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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Position Offerings

Location: Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula
Program Dates: April 23 through August 15, 2018
Living Allowance: $700.00 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $2,215.24 upon completion of the program

A Youth Crew Leader Positon is the perfect fit for someone searching for a meaningful position that positively impacts middle and high school age youth, local communities, and nearby public lands. 

In the Spring, Youth Crew Leaders will receive seven intensive weeks of training, covering topics such as conflict resolution, communication, and facilitation, as well as trail work, tool use and maintenance, backcountry travel, and other technical skills.  During the spring, Youth Crew Leaders will also have the opportunity to recruit for youth in local high schools, work directly with youth on various service projects, and develop positive and productive co-leading relationships.  During the summer, co-leading pairs will lead a crew of 6-7 local high school or middle school age participants on a variety of conservation based projects, from trail work to fencing to campground and fire lookout maintenance to wildlife surveys.  Throughout the summer, leaders will facilitate MCC’s Positive Youth Development based education curriculum while teaching and upholding high expectations for work ethic and work standards.  Youth Crew Leaders will camp and work remotely with their crews for 1-4 weeks at a time.

This summer, hone your leadership and hands-on conservation skills, make a real difference, and have a blast exploring Montana’s wild lands. 

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Location: Kalispell and Missoula
Program Dates: May 21 through August 18, 2018
Living Allowance: $700.00 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,230.69 upon completion of the program

Legislated nationally as a permanent program of the US Forest Service in 1974, the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) engages young people in paid work on needed conservation projects while providing environmental education opportunities that allow them to "learn while they earn."  In 2017, the US Forest Service is partnering with MCC to offer the program by engaging MCC members as Crew Leaders to YCC crews.

YCC Leaders will be based out of the Northern Rockies region in Kalispell, MT or the Western Wildlands region in Missoula, MT for their 3 weeks of training.  Immediately afterwards, co-leading pairs will travel to their placements for the summer, either in the Libby, Eureka, or Cabinet Ranger Districts in the Kootenai National Forest, or based in Kalispell to work in the Flathead National Forest. Leaders in Missoula will head to the Plains or Thompson Falls Ranger Districts on the Lolo National Forest or the Bitterroot National Forest.  Each co-leading pair will lead a crew of 6-7 local high school age participants on a variety of conservation based projects, from trail work to fencing to campground and fire lookout maintenance to wildlife surveys. Throughout the summer, leaders will facilitate MCC’s Positive Youth Development based education curriculum while teaching and upholding high expectations for work ethic and work standards. YCC high school crew members return home every evening. 

Serving as a YCC Leader with MCC will have a lifelong impact not only on you, but also on the communities, landscapes, and teens enrolled in YCC. You’ll discover unexpected abilities in yourself along with the enduring self-confidence to effectively lead young people toward accomplishing even the most challenging tasks. In the end, it is your commitment to serving others, starting with the youth on your crew, that yields the most satisfaction and the greatest enjoyment. 

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Location: Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula
Program Dates: March 12 through August 17, 2018
Living Allowance: $700.00 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $2,907.50 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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