Expedition Leaders

Are you an enthusiastic leader who loves the outdoors and working with kids? Then you've come to the right place! As an expedition 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!

For more details about MCC's Expedition Leader positions, check out our FAQs and Suggested Gear List.

Openings

Location: Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula, MT
Program Dates: February 3 through November 4, 2020
Living Allowance: $725 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $6,095 upon completion of the program

Primary duties of the Senior Expedition Leader (SEL) include training of Expedition, Youth and Field Crew Leaders, field visitation and logistical support to help insure the successful completion of MCC youth projects and programming, and logistical support to ensure regional operations run smoothly.  The SEL, under the supervision of the Youth Program Manager, works with all regional staff and must maintain communication between the office and the field.   The SEL helps ensure that MCC policies and procedures are followed by all members and leaders while establishing and maintaining a good working relationship with project partners, parents/guardians, and community organizations. The SEL will be called upon to lead or join an existing crew when necessary.  The SEL is an AmeriCorps member and is entitled to the benefit package offered all AmeriCorps members. This is not a 9-5 job, rather a commitment to service and an experience where long hours and extended time away from your home base are to be expected.    SELs must be self-motivated and flexible in order to meet the changing needs of the position. This position will have recurring access to vulnerable populations.

Senior Expedition leaders will have the opportunity to earn certifications such as Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Chainsaw and Crosscut certifications, and participation in workshops such as Facilitative Leadership, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Managing Behavior Using Restorative Justice.  The SEL will apply their skills and knowledge in the mentoring and support of Expedition Leaders and Youth participants.

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Location: Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, Missoula, MT
Program Dates:  April 20 through August 14, 2020
Living Allowance: $700 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $3,047.50 upon completion of the program

The Leader will assist in the successful completion of MCC natural resource and community service projects, on-site management of a crew, monitoring of crew dynamics to ensure a high level of crew motivation and functioning, as well as the delivery of the full range of MCC programs.  This is not a 9-5 job, rather a commitment to service and an experience where long hours and extended time away from your home base are to be expected.

High School and Middle School Expedition Leaders and their crews will camp for the full duration of their youth members’ terms, often times in remote locations on varied terrain and in all weather conditions.  All Nation and Youth Conservation Corps Leaders will be locally-based programs with the potential for episodic overnights with their crews throughout the season.

1. All Nations Expedition Leader: Lead a combination of day and overnight expeditions for (Indigenous) middle school and high school-aged teens from communities outside the regional office location in daily outdoor service projects in multiple locations near the population center which they serve.  Leaders will work side-by-side with teachers, school staff and public land representatives, with crew sizes of 6-12 participants.
2. Expedition Leader: Lead overnight service expeditions for Middle School and High School youth that vary in length from one week to four weeks.  Leaders engage and mentor crews of approximately 6 youth members on natural resource projects in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
3. Youth Conservation Corps Expedition Leader: 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, with crew sizes of 5-8 participants.
 

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