As a Field Crew Leader your service term begins with the intensive MCC Leadership Development Program, which will provide you with all of the training, reinforcement and feedback necessary to develop into an effective leader with MCC and beyond. These first 3-months are spent rigorously training within the five MCC Program Objectives: communication and team skills, leadership skills, environmental stewardship, technical field skills, and the development of a strong service ethic. The MCC Leadership Development Program includes training in Wilderness Advanced First Aid, several statewide and regional soft-skill workshops, and multiple hands-on work experiences that will challenge you to develop a strong work ethic, build your ability to endure the elements of the Rocky Mountains, and create opportunities for you to hone and polish your people skills.
These trainings will prepare you for the responsibility of leading a crew. You will become fluent in the MCC education materials and will have time to plan and exercise your lesson delivery. You will be introduced to the MCC Safety Culture and will be given the tools to effectively manage a project worksite. You will learn the administrative ropes and will practice documenting your project accomplishments, crew dynamics, and behavioral/safety incidents. You will be asked to carry out the MCC program requirements of completing 10 hours of volunteer service with a local nonprofit organization and attending one public meeting in order to support and oversee your corpsmembers’ completion of the same objective. Throughout the entire experience you will be given feedback from your staff and peers in order to increase and improve your performance.
Upon successful completion of the Leadership Development Program in May, you and your co-leader will hit the trail with your crew of four to five Corps Members for the 24-week project season. You and your crew will delve into the meaning of service while helping solve critical wildlife habitat challenges; get your hands dirty creating safe trails and maintaining access to remote wilderness areas, national parks, grasslands, and forests; and support community nonprofit organizations through volunteer service projects. The last two weeks of your term will be spent weatherizing homes around Montana as part of the Governor’s Warm Hearts Warm Homes initiative.
At the end of the day, the unscripted crew experiences you have will be the greatest teacher and will create your most lasting MCC memories. Hearing each other’s stories, supporting one another through challenge and success, inside jokes and shared experiences will create bonds that will last long after your tools are put away.
- Leadership and/or teaching experience, skills, or training
- Technical and outdoor skills, including camp craft, trail work, and knowledge of power and hand tools
- Current First aid & CPR certification
- Guide, support and assist Corps Members to insure quality work performance, safety, and crew well being
- Communicate and organize work in conjunction with the sponsor/technical advisor; assure project completion
- to the satisfaction of sponsor expectations
- Insure safety is the top priority during all MCC activities and projects; promote a ‘culture of safety’
- Follow all MCC policies and procedures; assure crew compliance to promote safe, well-functioning crews
- Makes recommendation to Regional staff for fair and appropriate discipline of Corps Members as needed
- Assure implementation of all elements of the Corps Member Development program, including PLACE and other
- education components, successful performance of crew roles and Corps Member Individual Action Plan goals
- Assist Regional staff with recruitment of Corps Members, where possible
- Teach Corps Members all relevant technical project and camplife skills necessary to insure safety and high
- quality project completion
- Provide technical, logistical and leadership support to crews and individual Corps Members
- Attend and assist in MCC service days and other MCC events
- Attend at least one public meeting and complete at least 10 hours of outside-MCC volunteer service
- Administrative Duties:
- Maintain accurate crew, payroll, personnel, Corps Member development, safety and work project records
- Maintain accurate inventory and records
- Complete and submit required reports and other paperwork in a timely manner before end of term of service
- Provide information for evaluation of Corps Members; include both positive feedback and areas of potential