects. YCC crews are based in remote, rural communities around Montana.

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