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Conservation & Disaster Crew Leader

Texas Conservation Corps of American YouthWorks
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Based in Austin, TX - Crew Leaders co-lead a crew of eight individuals to serve with throughout their season. Crews work both hitch and local project schedules. For hitch projects crews will typically work a 10 days on and 4 days off schedule: leaving on a Monday, and coming back the following Wednesday. At the beginning of the week, the crew will go grocery shopping and purchase food with a budget provided by TxCC. The crews will then work, camp, eat, and live together until the end of their 10 day work cycle. For local projects crews will work a regular 8-5pm, Monday-Friday schedule. During projects, the crews will get to and from their project sites using our vehicles, driven by the crew leaders.

Service Activities

DISASTER RESPONSE Establishing Volunteer Reception Centers, Managing Volunteers, Muck & Gutting, Roof Tarping, Debris Removal, Hazard Tree Removal

PARK & TRAIL CONSTRUCTION Trail Building, Maintenance & Repair: Natural Surface & ADA Masonry, Stairs, & Retaining Walls Bridges & Armored Crossings, Trail Design Layout & Consultation, Create Interpretive Brochures, Benches & Kiosks

WATERSHED MANAGEMENT Erosion Control & Bank Restoration, Check Dams & Swales, Aquifer Recharge-Feature Restoration, Creek Clean-Ups

BOTANY Invasive Species Removal, Licensed Herbicide Application, Plantings & Maintenance, Seed Collection, Greenhouse Work, Flora Surveys & Studies

FOREST & RANGE MANAGEMENT Brush Management & Fuel Breaks, Prescribed Burning Preparation & Fuels Management, GIS Data Gathering, Input, & Analysis Tree Care, Planting, & Nursery Work, Fence Installation & Repair, Endangered Species & Habitat Restoration

Community Need Addressed

These crews are focused on conservation projects in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. These members complete habitat restoration and trail projects with a variety of partners, from the National Park Service to Travis County Parks. These crews are based in our Austin site.

Though most of the season will consist of conservation projects; these crews remain on-call and able to deploy should a flood, fire, hurricane, or other disaster occur. TxCC is both a state and federal resource during disasters, and receive training in spontaneous volunteer management, donations management, and the Incident Command System. Common partners include FEMA and the Texas Department of Emergency Management.

Position Outcomes

Improve the safety and quality of public lands and disaster areas.

Benefits

Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

S212 Wildland Chainsaws Certification CPR/AED First Aid Certification Wilderness First Aid Certification

Education Benefits

CPR AED Certification Wilderness First Aid Certification FEMA Certifications S212 Wildland Chainsaw Certification

Skills you will gain

Chainsaw, Trail Maintenance, Trail Construction, Teamwork, Leadership, Habitat Restoration

Competencies You Will Develop
Communication
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Turn taking, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Teamwork
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Decisions
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Tools
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Planning
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Set goals
Service
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Community & Nonprofit Development, Disaster, Environment
  • Length of Service 11 Months
  • Education Requirements GED
  • Placement Team Placement
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit, Park
  • Weekly Training Hours 1

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