Crew Leader Positions

Being a crew leader is a challenging and rewarding journey unlike any you’ve ever experienced before! We’re now accepting applications for the 2018 Summer Season. CLICK HERE to visit the application portal.

NCYCC Spike Crew Leaders:

  • Position Dates: May 21 – Second week of August
  • Salary: $500-550 per week, depending on experience & $250 per week during training
  • End of season Completion Bonus: $500


  • Minimum age requirement: 22 years old
  • Preferable background in education, parks and recreation management, environmental studies, or related field
  • Leadership experience with diverse groups of young people. Outdoor leadership experience preferred
  • Budget management and bulk food purchasing experience
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible in a variety of situations
  • Strong work ethic and ability to work long days in challenging conditions
  • Maturity, optimism and a sense of humor
  • Minimum First Aid certifications: Wilderness First Aid/CPR
  • A good driving record and a valid driver’s license held for a minimum of 3 years
  • Willingness to undergo a criminal background check

North Carolina State Parks Chainsaw AmeriCorps Crew Leaders:

Prior chainsaw and leadership experience is required. Must have a S-212 B sawyer certification and 1+years serving as a crew leader in a corps. Saw crew leadership a plus.

  • Age: At least 22 years old
  • Position Dates: May 21 – Second week of August
  • Living Allowance: $525-$550/wk plus room and board.
  • End of season Completion Bonus: $500
  • Eligibility to apply for a 10-month NC State Parks AmeriCorps position to start September, 2018.


  • Good driving record and a valid driver’s license held for at least three years
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • An unwavering commitment to safety in every aspect of the crew’s work
  • Ability and desire to work with NC State Parks personnel to set work expectations and provide on-the-job trainings.
  • Ability to support corps member training in chainsaw certification and other job skills
  • An ability to work long, physical days running a chainsaw and working with heavy tools
  • Commitment to modeling and teaching strong work habits in an outdoor setting of adverse conditions
  • Dedication to creating a team environment that nurtures personal growth and accountability.
  • A positive attitude, interest in service, and desire to make a difference
  • Ability to work and lead in all weather conditions
  • Ability to meet AmeriCorps expectations for corps members
  • Ability to provide training, such as tool use and safety

Crew Leader Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership, supervision, motivation and direction to a diverse group of Corps Members
  • Work effectively work with a co-leader
  • Build a healthy community
  • Uphold NCYCC mission
  • Train crew in work skills and proper tool use and maintenance
  • Work with project sponsors to coordinate and ensure project completion
  • Enforce NCYCC policies and follow appropriate discipline procedures
  • Facilitate the WoRD Program, and integrate environmental education into crew experience
  • Complete administrative paperwork, including timesheets
  • Maintain regular communication with supervisor and VYCC/NCYCC headquarters
  • Take responsibility for personal development and engage in VYCC/NCYCC Leadership Review process
  • Use sound judgment to navigate difficult situations and decisions
  • Write a detailed final evaluation of the program
  • Manage food budget and ensure that healthy food is prepared
  • Encourage minimum-impact camping and Leave No Trace principles

As a Conservation Corps Crew Leader, you will serve as a teacher, work supervisor, and a role model for your crew of young adults. Together with another leader, you will be responsible for:

  • Building a community
  • Overseeing the health and safety of your crew
  • Professionally managing your work project(s)
  • Teaching both life and job skills
  • Ensuring that high quality standards are achieved
  • Facilitating crew education, including the WoRD program
  • Upholding the Vermont YCC and NCYCC mission statements

***CTNC is excited to be a partner with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC).  Please make sure to click the North Carolina box on the application to be considered for work in our state. CLICK HERE to visit the application portal.


yccAll crew leaders must participate in a residential staff training held at VYCC Headquarters in Richmond, Vermont. Please contact VYCC Headquarters at (802) 434-3969 for more information about specific dates for training. The training teaches the technical and interpersonal skills needed to be a successful crew leader. In addition to what is taught, each leader is encouraged to further develop, identify, and share his or her own strengths and enhance their existing skills. The long days and nights spent as a large group during training will also contribute to building a strong community of leaders, who learn just as much from each other as they do from the rigorous training sessions.

A sample of topics covered at Staff Training:

  • Community and teambuilding
  • Risk management and Emergency Response Plans
  • Cooperative leadership
  • Administrative paperwork
  • Work project skills including working with stone, trail theory, and bridge construction
  • Conservation education

After training, leaders will have one week to plan and prepare for the arrival of their crew. This week includes project site visits, vehicle and gear distribution, and contacting crew members to make sure they have everything they need for their crew experience.