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Adult Conservation Crews

Field Crew Leader

[Image description: Three MCC Members are standing in a green field, holding structural additions to their project. They are in all of their work attire, including back packs and helmets. Behind them, sharp snow capped peaks jut out of the landscape.]

Assistant Field Crew Leader

Reports to: Regional Program Manager

Classification: AmeriCorps Participant

Position Summary:

The Assistant Crew Leader (ACL) will assist in the successful completion of MCC natural resource and community service projects, on-site management of 4-6 participants, 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 program components while learning advanced leadership skills from their Primary Crew Leader (PCL). This job is not a 9-5, rather a commitment to service and an experience where long hours and extended time away from your home base are expected. Serving as an ACL at MCC means having a passion for service to others, for wildlands and wild places, for personal growth, or any number of MCC’s values. Leaders and their crews will camp for most of their term, often in remote locations in varied terrain and all weather conditions. The CL is the primary in-field liaison between regional staff and the on-site project partner or technical advisor, generally an employee of the land management agency or group working with the crew. The ACL will also establish and maintain a good working relationship with their Primary CL (PCL), other partner personnel, Crew Members, MCC staff, and volunteers who come in contact with the crew. The ACL will be in a leadership learning position that prioritizes Crew Member development through program delivery, project work, and adherence to MCC policies and procedures. The ACL is entitled to the benefits package offered to all AmeriCorps participants.


Assistant Crew Leaders understand that commitment, flexibility, and self-motivation are integral to maintaining high expectations. They use their pre-season and in-season leadership training, experience, and commitment to work with their PCL to facilitate their crew’s development. They are open to learning from their PCL, being creative in their approach to problem-solving, and motivating others. They are also invested in the idea that their personal development and growth as a leader are most fully realized when used in service to their crews, their communities, and the environment.


Primary Work: Work may include building or maintaining trails, treating or removing invasive species, building fences, operating chainsaws to reduce wildfire risks by thinning trees, among many other types of projects. Not all leaders will work on all kinds of projects. Crews may be deployed for natural disaster relief.


Programmatic Duties:

  • Establish a working relationship and training goals with their PCL while actively participating in the portion of MCC’s Leadership Development Program that is available to them, gaining knowledge of, and demonstrating investment in MCC’s approach to fulfilling its mission
  • This is a leadership learning position; must be willing to learn from and work with primary crew leader
  • Work with PCL to define specific crew responsibilities that the ACL will be the lead on
  • Guide, support, and assist Crew Members to ensure quality work performance, safety, and crew well being
  • Communicate and organize service work in conjunction with the partner/land management agency’s technical advisor; ensure project completion to the satisfaction of partner expectations
  • Ensure safety as the top priority during all MCC activities and projects; promote a culture of safety with emphasis on adherence to MCC policies and procedure
  • Make recommendations to regional staff for fair and appropriate behavior management of Crew Members as needed
  • With their PCL, help oversee implementation of all elements of the Crew Member Development program, including delivery of MCC’s formal education curriculum, ensuring successful Crew Member performance of crew roles, and by providing opportunities for Crew Members to feel empowered to take on leadership roles
  • Instruct Crew Members in all relevant technical project skills necessary to promote safety and high-quality project completion. Skills include, but are not limited to: situational awareness, proper tool use, ergonomics/body mechanics, and appropriate methods for project implementation which meet partner agency standards
  • Teach Crew Members all relevant camp-life skills, including, but not limited to: leave-no-trace ethics, group kitchen setup/use, hygiene methods, and waste management
  • Provide technical, logistical, and leadership support to crews and individual Crew Members
  • Promote a positive public image for MCC by wearing the MCC uniform and acting professionally and respectfully at all times while representing MCC
  • Attend and assist in MCC-hosted service days with members of the community and other MCC events
  • Fulfill other program-specific requirements such as those focused on civic engagement
  • Demonstrate an ability to work across differences to promote inclusion of all participants
  • Contribute to MCC diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives

Administrative Duties:

  • Provide information for development and evaluation of Crew Members; including both positive feedback and areas of potential improvement
  • Maintain accurate records, including timesheets, personnel, Crew Member development, inventory, safety, and work project records
  • Complete and submit required reports and other paperwork promptly before the end of the term of service


  • High school degree, GED, or willingness to work towards obtaining a GED
  • Minimum age of 21 years old on the start date of the program
  • US Citizenship or ability to work legally in the US
  • Ability to pass a National Service Criminal History Check
  • Ability to eventually hike 3-20 miles per day in terrain that can be steep, rocky, or uneven, often wearing a 45lb backpack while carrying tools and sometimes backpacking with full packs of 60 – 70lbs
  • Ability to lift to 35 pounds repeatedly and use hand and power tools
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • WAFA is required by the start of the season, and training is reimbursable to the allotted amount.
  • Demonstrates a desire to serve the community and the environment
  • Embraces willingness to work long, hard hours in all weather conditions; ability to be away on overnight trips for up to 10 days at a time
  • Commitment to completing term; available for the duration of the entire term of service

Desired Additional Qualifications

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to pass a Motor Vehicle Records check (Age 21+ required to drive MCC vehicles)


MCC is committed to being diverse, welcoming, and inclusive. We are working to reduce barriers to participating in our programs. This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, genetic information, and military service. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.

While this position description describes the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position, it is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. All Montana Conservation Corps positions may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities.